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Upcoming Exhibit

"I Wish You Were Here: Postcards as Cross Cultural Communication"

The Department of Afroamerican and African Studies’ GalleryDAAS in conjunction with the Zimbabwe Cultural Centre of Detroit presents “I Wish You Were Here: Postcards as Cross Cultural Communication”.

The exhibit features postcards created during a recent exchange between artists in Zimbabwe and the U.S. and will run from September 13–December 14, 2018.

Join us for the opening reception on Friday, September 13 at 4:30 p.m.

After the reception please join us for "The Jit Exchange" performance at the UMMA Aspe,
7:00 p.m. A synthesis of Zimbabwean jiti, Detroit ghetto tech, jit dance, jazz and funk, this performance is the culmination of a month long artist residency and exchange between dancer/choreographers from Detroit and Zimbabwe, with musical support from SMTD students and alumni, and in collaboration with the Center for World Performance Studies.

The fall exhibit for GalleryDAAS & the Jit Exchange Performance are part of the University of
Michigan’s Museum of Art’s exhibit of modern African artists “Beyond Borders: Global Africa” (August 11–November 25, 2018).

Mutare artist Biggie Matore illustrating the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History, Detroit. (2014)

GalleryDAAS exhibits contemporary black visual art. Collaborating with artists, curators, critics and art historians as well as with DAAS/U-M faculty and students, the gallery celebrates and interrogates the creativity of artists of Africa and its diasporas, not only in our exhibitions, but through our artist residency program and by offering gallery-based learning opportunities for DAAS and the broader U-M community.

GalleryDAAS presents two or three exhibitions a year during the fall and winter semesters. The gallery is located on the ground floor of Haven Hall in Room G648.

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