Fragmentation & Unity: The Art of Sari Khoury


Untitled Triptych  

Sari Khoury was many things – a student, an artist, a writer, a college professor, a philosopher, an immigrant, a family man. He was a pillar of the community in Mount Pleasant, Michigan and a citizen of the world who treasured his Palestinian heritage. The combination of these various identities made Khoury an eloquent communicator, who used both words and art to express himself and engage those around him.

Fragmentation & Unity: The Art of Sari Khoury, presents 25 late-period works paired with quotations from Khoury’s prolific writings. Among the pieces on display January 31 through April 27 is the artist’s final work, a brilliant untitled triptych that has never before been displayed in public.

The Museum's first-ever online-only companion exhibition – focusing on Khoury the man, his personal interests and his friendship with fellow Palestinian artist Kamal Boullata – can be viewed by clicking HERE or clicking on the icon above right.  For a web version of the exhibit gallery guide, please click here to download. (2.8MbPDF Icon)

Self Portrait, circa 1967,
oils;  2' 7" x 2' 3"

Sari Khoury (1941-1997) left Jerusalem at age 17 to forge a new life in the American Midwest. He earned an MFA from the prestigious Cranbrook Academy of Art in 1965 and settled in at Central Michigan University, where he taught in the Department of Art for three decades, serving as its chairman for several years. Read more by and about Sari Khoury at

Fragmentation & Unity: The Art of Sari Khoury
Gallery Talks at the AANM

Free admission; in the Main Floor Gallery

Sunday, March 2 at 2 p.m.
Presenter: Mohamad Bazzi, artist and educator, Dearborn Public Schools, OTHER Collective
Topic: “Abstraction and the Personal Voice.”
Staff Moderator: Suzy Mazloum, Collections

Friday, March 14 at noon
Presenter: Joe Namy, Artist, OTHER Collective, Detroit
Topic: “Abstracting Reflections Subjecting Reverberations”
Staff Moderator: Nahleh Ali, Education

Sunday, March 30 at 2 p.m.
Presenter: Suheila Khoury (wife of Sari Khoury)
Topic: “Sari Khoury’s Inspiration and Love for Abstract Art”
Staff Moderator: TBA

Friday, April 11 at noon
Presenter: Jennie Williams, Educator, Detroit Institute of Arts
Topic: “Learning to Look at Abstract Art”
Staff Moderator: Lama Mansour, Education

Sunday, April 20 at 2 p.m.
Presenter: TBA
Topic: TBA
Staff Moderator: Christina Southers, Education 

Watch Chris Khoury deliver his paper Light, Freedom, and Mystical Presence: The Artistic Work and Ideas of Sari I. Khoury at the 2006 conference, DIWAN: A Forum for the Arts, held at the Arab American National Museum.

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