An evening of poetry highlights ‘The Light of the Sublime’ exhibition

Wednesday’s public event is hosted by RIT’s Cary Graphic Arts Collection

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“Fragments of Light 5,” published by Vincent FitzGerald & Co., interpreted by Zahra Partovi

One who is pure is drowned in the light of the Sublime

He is the son of no one, free from time and states of feeling

—Jalaluddin Mohammad Rumi

Enjoy an evening of poetry and refreshments as the Cary Graphic Arts Collection presents selections of verse by 13th century Persian poet Jalaluddin Mohammad Rumi (1207-1273). The event begins at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday and is held in conjunction with an artists’ book exhibition, “The Light of the Sublime; The Work of Rumi,” as interpreted by Zahra Partovi and Vincent FitzGerald and Co. The show continues through Aug. 6 at The Wallace Center, 2nd floor.

Rumi is an iconic figure in the history of Persian and Iranian literature. He was first a mystic and a teacher, but late in life turned to poetry to express basic precepts on Sufic philosophy, love and closeness to God.

The following readers will share Rumi’s verse—speaking Farsi or English:

• Shanin Monshipour, director of International Culture and Arts Network

• Babak Elahi, associate dean, RIT College of Liberal Arts

• John Roche, associate professor of English, College of Liberal Arts

• Amelia Fontanel, assistant curator, RIT Cary Collection

The event will also feature an image projection screening of “Fragments of Light 6” by Naho Taruishi, with harp performance by Alyssa Reit and sound by Zahra Partovi. A discussion and sharing of Rumi poetry will follow.

For more information, call 585-485-4213.