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ISRAELI, PALESTINIAN ARTISTS UNITE FOR PEACE IN CANTOR FITZGERALD EXHIBIT

Haverford’s Cantor Fitzgerald Gallery will be host to a unique exhibition of Israeli and Palestinian screenprint art, Jan. 26-Feb. 25, 2007. Entitled “35 Prints—35 Years of Occupation: Israeli and Palestinian Artists Against the Occupation and for a Common Tomorrow,” the exhibit was originally created to address the possibility of using art as a bridge to resolving conflict. From their outset, the joint Israeli-Palestinian print exhibitions (which have already appeared in Europe) have promoted several key principles, namely opposition to the occupation, two states for two people, a shared Jerusalem, and support for non-violent means for resolving the conflict.

“Indeed, since 1981, Israeli and Palestinian artists have collaborated on a series of joint projects protesting the occupation and with the intention of working together towards a joint future based upon equal and secure co-existence, in which the culture of one people enriches and reinforces that of the other,” says Haverford Professor of Economics Linda Bell, who is coordinating the exhibit’s appearance at the Gallery.

During the exhibit’s run, a Palestinian and an Israeli artist will visit campus, and provide expertise on art and the historical context of this conflict for a forum or series of forums.

Located in Whitehead Campus Center, the Cantor Fitzgerald Gallery is open 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday and noon-5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. On Wednesday evenings, the Gallery will stay open until 8 p.m. An opening reception is scheduled for Friday, Jan. 26 from 5-7 p.m. For more information, call (610) 896-1287 or visit www.cantorfitzgeraldgallery.

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