“Jerusalem, 1000-1400: Every People Under Heaven,” at the Metropolitan Museum, is a captivating show of some two hundred objects from the era of the Crusades. There are manuscripts, maps, paintings, sculptures, architectural fragments, reliquaries, ceramics, glass, fabrics, astrolabes, jewelry, weapons, and, especially, books—in nine alphabets and twelve languages. The works, from sixty lenders in more than a dozen countries, express the Jewish, Islamic, and Christian cultures of the time, the three great Abrahamic faiths sharing a city holy to them all, when they weren’t bloodily contesting it.
The third edition of Qalandiya International (QI), a biennial-style initiative, is due to launch next month across towns and villages in Palestine (5-31 October). The project, based on the themes of return and refuge, includes a new version of the Tent Embassy work by the Aboriginal artist Richard Bell, which will go on show at the Shuafat refugee camp in East Jerusalem.
Vian Shamounki Borchert prepares to serve Washingtonian art enthusiasts a lesson in cosmopolitan interpretation. A professor, a mother, and extensive traveler, Vian possesses a unique and valuable talent for writing poetry through expressionist art.
The San Francisco Public Library will host “Home Away from Home: Little Palestine by the Bay” an exhibit by Palestinian photographer Najib Joe Hakim. “Home” combines photography and recorded oral histories to tackle the question, “What does it mean to be Palestinian in America?”
Vian Shamounki Borchert is participating in multiple events including in the Summer in Miami “Figurative & Portrait” Exhibition at Miami’s Wynwood Art District at “Art & Sol” Gallery which is in the center of the art district and one block from the Wynwood Art Walls.
During the First Intifada, when Israeli soldiers confiscated the flags of Palestinian women protesting in the streets, the women responded by embroidering the Palestinian flag and silhouettes of the country in endless repetition along the chests, sleeves, and back hems of their thobes (traditional Palestinian dresses). Samples of these politically charged ‘Intifada Dresses’ are on display through July 30 in Beirut, Lebanon as part of an ambitious survey featuring more than 60 embroidered items, as well as photographs, paintings, and graphic arts representing Palestinian textiles throughout history.
After visiting “Forbidden Colors” on display at Gallery Al-Quds, Mark Jenkins of The Washington Post comments, “The work is by 33 artists, and varies as widely in quality and sophistication as Civilian’s rock-legend show. A few puckish entries render the flag, or its colors, in found objects: Rajie Cook uses painted cat-food cans, while Andrew Courtney’s photograph arranges eggplant, tomatoes, peppers and cauliflower.”
Washington – Forbidden Colors, on view at the Gallery Al-Quds in Washington, is a free-for-all in the best of ways. Through 49 works in all media, 30 artists address artistic suppression, particularly the former Israeli ban on the use of red, green, black and white — the pan-Arab colours of the Palestinian flag. Every hue, topic and technique; every symbol, from poppies to keys, finds a place in the show. ‘I forbid you nothing,’ Dagmar Painter, curator of the gallery, told artists in her invitation.