(Vocus) September 1, 2010
In an exclusive arrangement, the Gladstone Hotel is pleased to present the personal collection of Haitian and Jamaican art by acclaimed director Jonathan Demme. Curated by Wail Qattan, the special exhibit will be on display in the hotel’s gallery space, September 7 – 16th, 2010 and will feature a selection of works by self-taught Haitian masters such as Philome Obin, Gabriel Alix, Georges Liautaud, & Pierre Joseph-Valcin.
The award-winning director of such films, The Silence of the Lambs and Philadelphia, Demme will also host an exclusive screening and discussion of his documentary, The Agronomist, on September 12th at 2pm. Tickets to the event will be sold at a cost of $20 per person, with all proceeds to support relief work in Haiti.
An avid collector, Demme’s diverse creative interests include a love for Haiti and its culture. After acquiring a Haitian painting at a New York gallery in the 1980s, he repeatedly visited Haiti where he learned Creole and befriended artists and activists while shooting footage for the film The Agronomist, which features the life of activist and prominent Haitian journalist, Jean Dominique.
On September 11, 2010, the Gladstone will also welcome Haitian culture and vodou expert, Astrid Jaeger. A vodou temple from Jaeger’s own collection will be installed in the Demme exhibit, followed by a discussion with the internationally-renowned specialist at 1pm.
The Demme exhibit will be free of charge for guests and visitors to the Gladstone. Tickets to The Agronomist screening and discussion can be purchased at the hotel or online at http://www.eventbrite.com/event/777404237. For more information, call the Gladstone Hotel at 416-531-4635 or visit http://www.gladstonehotel.com.
About the Gladstone
Located in the city’s trendy Queen West neighbourhood, the Gladstone is Toronto’s oldest continuously operating hotel and is home to 37 artist-designed guest rooms including eclectic favourites like the Queen Suite on Queen Street or the iconic Canadiana room. Well-known for its distinctive and continued contribution to the arts, the Gladstone is a cultural incubator for new ideas in art and design. With over 100 events each month, the Gladstone is a living gallery, host to a variety of exhibits and installations by both prominent and up-and-coming Canadian artists throughout the year.