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DATE: Dec. 24, 2003

"200 Zan Libète: 200 Years of Freedom"

DEARBORN---The African and African American Studies Program at the University of Michigan-Dearborn, in conjunction with the Art Museum Project, will present "200 Zan Libète: 200 Years of Freedom" from Jan. 12 through Feb. 6 at the Alfred Berkowitz Gallery.

The exhibition, in observance of the bicentennial of Haitian independence, will feature drawings, paintings and sculptures as well as traditional handcrafted objects by Haitian artists on loan from collectors and galleries in the Detroit area.

The exhibition is free and open to the public. The Alfred Berkowitz Gallery is located inside the Mardigian Library on the UM-Dearborn campus, and is open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

"It allows us to observe the successful liberation efforts led by Toussaint Louverture two centuries ago while affirming our commitment to critically examining the various cultures of people of African descent around the world," according to Claude Jacobs, associate professor of behavioral sciences. "I am excited that AAAS, with the support of a diversity challenge grant from the Office of the Provost, is presenting this remarkable artwork."

The Haitian exhibition offers a glimpse of the traditions and culture of this Caribbean nation. A selection of Vodou banners and objects used in religious practice as well as a collection of documentary photographs taken by William McNeece, adjunct lecturer in sociology at UM-Dearborn, also will be shown.

Jacobs is coordinating the exhibition along with visiting professor Gloria House and an advisory committee from Detroit's Haitian and Haitian-American communities.

Other events coinciding with the exhibit include a reception featuring ethnic foods and a performance from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 25.

In February, anthropology Prof. Guerin Montilus of Wayne State University will present "Ancestral Memory, Vision and Struggle in Haitian Art" from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 8 at the Alfred Berkowitz Gallery.

For more information, call (313) 593-1391.

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