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Venue

Clemente Soto Velez Cultural and Educational Center
107 Suffolk St
New York, NY
When Teatro SEA opened on the Lower East Side in 1991, founder and creative director Manuel MorĂ¡n produced More.
212-529-1545
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Schedule

Daily, 3:30-7:00 pm; May 25 - June 23


Website

VERNACULAR UNIVERSALISM | FREEMASONRY IN HAITI AND BEYOND

VERNACULAR UNIVERSALISM | FREEMASONRY IN HAITI AND BEYOND

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In Haiti, during the colonial era, the Freemasons were one of the few European institutions that allowed black membership. Freemasonry still thrives in contemporary Haiti, and its visual world pervades the Haitian imaginary. The symbols that recur throughout this exhibition once tethered a web of ideas that stretched across the Atlantic, encrypting the most precious values of the Enlightenment.

This exhibition aims to visualize the mesh of magic and reason; alchemy and science; trade and metaphysical exchange that has stretched into the 21st century. By focusing on Haiti, this exhibition sheds light on the relationship between colonized peoples and the Enlightenment. It suggests that for some, Freemasonry offered a path to becoming an agent of modernity, rather than its reviled ‘other’. This exhibition will be a timely and significant contribution to an understanding of Freemasonry through the lens of the Black Atlantic.