Calligraphies in Conversation - 4th International Exhibition fosters new dialogue between calligraphic arts and artists

For Immediate Release: September 14, 2017 Curator Contact: Arash Shirinbab (510) 283-4518;
Calligraphies in Conversation

4th International Exhibition fosters new dialogue between calligraphic arts and artists

  San Francisco, CA – A unique international calligraphy exhibition, Calligraphies in Conversation, opens on Sunday, September 17 in the San Francisco Public Library’s Main Library, Skylight Gallery. The exhibition explores connections between calligraphy traditions and practices from different cultures as well as the beauty of different world languages. The opening includes a special artist’s presentation and curator tours of the exhibit, along with a reception, in partnership with the Ziya Art Center. “Calligraphies in Conversation encompasses an annual group exhibition and a series of public venues including calligraphy demonstrations, workshops and presentations focusing on endorsing the appreciation of classic calligraphy in hands-on and tangible manner,” says Chief Curator, Arash Shirinbab. “The emphasis of this program is to initiate a meaningful conversation between different calligraphy traditions, especially between the Middle Eastern calligraphy and other calligraphy scripts and cultures.” The exhibition is also part of the Library’s Middle Eastern Heritage Celebration. More than 70 artworks will be on display at the Library, with a range of diverse traditions and contemporary pieces in languages such as Latin, Chinese, Japanese, Baybayin, Arabic, Persian, Hebrew, Armenian and Hindi. Shirinbab assembled the collection through a competitive process and received more than 250 entries from around the world. During the exhibition opening on September 17, attendees will have the opportunity to meet local artists while viewing the artwork. Calligraphy presentations, titled “How to Enjoy Calligraphy,” will take place in the Koret Auditorium from 1 – 3 p.m., when calligraphy masters and experts from Japanese, Arabic-Persian, Baybayin, and Latin traditions present the nuances of their tradition and show participants how to enjoy calligraphy without necessarily understanding the content of the writing. Curator Tours in the Skylight Gallery will begin at 3 p.m. Save the date for Calligraphy Day on November 5, located in the San Francisco Main Library. Several calligraphy masters from different traditions and languages will give demonstrations and participants can experience calligraphy of various cultures up close.  Calligraphies in Conversation was initiated in 2012 by a core team including Shirinbab and Fateme Montazeri of Ziya Art Center, Raeshma Razvi of Silkworm Media, and community leader Ali Sheikholeslami. The exhibition is made possible by the support of the Islamic Cultural Center of Northern California (ICCNC) and a grant from Alliance for California Traditional Arts (ACTA). Acknowledgments: Ziya Art Center, San Francisco Public Library, Friends of Calligraphy, Multiverse Art Gallery, SAMENA Circle, Persian Arts Revival (PAR), Oakland Asian Cultural Center, Islamic Cultural Center of Northern California, California School of Traditional Arts, and Silkworm Media RELATED PROGRAMS Exhibit: Calligraphies in Conversation – Sept. 17 through Dec. 3, San Francisco Main Library, Skylight Gallery, 6th floor, 100 Larkin St., San Francisco, Ca. Opening Event – Sept. 17, 1 p.m., San Francisco Main Library, Koret Auditorium
September 14, 2017