Beyt by 2b Design in Cambridge, MA Doubles as Social Enterprise/Design Firm with Mission to Save and Repurpose Architectural Heritage 

Beyt by 2b Design, a social enterprise based in Cambridge, MA, 550607_382265838485664_700694584_nplaces importance on the preservation of cultural and architectural preservation. Known casually as Beyt, it is owned by an international design/business-savvy couple who pick through salvage yards in Syria, Lebanon and Egypt to salvage parts of destroyed traditional homes, which they then upcycle into stunning and unique home design pieces.

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Italian-Senegalese Artist Maïmouna Guerresi Blends Sculpture and Photography in her Explorations of the Female Condition, Spirituality and Identity 

"Genitilla al-Wilada" and "Mother Minaret"

“Genitilla al-Wilada” and “Mother Minaret”

Known informally as the “Sufi Frida Kahlo”, Maïmouna Guerresi is an Italian artist who is most known for her blending of different mediums, primarily sculpture video, installation pieces and photography.

Originally born in Italy, Mr. Guerresi converted to Islam after an inspirational trip to Senegal in the early 1990s, joining the Murid community there. Continue reading

Sarah Sze’s Installation Art Featured Among Exhibitions at Venice Biennale 

"Gleaner", Triple Point Exhibition

“Gleaner”, Triple Point Exhibition

American installation artist Sarah Sze is currently amongst a repertoire of artists being featured at La Biennale di Venizia in Venice, Italy, the cultural institution renowned for its International Film, Art and Architecture Exhibitions, among other contemporary arts initiatives. Continue reading

Mahmoud Mokhtar, Contemporary Egyptian Sculpture and Revolutionary Spirit 

In light of recent events in Egypt, it is perhaps of interest to shine light on an important member of Egypt’s modern artistic history. Mahmoud Mokhtar was a sculptor extraordinaire who was born in 1891 in the Nile Delta.

"Au Bord du Nil" (On the Banks of the Nile)

“Au Bord du Nil” (On the Banks of the Nile)

It was at a young age that he began making statues out of the clay that was easily available to him in this particular region. He and his mother eventually immigrated to Cairo, and he began to attend the Cairo School of Fine arts in 1908, the year the institution opened. Continue reading

New York Public Library Extends “Africans in India” Exhibition Until July 18th, 2013 

Painting of an African-Indian Merchant, 17th or 18th century

Painting of an African-Indian Merchant, 17th or 18th century

The New York Public Library (NYPL) at the Schomberg Center for Research in Black Culture has extended their exhibition entitled “Africans in India: From Slaves to Generals and Rulers” through July 18th, 2013. Continue reading