The first Palestinian-themed museum in the United States that opened on Sunday in Woodbridge, on the outskirts of New Haven in Connecticut, showcased Palestinian art, culture and history.
The “Palestinian Museum U.S.”, as it was called, includes work by Palestinian artists from all over the world in celebration of Palestinian diversity, culture and history. The artworks displayed Palestinian life and struggle during the British mandate earlier last century and Israeli occupation that started 50 years ago.
The opening was attended by Riyad Mansour, Permanent Observer of the State of Palestine to the United Nations, as well as a large number of members of the Palestinian community in the US.
Presenting Faisal Saleh, founder of The Palestinian Museum U.S., with a Palestinian artwork recognizing his role in acquainting the American society with the Palestinian culture and history, Mansour said the opening of the museum is an important endeavor, stressing it will expand to include more works by Palestinian artists.
He said the museum will help narrate an important part of the Palestinian narrative, especially regarding the heritage, history, struggle and achievements of Palestinian people.
Samiya Halaby, an artist, spoke about the history of modern art in Palestine and how advanced it has become since the 18th century.