MEI Art Gallery Now Open for Timed Visits

The MEI Art Gallery is now accepting in-person appointments to view its current exhibition. Please note that we are limiting occupancy to no more than four visitors in the Gallery at a time.

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Art in Isolation: Creativity in the Time of COVID-19

Exhibition Open October 8, 2020 - January 29, 2021


Art in Isolation pays tribute to the experiences and reflections of artists from the Middle East and its diaspora during a period of global crisis. The MEI Art Gallery’s first-ever open call, Art in Isolation, invited regional artists to submit artwork made at the height of the global pandemic around the thematic of sheltering in place. The result is a rich curation of works by 39 emerging, mid-career, and established artists investigating the emotional and physical impact of confinement on artistic practice.

Thirty-eight of the 54 selected works are hanging in the MEI Art Gallery, with the full exhibition featured on the MEI website.  All of the works are for sale and can be purchased online, with the majority of proceeds going to support the artists.

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Photo: "Home #21" by Maysaloun Faraj (courtesy of the artist)

Past MEI Art Gallery Exhibitions

Lebanon Then and Now: Photography from 2006 - 2020

Previous exhibition


Lebanon Then and Now was an immersive 360° exhibit at the MEI Art Gallery featuring the works of 17 of Lebanon’s most exciting art and documentary photographers. Originally planned as a physical exhibit, it was reimagined as a virtual show. The show has now ended, but you can continue to find selected images, webinar recordings, podcasts, and other related materials on the exhibition page.

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Photo: "The Missing of Lebanon 1-3" by Imm Ahmad, 2010 (courtesy of the artist)

Mission


The MEI Art Gallery is a unique platform in the nation’s capital dedicated to the exhibition of contemporary and modern art, photography, and video from the region. Located in the Dupont Circle area, close to museums, galleries and think tanks, the MEI Art Gallery promotes the work of the most exciting artists emerging from the Middle East and its diaspora in Washington and beyond. In line with MEI’s overall mission ‘to increase knowledge of the Middle East among citizens of the United States and to promote a better understanding between the people of these two areas,' the MEI Art Gallery seeks to: 

  1. Showcase the very best in contemporary and modern art, photography and video from Morocco to Afghanistan

  2. Provide a hub for dialogue about the role of the arts in society and ways U.S. audiences can better engage with artists to support the region’s arts, culture and heritage sectors

  3. Connect Middle Eastern artists with Washington’s art, culture and policy circles to facilitate partnerships and training opportunities

  4. Amplify the importance of the arts of the Middle East though panel talks, film screenings and educational workshops