The Bridge - Chicago

12 Apr 2016 – 19 May 2016

Event times

8 am to 5 pm daily (8 am to 4 pm on Sundays), except on University holidays.

Cost of entry


Rockefeller Memorial Chapel

Illinois, United States


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The Bridge is a traveling exhibition showcasing the work of 47 premier Arab, Persian and Jewish contemporary visual artists from 15 countries, of Muslim, Christian and Jewish backgrounds. It focuses upon what bridges us to one another, as well as to what is held in common across creeds and cultures.


Since its opening in February 2015 in Paris, The Bridge has been displayed London, Cairo, Metz, and New York. After its time in Chicago it travels to Portland, Spokane and Wyoming.

As the exhibition travels, it takes with it a fundamental message of intercultural and interreligious harmony and provides a link not only within communities but also between communities. The Bridge serves as a common starting point on which to build, toward seeing the development of a world that inherently respects and honors cultural and religious diversity, living and working together in harmony.

The  exhibition involves a diverse range of visual artists. Participating artists include women and men, from premier contemporary artists to emerging younger artists, from the three primary monotheistic faith backgrounds and 15 countries. Each artist has submitted one original work (done specifically for the exhibition) addressing the theme “The Bridge,” focusing on what they hold in common through their cultures and creeds, illustrating their ideas of how to build bridges between us all. 

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Rev. Paul-Gordon Chandler

Reda Abdel Rahman

Exhibiting artists

Hisham Abdallah

Helen Zughaib

Siona Benjamin

Nagla Samir

Mona El Bayoumi

Mohamed Abouelnaga

Ali Abdel Mohsen

Marwa Adel

Azadeh Ghotbi

Marc Goldstain

Marie Boralevi

Myriam Boccara

Valérie Rauchbach

Yasser Rostom

Lilianne Milgrom

Isabelle Bakhoum

El Zaeem

Ronen Siman Tov

Galila Nawar

Hossam Sakr

Sameh Ismael

Manal Deeb

Malak El Shazly

Sacha Schwartz

Karim Abd Elmalak

Carelle Homsy

Asmaa Takkieddine

Rana Chalabi

Hilda Hiary

Guirguis Lotfi

Shai Azoulay

Hayam Abdel Baky

Rania El Hakim

Reem Hassan

Mohamed Monaiseer

Mohamed Ardash

Hisham El Zeiny

Mutaz Elemam

Reda Abdel Rahman

Houria Niati

Gamal Ez

Mai Refky

Patrick Altes

Samia Zoghlami

Qais Al Sindy

Lina Mowafy

Britt Boutros Ghali


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