THE BRIDGE: WYOMING
LARAMIE - Buchanan Center for the Performing Arts 7 - 30 September 2016
ROCK SPRINGS - Western Wyoming Community College 8 - 30 September 2016
LANDER - Lander Art Center 9 September - 13 October 2016
POWELL - Western Wyoming Community College 10 - 30 September 2016
The Bridge, an East-West travelling art exhibition of 47 Arab, Persian and Jewish artists focusing on what we all hold in common, ended its 18-month worldwide tour in the state of Wyoming during the month of September 2016.
The original artwork was showcased in Laramie at the University of Wyoming’s Buchanan Center for Performing Arts, and exhibitions of reproductions were held concurrently in satellite venues in Rock Springs (Western Wyoming Community College), Lander (Lander Art Center) and Powell (Northwest College).
The exhibition opened in each of the four venues with a special program and reception, and at the four venues special guest speakers included the presidents of the universities/colleges, state political leaders such as Senator Dr. Bernadine Craft, religious leaders from different traditions such as Bishop John Smylie of the Episcopal Diocese of Wyoming, community leaders such as Ms. Shannon Smith of the Wyoming Humanities Council, and national leaders such as Senator Alan Simpson. CARAVAN artists Dr. Reda Abdel Rahman from Egypt from a Muslim tradition and Ms. Lilianne Milgrom of Jewish background from Australia-France were also present at the openings.
Over the course of the month-long exhibition, numerous other programs were held in each of the four venues around the artwork addressing the theme of what bridges us to each other (artist’s talks, film screenings, book readings, forums, lectures, etc.), concluding with a Sufi concert by Amir Vahab & Ensemble.
Program around The Bridge
Blue Like Me - The Art and World of Siona Benjamin
A talk and film screening of the award-winning documentary by artist, Siona Benjamin
Laramie: Saturday, September 17 at 7:30 pm
Sunday , September 18 at 2:00 pm
College of Agriculture Auditorium at the University of Wyoming
Wednesday, September 14 at 6:30 pm, Cody Theatre
Lander: Thursday, September 15 at 6:00 pm, Fremont County Library
Friday, September 16 at 6:30 pm, Broadway Theater
Sufi Songs of Love - Amir Vahab & Ensemble
Sufi Songs of Love, selected from the poetry of the great Sufi masters Rumi, Hafez and Baba Taher. The ensemble’s lively folk and traditional music featured the ethereal-sounding ney (mystical reed flute), oud (short-neck lute) and daf (large-frame drum). The concert concluded with a dynamic drumming performance that echoed the universal heartbeat of existence.
Tuesday, September 27 at 7:00 pm, NWC Nelson Performing Arts Auditorium
Wednesday, September 28 at 6:30 pm, Lander Art Center
Thursday, September 29 at 6:00 pm, The Atrium, Western Wyoming College
Friday, September 30 at 7:30 pm, Buchanan Center for the Performing Arts