Gessen Collection

Ann and Ed Gessen, St. Petersberg, FL

By way of introduction, my wife Ann and I have been collecting Haitian Art for over 40 years, and have a fairly extensive collection of Haitian paintings, metal sculptures, Vodou Flags (my passion), and other various crafts. These remarkable artworks have been collected by many trips to Haiti, and by many visits with fellow collectors, gallerists, and auction houses from across the country. Our walls may be full, but our excitement is wide open!

Over the years, we have been able to share parts of the collection by way of loans to several exhibits and books on Haitian Art. These opportunities have been scarce! Now everything has changed and technology will afford all of us the chance to share our collections with many others to enjoy. For this, we are grateful to the Haitian Art Society, for making this possible. I sincerely hope others will join us in this effort. Previous exhibits and periodicals have been:

  1. Los Angeles Craft and Folk Art Museum Haitian Art Exhibition-2006-Curated by Carine Fabius
  2. Eastern Illinois University Vodou Flag Exhibit-2007-Curated by Laurie Beasley/Marilyn Houlberg
  3. San Francisco Jazz Heritage Museum “Haiti to Cuba” Exhibit-2012-Curated by Marguerite Brown
  4. UCLA Fowler Museum-Los Angeles, and Musee de la civilization-Quebec City, Quebec “In Extremis” Exhibition and Catalog-2013-Curated by Marla Burns/Don Cosentino/Patrick Polk
  5. Nottingham Contemporary Gallery (UK) “Kafou” Exhibition and Catalog-2012-Curated by Alex Farquharson/Leah Gordon
  6. “Spirits in Sequins” Book on Vodou Flags-2007-Nancy Jacobson
  7. “Masterpieces of Haitian Art” Book on Haitian Art-2013-Candice Russell
  8. “Arts and Religions of Haiti” Book on the interaction of Haitian Religions and Art-2015-LeGrace Benson
  9. Waterloo Center for the Arts, St Petersburg Museum of Fine Arts, and Tampa Museum of Arts: Several donated pieces on display in their permanent collections
  10. Grinnell College “En Voyage” Exhibition and Catalog-2018-Curated by Fredo Rivera
  11. Tampa Museum of Art “Sacred Diagrams” Vodou Flags Exhibition and Catalog-2019/2020, Curated by Joanna Robotham/Edouard Duval-Carrie

My personal goal is to share this work with the greater community. As a member of the Haitian Art Society and recently elected President of its Board of Directors, I am excited to be a part of this groundbreaking website transformation project.

Erzulie and La Sirene Under the Mapou Tree, 2000s
Erzulie and La Sirene Under the Mapou Tree, 2000s
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Dessalines laissant la Crete-a-Pierro, 1960s
Dessalines laissant la Crete-a-Pierro, 1960s
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La Sirene, La Baleine, 1990s
La Sirene, La Baleine, 1990s
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LaSirene in Jungle, 1960-70s
LaSirene in Jungle, 1960-70s
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Adam and Eve, 1980s
Adam and Eve, 1980s
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Pregnant Woman in River, 1990s
Pregnant Woman in River, 1990s
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Ceremony Under Tree, 1980s
Ceremony Under Tree, 1980s
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Man in RaRa Costume, 1980s
Man in RaRa Costume, 1980s
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Hairy Creature with Zombie, 1980s
Hairy Creature with Zombie, 1980s
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Two Rara Men with Cross, 1980s
Two Rara Men with Cross, 1980s
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Marriage of Agwe and Lasirene, 1985
Marriage of Agwe and Lasirene, 1985
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Leopard and Elephant, 1980s
Leopard and Elephant, 1980s
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Agwe and Lasirene, 1998
Agwe and Lasirene, 1998
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Marriage of Agwe and LaSirene, 2000s
Marriage of Agwe and LaSirene, 2000s
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Eve in the Garden, 1970s
Eve in the Garden, 1970s
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Vodou Ceremony, 1980s
Vodou Ceremony, 1980s
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Crucifixion with Lwas, 1990s
Crucifixion with Lwas, 1990s
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Dambala/Woman Metamorphis, 1980s
Dambala/Woman Metamorphis, 1980s
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Imaginary Village with Baby Jesus, 1970s
Imaginary Village with Baby Jesus, 1970s
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Baron Samedi and Guede Nibo, 1985
Baron Samedi and Guede Nibo, 1985
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Offering Under the Cross, 1980s
Offering Under the Cross, 1980s
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Vodou Tower with Dambalahs, 1998
Vodou Tower with Dambalahs, 1998
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Marriage Procession, 2005
Marriage Procession, 2005
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Vodou Sacrifice, 1970s
Vodou Sacrifice, 1970s
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Village Market, 1980s
Village Market, 1980s
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Ceremony of the Breads, 1950s
Ceremony of the Breads, 1950s
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Vodou Ceremony, 1940-50s
Vodou Ceremony, 1940-50s
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Adam and Eve, 1970s
Adam and Eve, 1970s
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Vodou Ceremony, 1960s
Vodou Ceremony, 1960s
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