Bridges - 10 City Tour

It is no exaggeration to state that the Bridges Tour has been one of the most significant Cultural Diplomacy initiatives ever undertaken between the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and the United States. Over two years, and working in partnership with cultural institutions across the U.S., Bridges attracted an estimated 430,000+ visitors to exhibitions and events across 10 cities and 13 States. Its mission, to encourage people–to–people, community– to–community, and even nation–to–nation dialogue through cultural encounters and exchange, is celebrated in this publication.

In partnership with



Station Museum of Contemporary Art in Houston, TX
Gonzo Gallery in Aspen, CO
Minnesota Street Project in San Francisco, CA
Bates College Museum of Art in Lewiston, ME
Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA), CA
Arab American National Museum in Dearborn, MI
Utah Museum of Contemporary Art in Salt Lake City, UT
Art Museum of the University of Memphis & Memphis Brooks Museum of Art in Memphis, TN
Corcoran School of Art & Design at George Washington University in Washington, D.C.
Brooklyn Museum in New York

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Bridges Tour Catalogue

Detailing the full journey of the Bridges Tour from the Station Museum in Houston, Texas to our final symposium in Washington DC.

Related Films

Epicenter X - Dearborn, MI

A group of Saudi artists visit Dearborn, Michigan, to exhibit their artwork at The Arab American Museum, where locals get a chance to see tart coming from the Middle East first-hand.

Parrallel Kingdom - Houston, TX

Arriving in the lone star state of Texas, a group of Saudi artists present radical new work at the Station Museum of Contemporary Art in Houston.

Ahmed Mater: Mecca Journeys – Brooklyn Museum, NY

Mecca Journeys was Ahmed Mater's first major solo exhibition in New York, presents a compelling portrait of the massive urban redevelopment now under way in the holiest city in the Islamic world, and its effects on residents and the millions of hajj pilgrims who travel there every year.

Desert to Delta – Memphis, TN

Desert to Delta at the Art Museum of the University of Memphis (AMUM) presents 20 artists and a video artist collective from the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

Abdulnasser Gharem: Pause – Los Angeles, CA

Pause was Abdulnasser Gharem's first major solo exhibition in the United States, presenting a remarkable body of work born in the aftermath of the tragic events of September 11, 2001.

Cities of Conviction – Salt Lake City, UT

Examining the parallels between spiritual and urban cultures in Saudi Arabia and Utah; and especially the symbolism of creativity that connects cities of pilgrimage in both places.

GENERA#IONS – San Francisco, California

A group of young Saudi artists exhibit their work for the first time in San Francisco, California, at the Minnesota Street Project.

Gonzo Arabia – Aspen, CO

A group of young Saudi artists travel to the heart of Hunter S. Thompson's America: Aspen, Colorado. There they present their work at the Gonzo Gallery to an astonished crowd not familiar with Middle Eastern art.

Phantom Punch – Lewiston, ME

A group of Saudi artists visit Lewiston, Maine, to exhibit their artwork at Bates College, where students get a chance to see the art coming from the Middle East first-hand.

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