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September 2, 2005

Last spring, Peter Hristoff (faculty; BFA 1981 Fine Arts) curated “Iznik: Legendary Ceramics of Turkey,” an exhibition that featured Turkish ceramics being shown in the U.S. for the first time. Now Hristoff, a Turkish native, is bringing his art back home for a pair of exhibitions: “Rugs,” which will be at the Hagia Sophia Museum in Istanbul, September 19 – October 4; and “Paintings and Drawings,” which will be featured at Istanbul’s Contemporary Art Marketing Gallery, September 22 – October 22. “Rugs” is a collection of 10 rugs based on drawings the artist has been working on since 1997, combining cosmological, floral and figurative motifs with the design of traditional Anatolian halis carpets. The rugs will be supplemented by memorabilia from the Hristoff family archives relating to the history of the Hagia Sophia Museum site. The gallery show will feature recent paintings and drawings that, like the work in “Rugs,” explore issues of spirituality and belief.

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