Continuity and Change: Islamic Tradition in Contemporary Art
curated by Ayse Turgut
November 10 – December 2, 2007
Opening Reception Saturday November 10th 2007 4-6 P.M.
November 17th program
4–6 P.M. $10
Artist Talk: Mumtaz Hussain discusses his work and the art of Islamic calligraphy
Musical Performance: Sitar and Tabla Duet of Anjana Roy and Eric Alabaster
Dance Performance and Workshop: Come learn the whirling dervish and Egyptian folk stick dance with Yasser Darwish.
Artists on exhibit:
Hend Al-Mansour-Saudi Arabia
Special Guest Artists
In light of the events of Sept. 11th, work from artists living in the Islamic world and its diaspora are becoming known in the American contemporary art scene. Continuity and Change: Islamic Tradition in Contemporary Art will showcase the work of a wide range of artists, examining how the question of Islamic identity—both secular and religious, has shaped their oeuvre. Themes explored will include the use of calligraphy and other Islamic artistic traditions in contemporary art, as well as gender, politics and spirituality. This visually and intellectually engaging show promises to bridge the gap of understanding between the U.S. and the Islamic world by opening dialogue and stimulating an interest to learn. Continuity and Change: Islamic Tradition in Contemporary Art will invite the viewer to take a closer look and to go beyond the images of Islamic stereotypes portrayed in today’s mainstream media.