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2017-2018 Exhibitions

A Treasured Collection of Haitian Art

February 11 – April 15, 2018

Despite political, economic and natural upheavals during much of Haiti’s history, Haitians have developed a unique culture, with art and music that speaks to the expressiveness, vitality and indomitable spirit of the people of this small island nation. This exhibition highlights the stunning private collection of Carlsbad resident Lawrence Kent. Featuring more than 45 works from the 1940s to present, the Kent Collection illustrates the diverse and distinct characteristics of Haiti’s visual traditions. 

Opening Reception  Sat., Feb. 24, 5 – 7 p.m., Free
Hosted by the Carlsbad Friends of the Arts

Collector’s Talk  Sat., Feb. 24, 4:30 p.m., Free
Lawrence Kent shares his thoughts on collecting
Schulman Auditorium

Family Open Studios  Sat., March 3, 11 a.m. – 2 p.m., Free
Carlsbad City Library Complex


Retooled: Highlights from the Hechinger Collection

Oct. 22, 2017 – Jan. 27, 2018

The culmination of a relationship between man and his tools is the collection of John Hechinger, the owner of a successful chain of hardware stores, who began collecting tool-inspired art in the 1980s. This exhibition features 40 pieces of his 400 piece collection and includes a variety of 20th century modern and contemporary pieces, highlighting 28 visionary artists including Jacob Lawrence, Jim Dine, Walker Evans, Fernand Léger, Claes Oldenburg, James Rosenquist, Roger Shimomura and Bernice Abbott. Organized by International Arts & Artists, Washington D.C. Gift of John and June Hechinger.