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Dis[Locating] Culture
Contemporary Islamic Art in America
April 15 - July 30, 2011
Opening Reception | April 15, 2011 | 5:00 - 7:30pm | Come Meet the Artists!
Exhibit is complemented by a weekend of events throughout Pittsburgh!
Dis_Locating_ Culture

Co-curated by Michael Berger
and Reem Alalusi

This exhibition is co-curated by Reem Alalusi, a Cambridge-educated art historian, critic, and independent curator based in the Washington, D.C. area. She specializes in Middle Eastern and Islamic art.

We are living in a time of binary thinking and exclusionary conclusions.  Based on manufactured boundaries between cultures, these barriers lead to ever more fear and mistrust.  Mistaken notions about one another travel far and wide, sometimes carried by political and religious subtexts that inform both popular and 'high' culture.

Dis[Locating] Culture will be Pittsburgh’s first exhibit of contemporary Islamic art, and certainly one of the first in America’s Midwest; the exhibit will showcase some of the finest American Islamic artists – whether Muslim by faith or not. Dis[Locating] Culture aims to problematize stereotypes and challenge notions of cultural and religious homogeneity. This exhibition is designed to build bridges of intercultural understanding via the universal language of art.

Some of the artists included come from the Islamic world but do not live there; some neither live nor have roots in the so-called Islamic world, but yet their works are classified under the Islamic umbrella as a result of their political, social, or even technical choices. Islamic art is conventionally thought of as a separate category from Western art, but these artists blur the categories. These works are neither Islamic by nature nor Western, per se; this is Contemporary Art.

Artists Featured in Exhibition
Negar Ahkami
Shiva Ahmadi
Jowhara AlSaud
Shoja Azari
Sandow Birk
Amir Fallah
Anoka Faruqee
Asad Faulwell
Farah Ossouli

Exhibit is complemented by a weekend of events throughout Pittsburgh!

The Warhol Museum
Saturday April 16, 2011
1 - 5 p.m.
Symposium at the Warhol Museum
Keynote Speaker: Reza Aslan
Moderated by: Tom Sokolowski
View the Symposium in three parts on Michael Berger Gallery's Vimeo Page

"Children of God: Learning to Play Together" : An Afternoon with Dr. Reza Aslan Author of No god but God: The Origins, Evolution, and Future of Islam.
Featuring a timely discussion on Islam and building interfaith understanding. Book signing to follow.

Presented by the Pittsburgh Middle East Institute, Temple Sinai, the Pittsburgh Area Jewish Committee and the Michael Berger Gallery.

Event is free and open to the public.

Temple Sinai
5505 Forbes Avenue
Sunday April 17, 2011
1:30 - 3:30 p.m.

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