Talking art and food

tasty February 25, 2019 13:15

By The Nation

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Dr Joanne Hyppolite, a Haitian American curator at Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture (NMAAHC) with expertise in African American and African diaspora material and expressive culture, is in Thailand to talk about art and food.

Hyppolite will be on the panel at the discussion on “The Digital Museum: New Technologies and the 21st Century Museum” taking place tomorrow (February 26) at 6 in a multifunction room on the first floor of the Bangkok Art and Culture Centre “Art Talk”, which also includes Chawin Srabour, operation manager of Google Street View Thailand.

On March 1 at 4pm, Hyppolite will take part in a presentation and food tasting on “Food Culture: African American and Thai Traditional Foodways” at Museum Siam together with ML Kwantip Devakula, chef, chef guru, judge of Master Chef Thailand, and moderater Saraichatt Jirapaet.

The programme for the food tasting is conducted in English. Audio devices for simultaneous interpretation will be provided free of charge (limited). Registration starts at 3.3pm.

Hyppolite moved to the United States when she was four years old and grew up in Boston. Her family hails from Les Cayes and PortauPrince.

Prior to joining the Smithsonian, she was the chief curator at History Miami Museum from 2008 to 2014, where she curated the exhibitions “Black Crossroads: The African Diaspora in Miami”; “Haitian Community Arts”; “Rob Storter: Art of the Everglades”; “Necropolis Cristobal Colon: Photographs by Raul Rodriguez and Black Freedom in Florida”. 

She holds a PhD in literature from the University of Miami, an MA in African American Studies from the University of California, Los Angeles and a BA in English and Afro American Studies from the University of Pennsylvania.