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Murals, drawings from Afghan students comes to Pittsburgh

January 19, 2012
The Herald-Star

PITTSBURGH - "Windows and Mirrors: Reflections on the War in Afghanistan," a traveling exhibit of 45 murals from artists across the country and drawings from Afghan high school students, will be on display Jan. 27 to Feb. 12 at Gallery 937 on Liberty Ave.

"Windows and Mirrors" will be paired with the Pittsburgh-based War Dialogues Project, featuring local artists Joyce Wagner, a U.S. Iraq War veteran, and Mina Al Doori, a high-school age Iraqui refugee.

Gallery hours are 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesdays and Thursdays, 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 11 a.m. and 5 p.m. Sundays.

The exhibits will open in conjunction with the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust's Gallery Crawl Jan. 27.

Related events include:

1:30 p.m. Jan. 29, "Disarming Words." Gallery talk and poetry readings by Terrance Hayes and Lynn Emmanuel at the Out of Rubble exhibit at SPACE gallery, followed by a singing escort by the Raging Grannies to "Windows and Mirrors." At 2:40 p.m., there will be readings of translated Iraqi public poetry and poetry by war veterans.

6 p.m. Feb. 4, "Women and War: Women and Peace." Testimonies by women on the impact of war and their search for peace, followed by improvisational performance by Pittsburgh Playback Theatre.

3 p.m. Feb. 11, "Lessons Learned from Iraq." Peter Lems, American Friends Service Committee Program director for Iraq and Afghanistan, discusses how the lessons of troop withdrawal from Iraq can help us speed up withdrawal from Afghanistan.

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