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Mood is Indigo as Edouard Duval-Carrie returns to Museum of Art

No matter what else is on display at the Museum of Art Fort Lauderdale, the Indigo Room has always been a valuable place to exhale and ponder what you’ve just seen — or how you’re feeling about your life these days. The space has unique restorative powers.

Ten years ago, South Florida artist Edouard Duval-Carrié created the work formally known as "The Indigo Room, or Is Water Soluble," a meditation on the historical and contemporary Haitian experience told via an installation of glowing, translucent cells that hold personal objects from the local Haitian community. It came together as part of a special collaboration with students and teachers from Fort Lauderdale’s Dillard High School.

For the 10th anniversary of the work, the Museum of Art will reunite Duval-Carrié with those students, some of whom are pursuing art careers, for a rededication ceremony from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 17.

“The Indigo Room is an important work in the Museum of Art’s permanent collection that is also a symbol of its long-standing commitment to education and the community,” museum director Bonnie Clearwater says in a press statement. “We invite everyone to join us as we celebrate its anniversary.”

In keeping with the theme, at 1:30 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 20, the museum will host celebrated Haitian-American author Edwidge Danticat, who will sign and discuss her new novel, the critically lauded “Claire of the Sea Light.”

The museum is at 1 E. Las Olas Blvd., in Fort Lauderdale. Admission is $10, $7 seniors/military, $5 students, free 12 or younger. Call 954-525-5500 or go to

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