Tradition Interrupted on View at the Figge Art Museum Beginning Saturday
December 11, 2023

Tradition Interrupted on View at the Figge Art Museum Beginning Saturday

Davenport, Iowa (December 11, 2023) — A fascinating selection of 23 artworks created by 12 artists from around the world will be on view at the Figge Art Museum beginning Saturday. 

Tradition Interrupted is a celebration of artistic innovation that breathes new life into familiar elements such as textiles, metals, and pottery. The works are reimagined and merged with innovative techniques that interrupt tradition while telling complex stories that connect the past and present and challenge viewers to reevaluate our collective memory.

The artists featured have lived their lives immersed in the traditions of their ancestors, and their connections to cultural customs, imagery and materials are complex. By reimagining traditional arts and crafts, the artists interrupt the fixed structure of history, allowing us to think differently about the past while envisioning new possibilities in the future.

From the intricate beauty of rugs and mosaics to the bold craftsmanship of metalwork and ceramics, the artworks on view act as a catalyst for stimulating conversations that captivate global attention.

“This exhibition is a testament to the power of art in transcending boundaries and reshaping our understanding of tradition,” said Figge Executive Director & CEO Michelle Hargrave. “The intricate narratives woven into each piece will create a thought-provoking experience for visitors of all ages.”

Featured artists hail from around the world and include: Anila Quayyum Agha (Pakistan), Faig Ahmed (Azerbaijan), Camille Eskell (U.S.), Mounir Fatmi (Morocco), Ana Gómez (Mexico), Shirin Hosseinvand (Iran), Dinh Q. Lê (Vietnam), Steven Young Lee (U.S.), Jaydan Moore (U.S.), Ramekon O’Arwisters (U.S.), Jason Seife (U.S.), and Masami Teraoka (Japan).  

Tradition Interrupted is organized by Bedford Gallery at the Lesher Center for the Arts, Walnut Creek, CA. Sponsored locally by Judie and Ross Lance, the exhibition will be on view in the Figge’s second-floor Katz Gallery through March 31, 2024.  

About the Figge Art Museum:
The Figge Art Museum is dedicated to bringing art and people together. Located on the Mississippi River in downtown Davenport at 225 West Second Street, the Figge is the premier art exhibition and education facility between Chicago and Des Moines. Its landmark glass building, designed by British architect David Chipperfield, is home to one of the Midwest’s finest art collections and presents world-class exhibitions,  art classes, lectures, and special events that attract visitors of all ages. Museum hours are 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday; 10 a.m.-8 a.m. on Thursdays; and 12-5 p.m. on Sundays. Reservations are not required, but can be made at or by calling 563-345-6632. Admission to the museum is $10 for adults, $6 for seniors and students with ID and $4 children ages 4-12. Admission is free to Figge members and institutional members and to all on Thursday evenings.  You can become a member for as little as $50 by visiting the Figge website. To contact the museum, please call 563.326.7804, or visit


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