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Cultures in the Crossfire: Stories from Syria and Iraq
Opening April 8, 2017
This new exhibition, created in conjunction with the Penn Cultural Heritage Center, sheds light on the ongoing destruction of cultural heritage in the Middle East by showing what’s at stake—the rich history of the region and the diversity of its people—and what’s being done to prevent the loss of this history and cultural identity. Fascinating ancient art and artifacts from the Penn Museum’s extensive Near East collection tells the stories of the cultures of Syria and Iraq through time. Contemporary artwork from Issam Kourbaj, a Syrian artist based in Cambridge, provides a modern-day response to the artifacts and themes. The exhibition will feature the important work being done by the University of Pennsylvania and the Smithsonian to help combat the loss of irreplaceable cultural heritage in that region.