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Institutionalized Symbolism
  • Ulrick Jean-Pierre
    born 1955
    born: Roseaux, Haiti ; active: United States
  • Institutionalized Symbolism, 2007
  • Where object was made: United States
  • oil on canvas
  • Canvas/Support: 24 x 20 in
  • Private collection
  • Not on display
  • EL2018.106
  • Loan: Not in the Spencer's collection
Label Text

Exhibition Label:
"The Ties that Bind: Haiti, the United States, and the Art of Ulrick Jean-Pierre in Comparative Perspective", 08-Sep-2018
As an institution, marriage is an important rite of passage for many people around the world. Jean-Pierre’s painting depicts the various symbols that this institution can entail. The three books, titled La Bible (The Bible), Le Coran (The Q’ran), and Le Mariage
(Marriage), reference some elements of marriage in different religious contexts. Similarly, the crucifix, dove, contract, dollar bill, and gavel symbolize the complexity of marriage as it relates to
religion, economy, and culture. The two hands highlight the nature of marriage as a contract between two individuals.