Fundraising Event: Dinner/fundraiser with Emily Jacir, Shirin Neshat, and Shahzia Sikander

Mon, July 18, 2005 7:00 pm at Alwan for the Arts

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Alwan for the Arts

Invites to a

Dinner/fundraiser with

Emily Jacir & Shirin Neshat, and Shahzia Sikander for the upcoming public art installation in NYC & Boston

Monday, July 18, 2005, 7:00 PM

Alwan for the Arts 16 Beaver St. 4th floor

$75/Person Seating is limited; Payment at the Door R.S.V.P or call 212 967 4318

Alwan for the Arts, a not-for-profit organization that promotes Middle Eastern and North African arts and culture, in collaboration with Emily Jacir & Shirin Neshat are pleased to invite you to a special fundraising dinner for the forthcoming installation GREETINGS WITHOUT FLOWERS by Kouross Esmaeli.

GREETINGS WITHOUT FLOWERS features life-size photographs taken in Iraq shortly after the official end of the war. This will be the first major public art installation, in the United States, about Iraq and the Iraqi people. As such, it has the potential to garner public attention and to ask difficult questions about the consequences of the war for the Iraqi and the American people.

The project has been accepted for installation in downtown New York as part of the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council's Art & Recovery Summit on

September 8-11, 2005. It will then travel to the Grand Concourse of Boston's main train terminal, the South Station.

Please join the supporters of this timely installation, in this first-time public presentation of these photographs and of the artist's experience in Iraq. Nina Felshin, the curator of GREETINGS WITHOUT FLOWERS will lead a discussion following the dinner. For more information about the project and the artist, please go to:

Palestinian-born Emily Jacir's work has been exhibited extensively throughout Europe, the Americas and the Middle East. Her solo exhibitions include Debs & Co., NY; The Khalil Sakakini Cultural Centre (Ramallah); Nuova Icona (Venice, Italy); and in 2003 the O-K Center for Contemporary Art in Linz, Austria. Her work has been included in the Biennale at the Whitney Museum, Venice and Istanbul. She divides her time between New Yorkand Palestine.

Shirin Neshat is an Iranian-born visual artist and filmmaker whose innovative approach of fusing photography, calligraphy, video and film has brought her international acclaim among audiences and critics alike. She has screened her work at film festivals around the world and has exhibited in major European and North American cities. She has won numerous awards, including the Infinity Award of ICP in New York, the Grand Prix of the Kwangju Biennial in Korea, and the Golden Lion at the 48th VeniceBiennial.

Shahzia Sikander specializes in a type of painting whose origin lies in the Islamic miniature paintings. She brings this traditional painting genre into the realm of contemporary art by instilling it with personal context and cultural observations. Sikander is very interested in the play between the Hindu and Muslim influence on the painting tradition, as well as the contemporary cultural relations of India and Pakistan. Her work has been exhibit throughout the world such as the MoMA, the Seville and Istanbul Biennale and the Rhotas Gallery in Lahore.


Starter Course Selection of cheeses Corn Salad with Cherry Tomatoes, Cilantro, Julienne Peppers in a Vinaigrette Dressing

Side Dishes Buckwheat Soba Cold Noodle Salad Saffron Risotto with Lobster Tails, Cherries, and Wild Mushrooms in Truffle Oil Sauce Manchurian Cauliflower with Ginger, Garlic, Green Chilies in Tomato SaucE

Entrees Baked Halibut with Artichoke and Asparagus in Sherry Vinegar Sauce Chicken with Walnuts in Pomegranate Sauce

Dessert Plate of Fresh Seasonal Fruit

Drinks Open Bar

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