PHONE: (313) 593-5644
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
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.