Middle Eastern visual culture is still a mystery to most Western viewers, who expect to see overtly political statements or religious sentiments. Shattering these expectations, Perpetuation of Myth showcases the work of four Iranian-American artists with roots in the Bay Area whose works contemplate history, poetry and the cross-cultural issues of identity.
Beyond a shared cultural heritage, these artists all employ a personal or cultural mythology as an integral thread that winds its way through their work and their lives, working beyond the assumptions that falsely perpetuate myths about their culture and themselves. Artists Seyed Alavi, Ala Ebtekar, Mitra Fabian and Nazanin Hedayat Munroe present works ranging in media from painting and drawing to mixed media sculpture and textile installation.
The exhibition will feature an installation honoring Persian New Year, coinciding with the spring equinox every year, and a childrenâ€™s art area with Persian designs for coloring and display. A live music performance will take place at the opening reception on March 7th. Contributing to larger goals for cultural diversity, the Museum will host a film screening and panel discussion on March 10th with the Jewish Community Center to foster intercultural understanding. The selected film is titled Arranged and centers on the friendship between a Muslim woman and an Orthodox Jewish woman living in Brooklyn, working as teachers. The film will be screened at the Jewish Community Centers in Los Gatos.
Jewish Community Center
14855 Oka Rd
Los Gatos, CA
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