04 January 2012
"Invoking Peace", a new exhibition at the Euphrat Museum, boasts a wide assortment of innovative art and experimental calligraphy from a large number of contemporary artists hailing from all over the world who are working in an Islamic vein.
According to Diana Argabrite, the museum's Director of Arts , the exhibition will feature diverse modern art that will educate viewers of the issues facing Muslims everywhere in the world.
"I think the community will enjoy the diversity of the art if they aren't familiar with Islamic Cultures," she said. "They will gain a deeper understanding of the religious and secular differences. There are Muslims from many different countries that express different issues."
Traditional and hybrid calligraphy is combined with site-specific installations, animation, graphic design, a collaborative mural, and more. This shared call for peace brings together artists from around the globe.
Artists include: Seyed Alavi, Doris Bittar, Ala Ebtekar (whose "Morning Breeze" is pictured right), Taraneh Hemami, and Saira Wasim with Legacy of Qur'an: Messages of Peace artists Um Amina, Salma Arastu, Davi Barker, Bassamat Bahnasy, Manli Chao, Haji Noor Deen, Azeem Khaliq, Ali Khan, Asma Khan, Fatima Ozgun, Mark Piercy, David Platford, Nabeela Raza Sajjad, Ayesha Samdani, Lubna Shaikh, Arash Shirinibab, and Zubair Simab.
The exhibition will also include artists from the successful traveling art show "Legacy of Qu'ran: Messages of Peace", where various California artists respond to select verses from the Qur'an.
Known for its challenging exhibitions, the Euphrat is more than a museum. It is an experiential environment for visual ideas and communication, which boasts a comprehensive program of arts, education, public art programs and lectures to stimulate creativity and interest in art among audiences of all ages. It is also known for its collaborative arts programs.
The exhibition runs from 3 February to 17 March 2012
Jeremy Barousse, "Silicon Valley Reads: Islamic Art Exhibit Comes to Euphrat Museum" Cupertino Patch February 3, 2012
"Invoking Peace " Da Anza News February 3, 2012
Reproduced with permission from Islam Today