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If you are in or around New York City, I recomend making it a priority to go check this show out. It was here in San Francisco, and it's just amazing. Moving and beautiful...I will always regret that I didn't spend enough time with the exhibit, and hope that it is near me again some day so I can give it the time it really desrves.. Powerful forces have worked really hard to prevent this exhibit from being seen, so it is a major victory for it to open in NYC.<br><br>
MADE IN PALESTINE<br>
The first museum-quality exhibition of contemporary<br>
Palestinian art in the US<br><br>
*comes to New York City!*<br><br>
After 2 years of fundraising, it is here! This breathtaking, historic<br>
exhibition of 23 contemporary Palestinian artists is opening in the center<br>
of New York's art world - free, and open to the public! Join us to view this<br>
unforgettable exhibition of Palestinian culture and creativity!<br><br><br>
MARCH 14, 2006 - APRIL 22, 2006<br>
Open Tuesdays - Saturdays, 11 AM - 6 PM<br>
THE BRIDGE - 521 W. 26th St. 3rd Floor<br><br>
Opening: THURSDAY, MARCH 16, 2006<br><br>
Join Al-Jisser for our GALA OPENING CELEBRATION!!<br>
THURSDAY, MARCH 16, 2006<br>
6 PM<br>
at THE BRIDGE - 521 W. 26th St. 3rd Floor - New York City*<br>
There will be hors d'oeuvres, wine, music, and the wonderful company of the<br>
exhibition's artists, curator James Harithas, and the many, many supporters<br>
who have made " MADE IN PALESTINE" possible! *<br><br>
*FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC!!*<br><br>
For more information, call: 646-580-9098 email: <a href="mailto:[email protected]">[email protected]</a><br>
web: <a href="http://www.madeinpalestine.net" target="_blank">www.madeinpalestine.net</a>
 

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here's a blog about the challenges the show has faced:<br><br><a href="http://civillibertarian.blogspot.com/2006/03/art-of-politics.html" target="_blank">http://civillibertarian.blogspot.com...-politics.html</a><br><br><div style="margin:20px;margin-top:5px;">
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<table border="0" cellpadding="6" cellspacing="0" width="99%"><tr><td class="alt2" style="border:1px inset;">New York City has long been considered an international hub of modernity and diversity, and yet bringing “Made in Palestine” to the Big Apple has been a ferocious battle. The taboo of Palestine overtook the minds of museum and gallery curators who feared funding cuts and protests. Al Jisser’s Samia Halaby described part of the struggle to me, “We knocked on the doors of every museum and every alternative space…When they finally all rejected us, the reason seemed mostly that the upper layers of their administrations, the directors and head curators, had all rejected the show.” A few of the curators confided in one of Samia’s colleagues explaining, “They would lose their funding if they show Palestinian art.”</td>
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Wow I'd love to see that exhibit. It's a shame they had such trouble finding a supportive gallery. That really surprises me. Art is a such a great way to bridge distances between cultures.
 

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When we put it on here in SF it had been in storage for over a year. Thankfully, although it's meeting a lot of difficulty, this will be the 4th time it's up, I think.<br><br>
I think people are opposed to it because it makes Palestnians real, it humanizes their experience and their struggle. If yous ee this show you can no longer ignore what is happening to Palestinians.
 

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this is kinda related...an attempt to stage a play about Rachel Corrie met similar resistance and the censors won this time. shameful, really.<br><br><br><a href="http://arts.guardian.co.uk/news/story/0,,1719693,00.html" target="_blank">http://arts.guardian.co.uk/news/stor...719693,00.html</a><br><br><div style="margin:20px;margin-top:5px;">
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<table border="0" cellpadding="6" cellspacing="0" width="99%"><tr><td class="alt2" style="border:1px inset;">A New York theatre company has put off plans to stage a play about an American activist killed by an Israeli bulldozer in Gaza because of the current "political climate" - a decision the play's British director, Alan Rickman, denounced yesterday as "censorship".</td>
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Ah, yes. Once the sides are picked, and the heels dug in, it's very hard to get people to see that there are humans on the other side. Both sides. Multiple sides. And, being human, they all have faults. And, having faults themselves cannot see their own but only the other's. Art bridges that gap and holds up the mirror. The problem is that the image seen can be frightening, and as you say, now the people are made real that lie on the other side. I hope they show in many more cities. Thanks for posting this, Sadie!
 

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<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/tiphat.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Tiphat">: my pleasure.
 
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