Mamoun Sakkal, Steps and Shadows

Mamoun Sakkal: Steps and Shadows, digital print.

Helen Zughaib, Midnight Prayer, gouache on board, 2007, Collection of Omar and Sandra Namoos

Helen Zughaib, Midnight Prayer, gouache on board, 2007, Collection of Omar and Sandra Namoos

Soody Sharifi, Boys Night Out, Digital C-print, 2006

Asma Shikoh, Beehive, mixed media, 2007

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
Filiz Cicek–Turkey
Gultekin Cizgen–Turkey
Nezaket Ekici–Turkey
Mumtaz Hussain–Pakistan
Sehr Jalal–Pakistan
Sara Rahbar–Iran
Afarin Rahmanifar–Iran
Talha Rathore–Pakistan
Hala Schoukair–Lebanon
Mamoun Sakkal–Syria
Soody Sharifi–Iran
Asma Shikoh–Pakistan
Helen Zughaib–Lebanon

Special Guest Artists
Amin Gulgee–Pakistan
Samia Halaby–Palestine

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.

Sponsored by:

ASMA Society

Al-Jisser

ArteEast

Independence Community Foundation