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

Mohamed Monaiseer

Mohamed Ardash

Hisham El Zeiny

Rania El Hakim

Mutaz Elemam

Mai Refky

Qais Al Sindy

Patrick Altes

Lina Mowafy

Samia Zoghlami

Britt Boutros Ghali

Reda Abdel Rahman

Houria Niati

Hisham Abdallah

Gamal Ez

Helen Zughaib

Marwa Adel

Mohamed Abouelnaga

Nagla Samir

Siona Benjamin

Azadeh Ghotbi

Mona El Bayoumi

Ali Abdel Mohsen

Myriam Boccara

Marc Goldstain

Marie Boralevi

Valérie Rauchbach

Lilianne Milgrom

Isabelle Bakhoum

El Zaeem

Ronen Siman Tov

Galila Nawar

Sameh Ismael

Sacha Schwartz

Manal Deeb

Asmaa Takkieddine

Rana Chalabi

Carelle Homsy

Karim Abd Elmalak

Yasser Rostom

Guirguis Lotfi

Hilda Hiary

Reem Hassan

Shai Azoulay

Hayam Abdel Baky

Hossam Sakr

Malak El Shazly


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