Nowruz 2017 Celebration - Opening Reception Past

Saturday, Apr 1, 2017 ,
5:00 PM
- Chicago, IL, United States

Free Event

NOWRUZANE: An exchange and celebration of the Persian New Year with Iranian, Italian and CPC Artists

Opening Reception: April 1, 2017 5 - 8 PM

Please join us on Saturday, April 1st from 5 to 8 PM for the opening reception of our spring show! This event is free and open to the public. Light snacks and refreshments will be provided.

Exhibition Dates: April 1 - June 3, 2017
Gallery Hours: Friday & Saturday 12 - 5 PM, and by appointment

In Iran, the Persian New Year is called Nowruz; now meaning new, and ruz meaning day. Nowruz is about the renewal of nature, and for 3000 years, it has been celebrated at the exact moment of the vernal equinox. Iranians decorate using the seven symbols of life and vitality called Haftsin. These symbols crop up in many of the exhibited prints: Apple, Sumac, Vinegar, Garlic, Dried Oleaster, Samanu (sweet pudding made from wheat germ), and Sabzeh (wheat sprouts). We will have a Haftsin set up at the opening reception on April 1st.

The exhibit features over 130 mini prints by CPC, Iranian and Italian printmakers. Multiples of these works are currently traveling and being exhibited together at the Chav Printmaking Studio in Tehran, as well as in Mashhad, Kermanshah and Kerman in Iran, at IL Fogilo - 74b Gallery in Milan, Italy and at the Sagene Kunstsmie in Oslo, Norway.

This touring exhibition is a collaboration between Chav Printmaking Studio (Iran), Milano Printmakers Associazione Culturale (Milan) and Chicago Printmakers Collaborative.

In light of recent political events in the U.S., the CPC thought it fitting to showcase the work of these wonderful Iranian and Italian printmakers and enlighten Chicagoans to their vibrant culture and customs. Art has no barriers nor borders and broadens our idea of what is possible. The great print works of the past 300 years have easily outlived and transcended whoever happened to be king, dictator, or president.


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