Saudi art from a motorhome

Back in 2014, a group of Arab artists set forth on a Saudi-funded mission to drive a motorhome along the highways of America and bring a taste of Middle Eastern culture and creativity to its big cities and rural backwaters.

This week, the project culminates with the launch of a show by Ahmed Mater, a 38-year-old doctor-turned-artist from Tabuk, Saudi Arabia, at New York’s Brooklyn Museum, that chronicles the revamp of the holy city of Mecca.

In many ways, Mater and his crew have pulled off a surprise success. Cajoling Texans and other white-bread Southerners to engage with Arab artists despite widespread hostility to the Middle East since 9/11 was a tall order.

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