Me: Wow all this art is Haitian?
Him: (shaking his head) No, of course not.
Me: (confused) Then why is it called Haitian Gallery?
Him: Well it began as a Haitian Gallery but now we get art from all around the world, this mask is from Polynesia for example...
Me: (disappointed and slightly annoyed) Oh...welll...okay
That being said I did get some nice pictures of the inside! I was reminded of my previous post about cultural consumption, who consumes Haitian art, when, where and what does it mean. Haitian art is certainly well known throughout the world, what are some different ways it is being used, consumed and represented outside of Haiti? When we talk about "outside of Haiti" we also need to carefully distinguish between how this consumption translates across cultures. How is Haitian art received or appreciated in Puerto Rico or other parts of the Caribbean, in Bénin, Nigeria, or other parts of the African continent, or in France and Spain and other parts of Europe? I don't have definitive answers to any of these questions, but it is something I thought about a lot after my encounter in this Puerto Rican "Haitian Gallery."