Interesting fact: The country of Jordan is 35,637 square miles in area, that’s approximately the same size as the state of Maine – 35,384 square miles.
Another interesting fact: A few months ago Google put Palestine back on the map. Since first going to Palestine in 1990 I researched “Palestine” continually on the internet. At some point during the later 1990’s, the word “Palestine” disappeared off the internet and world maps. Instead, the world maps denoted Palestine with words such as “West Bank” and “Occupied Territories.” Undeterred by not finding Palestine on the internet, I went to Office Depot to buy a Rand McNally World Atlas denoting Palestine as Palestine. No such luck, Palestine had “gone missing” and remained missing until shortly before I was awarded my Fulbright. In a hurry to gather some updated facts about Palestine for my Fulbright I mistakenly put Palestine in the search bar, rather than West Bank or Occupied Territories, and lo and behold, Palestine popped up! I couldn’t believe my eyes and researched the reason Palestine is ‘back.” Google put Palestine back on the map without telling anyone of their intentions. To me, and the rest of the world, this is monumental!
Now I’m only a day behind in my life. Yesterday, September 11,th I met with Dr. Khaled Khris, the director of the Jordan National Gallery of Fine Arts, and his Assistant Director for Artistic Affairs Bana Fanous. The museum is a gorgeous stone building. Actually the museum is comprised of two buildings, one across two streets with a sculpture garden in the center (click on images to enlarge):
Dr. Khris’s office is located in the building with the administrative offices, gift shop and exhibition areas.
Dr. Khris oversaw and traveled an exhibition of the work of 51 Arab women artists from 21 Islamic countries, entitled: ““Breaking the Veils: Women Artists from the Islamic World.” It traveled to various parts of the United States.
The following painting hangs in the foyer leading into his office and was used on the catalogue cover for the exhibition:
Dr. Khris expressed interest in my Seven Women’s House Keys art salon. He stated that he didn’t want to interfere with my time limitations on my project and suggested I make myself at home in the library and exhibition spaces whenever I desire. I offered my services to assist wherever needed and he suggested I come to the gallery on the 23rd or 24th to possibly contribute installation suggestions for the exhibition they will be installing.