Summer Arts Festival presents Islamic Art: Mirror of the Invisible World 7/6

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The Summer Arts Festival line-up, part of PBS’ ongoing commitment to arts content on-air and online, features films that celebrate the contributions of independent filmmakers including a behind-the-scenes profile of actor/playwright John Leguizamo, a film that chronicles a year in the life of talented teenage Mariachi musicians, a look at priceless museum collections and a concert documentary profiling a world-renowned mezzo-soprano. The Festival explores international arts, including a historic concert by four Cuban music greats and a journey into Islamic art narrated by acclaimed actress Susan Sarandon. Slated to run for seven weeks, an additional program will be announced at a later date.

Islamic Art is part of the PBS Summer Arts Festival and each week KLRU will present a local story to accompany the PBS program. Stay tuned after Islamic Art for The King James Bible: History and Influence at The Harry Ransom Center in Austin, TX. This exhibition traces the history of the King James translation of the Bible including the influence of earlier Bibles and the committee of scholars who spent over six years poring over the text word by word.

KLRU expands the scope and diversity of the arts on television with a special presentation of Islamic Art as part of the PBS Summer Arts Festival. Travel to nine countries and across 1,400 years of cultural history to explore the astonishing artistic and architectural riches of Islam. With the insights and commentary of leading art scholars from around the world, the film delves into the art of religious life in Islamic culture and into the secret world inside the palaces of the elite. From the extraordinary array of metalwork, textiles, paintings and architecture that illuminate the culture, filmmaker Rob Gardner sheds light on the shared histories of western and Islamic societies, revealing more continuity than division. Award-winning actress Susan Sarandon narrates.