“Three cups of Tea”–Invitational Exhibition

October 10th, 2010 Comments Off on “Three cups of Tea”–Invitational Exhibition

MSU Department of Art will sponsor its first ceramics exhibition entitled “Three Cups of Tea Invitational.”  The exhibition is inspired by Greg Mortenson’s book, Three Cups of Tea.  It follows Mortenson’s journey to build schools for girls in Afghanistan.  Haji Ali, the Korphe village chief commented that, “ [in Afghanistan and Pakistan] we drink three cups of tea to do business; the first you are a stranger, the second you become a friend, and the third, you join our family, and for our family we are prepared to anything – even die.” 

In this exhibition, the cup of tea and the experience of that cup of tea become metaphors for community.  The exhibition will include both functional and nonfunctional interpretations of the cup by contemporary national artists.

This exhibition will be held in McComas Gallery on the MSU campus September 7 through October 28, 2010 and is open to all students, faculty, members of the university and surrounding communities.  It will allow viewers to experience diverse cultural, artistic, and technical approaches to the cup.  The opening reception will be held on Thursday, September 16, 2010 (5.30-7.00 p.m.).  Gallery hours are 10 a.m.to 4 p.m. (Tuesday through Friday).