The Bridge - Chicago

12 Apr 2016 – 19 May 2016

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

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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

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Mohamed Ardash

Helen Zughaib

Rana Chalabi

Hilda Hiary

Mohamed Monaiseer

Sameh Ismael

Carelle Homsy

Reda Abdel Rahman

Lina Mowafy

Galila Nawar

Hayam Abdel Baky

Nagla Samir

El Zaeem

Yasser Rostom

Hossam Sakr

Mohamed Abouelnaga

Mai Refky

Malak El Shazly

Patrick Altes

Valérie Rauchbach

Guirguis Lotfi

Reem Hassan

Ali Abdel Mohsen

Karim Abd Elmalak

Mutaz Elemam

Lilianne Milgrom

Siona Benjamin

Marwa Adel

Manal Deeb

Marie Boralevi

Hisham Abdallah

Mona El Bayoumi

Qais Al Sindy

Azadeh Ghotbi

Samia Zoghlami

Marc Goldstain

Isabelle Bakhoum

Hisham El Zeiny

Shai Azoulay

Gamal Ez

Houria Niati

Sacha Schwartz

Myriam Boccara

Ronen Siman Tov

Britt Boutros Ghali

Rania El Hakim

Asmaa Takkieddine


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