Artist Exchange International rose out of
the ashes of 9/11. It is this situation that catapulted a
group of downtown artists to reexamine the role of the artist
and art production in relation to real world events. AEI creates
a forum for artists to present their views and to interact
on a global level in in ways in ways that are urgent for them
and meaningful to the cross-cultural dialogue of pressing
As a result of the Belfast Exchange, AEI's cultural dialogue
has grown from its roots to address issues of globalization,
environmental concerns, technology, history and conflict.
Using the Metropolitan Museum of Art as its base, Through
Our Eyes Wuppertal/New York extends this inquiry to the diverse
perspectives of artists from different countries as they interact
past and present with cultural history.
The intertwine of ideas track the nature of creativity in
action and the value of dialogue that has existed between
artists and community over time.