The Institute of Arab and Islamic Art in New York opens with a stunning collection including the works from four women. Saudi national Dana Awartani and Iranian Monir Shahroudy Farmanfarmaian make hot topics for the Manhattan based centre for minority culture. This venue is however temporary, and it is hoped that this event will bring awareness to the need for a permanent residence in the city.
Founding chairman Sheikh Mohammed Rashid Al-Thani of Quatar has said he wishes to “showcase the breadth of art and culture from the Arab and Islamic world..and challenge stereotypes and misconceptions” (The Art Newspaper)
Awartani has recently had work exhibited in the Saudi 21,39 festival of contemporary art drawing on traditional Islamic motifs with the use of sand. Farmanfarmaian however is better known for geometric and reflective pieces.
Within the 2,500 sq. foot art space, the demonstration of rich eastern culture hopes to send a clear message to the concepts behind the recent travel bans implemented by President Trump. Being in one of the key cities of American heritage, New York stands to be the breeding ground for the cultural revolution necessary to close the doors of racism once more. Sheikh Al-Thani may not be the next Dr. King Jr. but it's certain that what happens in New York won't stay in New York.
The show starts on the 4th of May and its at 3 Howard Street in lower Manhattan.
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