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CONVERGENCE:
NEW ART FROM LEBANON

28 Nov 2017
CONVERGENCE:<br />
NEW ART FROM LEBANON

Many different civilizations (and their armies) have converged on Lebanon over the past six millennia leaving a rich and beautiful tapestry that violence periodically threatens to unravel. While the history of Lebanon and the Middle East has been heartbreaking at times, I believe this exhibition of art being produced there today offers some reason for hope.

Jack Rasmussen
Director and Curator
American University Museum



The planning of this exhibition attracted a cast of dynamic and committed individuals. APEAL, the Association for the Promotion and Exhibition of the Arts in Lebanon, has been blessed with the active support and generosity of many friends and colleagues, who together enabled us to mount an exhibition of Lebanese Contemporary art, the first of its kind, at an American museum. Our deepest gratitude goes to Jack Rasmussen, director and curator of the Katzen Center (American University, Washington D.C.) and to his team, Stephanie Fedor, Bruce Wick and Anne Miller Lee. We feel fortunate to have been given this unique space to display our artists’ work. Jack’s guidance and critical sensitivity were instrumental and essential in the choice of the theme that lies at the heart of this project. His involvement and enthusiasm were total from the get go and throughout the process.