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May 18, 2010  |  News Release #14826  |  Contact: Joe Mosbrook, 216.687.2257,
CSU Art Gallery Presents New Exhibit, Another Way of Looking: Influences from Islam, May 21 - June 26

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How well do you know Islam? The Cleveland State University Art Gallery will present a new exhibit, Another Way of Looking: Influences from Islam, opening Friday, May 21 and running through Sunday, June 26. The exhibition is free and open to the public.

The exhibit is the first Art Gallery show to focus on Islam, and brings together a collection of contemporary art influenced by Islam – playful, personal, universal – featuring works in acrylic, textiles, video, calligraphy and mixed mediums by artists Azra Aksamija, Salma Arastu, Andrew Ellis Johnson, Nama Khalil, Asma Shikoh, Susanne Slavick (Andrew W. Mellon Professor of Art at Carnegie Mellon), and Huda Totonji. The exhibit is curated by Nama Khalil.

In addition, in Gallery C, the Art Gallery will present Islamic Manuscripts from The Cleveland Public Library Collection, curated by Marian Bleeke, and Touching the History: Photographs from the Dome of Hagia Sophia, featuring photographs by A. Cemal Ekin, Ph.D.

An opening reception will take place on Friday, May 21 from 5 to 7 p.m. A Gallery Talk by Ramez Islambouli, Marian Bleeke and Dr. Ekin will take place at 6 p.m.

“Islam is the fastest growing religion and yet it is misunderstood and misrepresented,” says curator Nama Khalil. “In the West, it is difficult to invoke ‘Islamic’ images without calling up an entry from the war on terror. The artists of Another Way of Looking offer us a way out of violence and mayhem. As they take another look at Islam, a more realistic portrayal of its spiritual teachings that has been veiled behind our mass media is shared.”

Summer hours for the exhibit are Wednesdays and Thursdays from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and Saturdays from 12:00 noon to 4:00 p.m. The Art Gallery is located at 2307 Chester Ave. (corner of Chester Ave. and East 23rd Street).

The exhibits are presented with support from The Ohio Arts Council, Uqbah Mosque Foundation, The Cleveland Public Library Department of Fine Arts and Special Collections, CSU Vice President of the Division of Institutional Diversity at CSU, Abrash Gallery, The Turkish American Society of Northeast Ohio and The Assembly of Turkish American Associations.

For more information, please call the Art Gallery at 216.687.2103 or visit For the hearing impaired, please call 216.687.9394.

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Another Way of Looking
Image Captions

  • Salma Arastu, Praying Together, 2008, acrylic on canvas, 38x64”
  • Azra Aksamija, Flocking Mosque, 2008, textile and mixed mediums
  • Nama Khalil, Ka’aba Series, 2009, silkscreen, 9x9” each
  • Asma Shikoh, Sketches, 2006, mixed mediums, 9x12” each
  • Andrew Ellis Johnson, Black & White, 2006, DVD loop, (screen captures)
  • Susanne Slavick, Rebirth: Eve’s Escort, 2007, gouache on archival digital print, 16x24”
  • Cemal Ekin, Haggia Sophia, digital print

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