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CIS News for February 2017

Congratulations and our gratitude to Carol Bier, Islamic Art Historian and CIS Visiting Scholar, for her extraordinary work on curating the exhibition, Reverberating Echoes: Contemporary Art Inspired by Traditional Islamic Art, at the Doug Adams Gallery, Center for the Arts & Religion, GTU, January 31 to May 26, 2017.

Scriptures and Revelation in the Abrahamic Traditions

Monday, February 13, 2017 - 12:00pm

In celebration of Interfaith Harmony week, please join CIS and CJS for an enlightening talk by Dr. Mahmoud Ayoub. 
GTU Library Dinner Board Room, 2400 Ridge Road Berkeley, CA 94709

"Borders and Identity": Earl and Boswell Lectures at PSR

Friday, March 17, 2017 - 10:00am to Saturday, March 18, 2017 - 5:00pm

Pacific School of Religion and the Center for LGBTQ and Gender Studies in Religion are hosting the 2017 Earl and Boswell Lectures March 17-18 in Berkeley, California. The goal of Borders and Identity is to equip leaders to stand for justice with all those on the borders and margins.

Community Forum: Meet the Artists

Wednesday, February 1, 2017 - 3:00pm

Join us at the Doug Adams Gallery for a special program! Tour the exhibition, Reverberating Echoes: Contemporary Art Inspired by Traditional Islamic Art, with six of the featured artists, guided by curator Carol Bier. After the tour, stay to mingle with the artists and enjoy the show. In co-sponsorship with Center for the Arts & Religion at the Graduate Theological Union.

 

Dillenberger Lecture Series: Pseudo-Arabic as a Marker of Christian Identity in Middle Byzantine Art and Architecture

Friday, March 10, 2017 - 5:00pm

​“Things” can help us understand social identities, relationships, and practices in the medieval world, especially in situations where textual documentation is minimal or completely absent. In this lecture, Dr. Alicia Walker explores how pseudo-Arabic motifs on medieval Christian buildings and objects materialized social identities and spiritual authority among monastic communities across the eastern Mediterranean, thereby attesting to an interconnectedness that is only thinly documented in the written record. 

Opening Reception: Reverberating Echoes

Tuesday, January 31, 2017 - 5:00pm

Join us on January 31 for the opening of our exhibition, Reverberating Echoes: Contemporary Art Inspired by Traditional Islamic Art, curated by Carol Bier. This timely exhibition highlights the work of seven American artists of diverse backgrounds who draw inspiration from Islamic visual heritage. Through their artwork, these artists – Muslim and non-Muslim, women and men, residing in Blue states or Red states – remind us of the beauty and meaning that we can find by reaching across borders of religion and culture.

Doug Adams Gallery, 2465 Le Conte Avenue, Berkeley. Street parking available.

Event time: 5-7pm. The opening reception will feature music by Dror Sinai and friends. 

 

RSVP on Eventbrite- space is limited!

Illustrated Lecture with Carol Bier

Monday, February 6, 2017 - 7:30pm

The Hillside Club (2286 Cedar Street, Berkeley) is hosting this illustrated lecture by CIS Visiting Scholar Carol Bier, curator of the exhibition, Reverberating Echoes: Contemporary Art Inspired by Traditional Islamic Art, on display at the Doug Adams Gallery from January 31-May 26, 2017.  This lecture is co-sponsored by the Center for Islamic Studies and the Hillside Club.

Madrasa-Midrasha Joint Program

The Richard S. Dinner Center for Jewish Studies & Center for Islamic Studies 

Graduate Theological Union

"Reverberating Echoes" Opens January 31, 2017, at the Doug Adams Gallery

The Doug Adams Gallery's Spring 2017 exhibition, “Reverberating Echoes: Contemporary Art Inspired by Traditional Islamic Art,” highlights the work of seven American artists of diverse interests, backgrounds, and training.  Inspired by traditional Islamic art, their works echo historic aesthetic concerns, often advancing human knowledge and understanding by experimentation with new technologies. Traditional concerns focused on the spatial dimension and the effects of light on form, the association of Arabic language and script with revelation, and patterns in the plane, exploring the nature of two-dimensional space.

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