Abraham: Out of One, Many Exhibit

Opening Reception: Tuesday, April 20, 2021

Exhibit April 20 – May 21, 2021

Virtual Exhibition Hall

About The Exhibit:

This timely exhibition, titled “Abraham:  Out of One, Many” (playing off the Latin motto “E pluribus unum”/”Out of one, many”)focuses on what we can learn from Abraham’s story about living together more harmoniously. For this exhibit, three celebrated Middle Eastern contemporary visual artists from the faith traditions of Islam, Christianity and Judaism have created five paintings that interpret Abraham’s life and journey for us today, serving as a guide toward creating cultures of peace, harmony, justice and healing – all as descendants of a shared heritage. What can Abraham teach us today toward freeing our world from sectarian strife?  This is the question this strategic exhibition attempts to answer.

The exhibition was founded by CARAVAN, an international peacebuilding non-profit/NGO that builds bridges through the arts between the creeds and cultures of the Middle East and West. CARAVAN exhibitions result in unprecedented gatherings of renowned Middle Eastern and Western artists using art for intercultural and interreligious exchange, and have garnered attention from the international press, media and art world, attracting thousands of visitors Interfaith Ministries for Greater Houston is pleased to host the exhibition in Houston from April 20 – May 21, 2021. We are the only Texas site to host the exhibition and are the first to launch this exhibit virtually.  The launch and exhibit programming will all be virtual experiences.

Sponsorship and ticket purchases support the work of Interfaith Ministries for Greater Houston, including Interfaith Relations and Community Partnerships.

To view sponsorship opportunities for this exhibit, click here.

To view the full calendar of events click here.

For more info, contact Jodi Bernstein at 713-533-4969 or jbernstein@imgh.org.

Upcoming Events:

Abraham Exhibit Opening Reception

April 20 from 5:30pm to 7:00pm
This invitation-only event is hosted by IMpower and will feature Exhibit Curator Bishop Paul-Gordon Chandler. Register here!

Faith in Our City: The Zoroastrian Tradition

April 22 from Noon to 1:00 pm
Our monthly events about religious traditions in Houston continues with an interactive virtual learning experience on Zoroastrianism, but with an added benefit of viewing the exhibit. We will learn about the Zoroastrian faith tradition from Noon until 1:00 pm, and then plan to stay until 1:30 pm for a tour of the virtual exhibit. Register here!

A Conversation with Exhibit Artists

May 10 from Noon to 1:00 pm
Join us for a special one-time-only virtual conversation with the three artists about the exhibit, their artwork, and what they hope people will learn from “Abraham: Out of One, Many.” Register here! 

Dinner Dialogue: “Abraham in Conversation”

May 13 from 6:00pm to 8:00pm
Art is a timeless connector between cultures, spurring thought and reflection. Pick up or make your favorite meal and join us for a special virtual Dinner Dialogue as we bring the art of the exhibition into conversation with leaders from the Hindu and Buddhist traditions. Register here!

Faith in Our City: Islam

May 18 from Noon to 1:00 pm
Our monthly events about religious traditions in Houston continues with an interactive virtual learning experience on Islam, but with an added benefit of viewing the exhibit. We will learn about Islam from Noon until 1:00 pm and then plan to stay until 1:30 pm for a tour of the virtual exhibit. Register here!

Abraham Exhibit Closing Event: The Gershenson Lecture

May 20 from 7:00pm to 8:00pm
We close the Abraham exhibit with our Third Annual Gershenson Lecture virtually.
Join us as we say farewell to these spectacular works of art but not to the work that these paintings inspire. Our lecturer this year is the Rev. Gregory Han, Director of Interfaith Relations & Education, as he speaks on “Abraham & Beyond: The Future of interreligious Engagement.” The Gershenson Lecture was established in 2018 to honor Elliot Gershenson, President Emeritus of IM, and focuses on topics of religion, ethics, and peace. Register here!

Reserved Days for Public Viewing (Virtual Showings)

May 14, 17, 18, and 19
The exhibit will be open to the general public for virtual viewing. For more information and to schedule a time to visit the exhibit, email gphillips@imgh.org.

Reserved Days for Schools (Virtual Showings)

The exhibit will be available for school groups for virtual viewing. For more information and to schedule a time to view the exhibit with a docent-led presentation, email gphillips@imgh.org.

Thank you to our generous sponsors!

Peace Sponsors

Joanie & David Andrews

Harmony Sponsors

Debbie & Floyd Kearns

Marian & Paul Cones

Carol & Frank Gruen

Healing Sponsors

Congregation Beth Israel

Karyn & Charles Crisp/EOG Resources

Rev. Dr. Becky Edmiston-Lange

The Episcopal Diocese of Texas

Susanne & Randall Evans

Ann & J. Kent Friedman/Friedman Family Foundation

Jessica & Dan Keiser

The Kroger Company

Pastor Steve Quill & TRUTH

The Windsor Village Church Family

Gaddis & Susan Wittjen

Community Sponsors

Eddie & Chinhui Allen

Dr. Moien Butt & Ghazala Butt

Congregation Beth Yeshurun

Mr. & Mrs. Kayvon Haghpeykar

Karen & Jay Harberg

G.G. Hsieh, MD

Terry Leibowitz & Patrick Kelley

Noor Munshi Foundation

Jewish- Presbyterian Dialog Group