Opening: 7:00 PM | January 29, 2010
Panel Discussion: 5-7 PM | Jan 30, 2010 | Moderated: Alison Cuddy, WBEZ
The Co-Prosperity Sphere | 3219-21 South Morgan St., Chicago
For Immediate Release
Monday January 18, 2010
Dialogue: Presented by IRUS art (an intercultural collaborative art show between artists in Iran and the U.S.)
Two teams of artists, one in Tehran and another in Denver have assembled under one name: IRUS (Iran - United States). Starting with our mutual respect for art, we have established collaborative projects between our groups. During a one-year period, each group initiated a creative piece and mailed incomplete works back and forth through completion between our two cities: either directly or through friends, relatives or acquaintances who were traveling between the U.S. and Iran.
This show demonstrates the fruit of that one-year period: a vibrant collection of intercultural pieces designed to celebrate cultural differences and find harmony through art. Using “Dialogue” as our theme, it is our goal to present the perspectives of each group in a respectful, trusting and encouraging manner. In this process, we not only develop art but also participate in a functional dialogue with each other as artists and individuals. One component of the show is the Persian story of Scheherazade (of One Thousand and One Nights) alongside the stories of Mark Twain as a conceptual framework for the art thereby promoting the exploration of and interaction between the two cultures.
For the first time in Chicago we will be displaying our “Dialogue” to the public beginning January 29th until February 4th at the Co-Prosperity Sphere gallery. A panel discussion with five of the IRUS art artists will be held on January 30th, 5-7 PM. Artists from Iran will join online. Alison Cuddy will moderate the panel. Alison is the Senior Producer of Chicago Matters and co-Host of Eight Forty-Eight on WBEZ Chicago Public Radio.
The show is sponsored by Pasfarda Arts & Cultural Exchange, the Co-Prosperity Sphere, and CCESL at the University of Denver.
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