“NeoHooDoo: Art for a Forgotten Faith”

“NeoHooDoo: Art for a Forgotten Faith” at the Menil Collection looks at spirituality and ritual. There is Michael Tracy’s literal Cruz de la Paz Sagrada (Cross of the Sacred Peace), a cross adorned with metal hearts, trinkets, rosary beads, cactus needles and even human hair, as well as the more abstract Halo (Auréolas) by Marepe, a circle of lights on the floor shining into the center of the circle. Also on view is Felix Gonzalez-Torres’s Untitled (Go-Go Dancing Platform), a male go-go dancer wearing a silver-lamé bathing suit, sneakers and a Walkman standing in the center of a tiny wooden stage, surrounded by lightbulbs (silver lamé, spirituality, hmm, we’re gonna have to think about that one). Other artists discuss genocide, while still others address slavery and colonization, all within the framework of spirituality. The exhibit takes its name from the word “hoo doo,” a 19th-century bastardization of “Vodun,” a Haitian religion. 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Wednesdays through Sundays. Through September 21. The Menil Collection, 1515 Sul Ross. For information, call 713-525-9400 or visit www.menil.org. Free.
Wednesdays-Sundays, 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Starts: June 27. Continues through Sept. 21, 2008
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Olivia Flores Alvarez