WRITER: KENT NGUYEN
CONTACT: LOIS GRAY
Iowa City IA 52242
Release: Oct. 2, 2002
Exhibits introduce contemporary Iranian art
A local exhibit by two Iranian artists being held in conjunction with the
Middle East Awareness Week through Oct. 13 offers a chance to learn about
this region of the world through its artistic expressions. The exhibit is
sponsored by Iowans for Peace with Iraq, University of Iowa International
Programs and the Copy Exchange.
Mounted at the Summit Street Gallery, 812 S. Summit St., the exhibits are
"Survey of Common Sense," by Haleh Hiazmand, and "Of Shifting
Shadows," by Gita Hashemi. An opening reception will be held at the gallery
from 4 to 6 p.m. Oct. 5. The opening will feature live Turkish music by a
local saz player Bahri Karacay. Exhibit hours are 4-7 p.m. Oct. 5; 2-6 p.m.
Oct. 6; 5-8 p.m. Oct. 7 and Oct. 9-11; 3-8:30 p.m. Oct. 12; and 1-3 p.m. Oct.
13. On Oct. 12 Haleh Niazmand will be showing slides of her work from 7 to
Many people presume that Middle Eastern art is limited to calligraphy, ceramic
tiles, illuminations, or other predominantly traditional forms. Recent accomplishments
in global cinema have brought some positive changes in these incorrect assumptions,
but the artists say that visual and conceptual work still needs more exposure.
The mission of the Middle East Awareness Week is to bring awareness to the
local community by informing and educating the public about the Middle East
and the U.S. government role in shaping events in that region. Cultures of
the Middle East will be introduced and represented featuring programs that
include dance, music, and visual arts.
Iowans for Peace with Iraq is a student group dedicated to raising public
awareness about the plight of the Iraqi people since economic sanctions were
imposed on the country in 1990. For more information about the Middle East
Awareness Week, Iowans for Peace with Iraq, or the art exhibit, please send
an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org or visit http://www.uiowa.edu/~ipiraq/meaw2002.shtml.