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New Exhibit Aims to Encourage Better Understanding of Egypt?s Indigenous Christian Community

New Exhibit Aims to Encourage Better Understanding of Egypt?s Indigenous Christian Community

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New Exhibit Aims to Encourage Better Understanding of Egypt?s Indigenous Christian Community
PosterEternalEyeTHE ETERNAL EYE is an exhibition that reflects the desire to see the establishment of a new Egyptian society, in the wake of the January 25 Revolution, that inherently respects and honors religious diversity. This contemporary Coptic icon exhibition will be hosted by St. John’s Church- Maadi, the international Episcopal Church in southern Cairo founded in 1931. For complete information and exhibit hours, please view the press release>>

PROGRAM:
THE ETERNAL EYE
Contemporary Coptic Icon Exhibition…by artist Magdy William
(held at St. John’s Church/Maadi, Cairo…corner of Port Said Rd & Rd 17)

*20 October 2011, 7 PM (19h00) -- Opening Night of THE ETERNAL EYE
To be officially opened by Bishop Daniel, the Bishop of Maadi and Assistant to His Holiness Shenouda III, the Pope of the Coptic Orthodox Church, with the artist Magdy William present.

*21 October 2011, 11:30 AM--12:30 PM
--“The Making of Coptic Icons” by artist Magdy William.

*24 October 2011, 7 PM (19h00)
-- “The Artistic Restoration of the 6th century Red Monastery: A Visual Presentation” by Dr. Michael Jones of the American Research Center in Egypt (ARCE).

The objective of the exhibition is to encourage a better understanding of Egypt’s indigenous Christian community, the historic Coptic Orthodox Church, which constitutes up to 10 % of the population and traces its heritage back to the first century. This significant indigenous Christian presence in Egypt plays a critical role in enabling all faiths to coexist in harmony. THE ETERNAL EYE embraces the new spirit of ecumenical solidarity that was so beautifully illustrated during the Egyptian revolution.

THE ETERNAL EYE, curated by Jessica Wright, will exhibit forty five commissioned Coptic icons by the renowned Coptic icon writer (artist) Magdy William. Mr. William, a student of the late Dr. Isaac Fanous, the founder of the school of modern Coptic painting and the initiator of the modern renaissance in Coptic art, has been one of the world’s premier Coptic icon artists for several decades. The icons to be exhibited range in theme from the Biblical stories in Egypt to Coptic saints, and the exhibition will take place inside St. John’s Church. Attendance is free, and 20% of all icon sales go to Egyptian charities.

The exhibition will be officially opened on Thursday, October 20 at 7 PM by Bishop Daniel, the Bishop of Maadi and Assistant to His Holiness Shenouda III, the Pope of the Coptic Orthodox Church, with the artist Magdy William present. The exhibition will run through Wednesday, October 26. Special presentations during the week of the exhibition include a presentation on October 21 on “The Making of Coptic Icons” by artist Magdy William, and on October 24 “The Artistic Restoration of the 6th century Red Monastery: A Visual Presentation” by Dr. Michael Jones of the American Research Center in Egypt (ARCE), funded by USAID.

The artistic interfaith initiatives of St. John’s Church-Maadi, Cairo, such as the annual Caravan Festival of the Arts, generate attention from the global media and art world. 20% of all sales go to the Spirit of Giving charities assisting the poor in Egypt.

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