Calligraphies in Conversation

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Date: March 15, 2014 05:30pm — May 03, 2014 07:30pm
Categories: Conferences & Lectures
Location: Islamic Cultural Center of Northern California (ICCNC), 1433 Madison Street, Oakland, California 94612, USA
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Join us in one of the most unique intercultural exhibitions featuring Islamic and Far Eastern Calligraphic arts, with over 50 works on display:

Opening Reception Ceremony on Saturday March 15, 2014 from 5:30 to 7:30 pm

Demonstration by Chinese Master Calligrapher Haji Noor Deen

FREE and Open to the Public, in English, Light refreshments served

Exhibition runs Saturdays 10-4 at ICCNC through May 3
Additional artworks on display at Oakland Asian Cultural Center, 388 9th St #290, Oakland, CA 94607

Other Public Events Related to “Calligraphies in Conversation”:
– April 12 at 4 – 6 pm: Performance, Demonstration, and Conversation by Local Master Calligraphers
– April 26 at 5 – 7 pm: Lecture by Robert Abdul Harr Darr, “Calligraphy: the Transcendental Art”

Overview of the exhibit:

“Calligraphies in Conversation” is a public free exhibition at the Islamic Cultural Center of Northern California (ICCNC) highlighting traditional Middle Eastern and Islamic calligraphic art in dialogue with other calligraphy scripts and styles specially Far East calligraphy.

“Calligraphies in Conversation” is open from March to May 2014 and focuses on the connections between Islamic and Chinese calligraphic traditions. ICCNC is incredibly excited to pilot this new project in conjunction with Ziya Art Center and our partners from nearby Oakland Chinatown such as Oakland Asian Cultural Center.

An exhibition of curated and newly-made calligraphy from both traditions will be on display. The Curatorial and Jury Panel consists of ICCNC and Ziya Art Center experts as well as local artists have received over 115 submissions from invited calligraphers and through an open call for artists.

Most of submissions were from the US, mainly Bay Area, California; but there were several international submissions from different countries including United Kingdom, China, Iran, Japan, and Turkey. After a competitive jury process over 50 artworks got accepted from 21 artists for the exhibit illustrating a diverse array of Chinese, Japanese, Tibetan, Arabic, Persian, and Turkish calligraphy artworks.