Arts and Islam – Exhibits Roundup

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Collecting Caligraphy: Arts of the Islamic World

Collecting Caligraphy: Arts of the Islamic World

07 September 2018 - 27 January 2019

Location: Cincinnati Art Museum | Cost: Free

Richly illuminated folios from poetic and historic manuscripts will be displayed alongside pages from the Qur’an, calligraphic practice sheets, and political decrees in Collecting Calligraphy: Arts of the Islamic World.

Armenia!

Armenia!

22 September 2018 - 13 January 2019

Location: The Metropolitan Museum of Art | Cost: $25

Through some 140 objects—including opulent gilded reliquaries, richly illuminated manuscripts, rare textiles, cross stones (khachkars), precious liturgical furnishings, church models, and printed books—the exhibition demonstrates how Armenians developed a unique Christian identity that linked their widespread communities over the years.

The Fabric of India

The Fabric of India

19 October 2018 - 6 January 2019

Location: Cincinnati Art Museum | Cost: $12

The six thematic sections will explore courtly splendor that was proclaimed by sumptuous fabrics, while religious worship found expression through finely crafted sacred cloths. Centuries of global trade shaped by the export of Indian textiles exemplify the robust aesthetic exchange engaged in by artisans who reflected the culture of their clients in their work.

Syria Matters

Syria Matters

23 November 2018 - 13 February 2019

Location: Museum of Islamic Art, Doha, Qatar | Cost: Free

The exhibition, entitled Syria Matters (opens 23 November), aims to explore the country’s centuries-old “extraordinary cultural heritage” against the backdrop of the raging conflict that has seen the destruction of six Unesco world heritage sites under President Bashar al-Assad.

Emperors & Jewels: Treasures of the Indian Courts from the al-Sabah Collection, Kuwait

Emperors & Jewels: Treasures of the Indian Courts from the al-Sabah Collection, Kuwait

18 August 2018- 27 January 2019

Location: Aga Khan Museum, Toronto, Canada | Cost: $20

Experience the passion for opulence among the princes of India. Exquisite objects decorated with gems and carved from semi-precious stone reflect life at the courts.

Contemporary Muslim Fashions

Contemporary Muslim Fashions

22 August 2018 - 06 January 2019

Location: De Young Museum, San Francisco, CA | Cost: $28

Discover the complex, diverse nature of Muslim dress codes worldwide. The exhibition examines how Muslim women—those who cover their heads and those who do not—have become arbiters of style within and beyond their communities, and in so doing have drawn mass-media attention to contemporary Muslim life.

Transforming Traditions

Transforming Traditions

22 September 2018 - 10 February 2019

Location: Aga Khan Museum, Toronto, Canada | Cost: $20

Bear witness to the complex dynamics that impacted the arts of a society at a crossroads between tradition and transformation during a century of turbulent change.

Syria, Then and Now: Stories from Refugees a Century Apart

Syria, Then and Now: Stories from Refugees a Century Apart

13 October 2018–13 January 2019

Location: Brooklyn Museum,Brooklyn, NY | Cost: $16

The exhibition presents thirteenth-century Ayyubid ceramics that were unearthed in Raqqa, Syria, by the Circassian refugees, who were searching for bricks to build homes. The ceramics are drawn from our collection and include vases, jugs, bowls, and oil lamps

In the School of Wisdom: Persian Bookbinding, ca/1575-1890

In the School of Wisdom: Persian Bookbinding, ca/1575-1890

22 October 2018 - 1 March 2019

Location: School of Wisdom, New York, NY | Cost: N/A

Bookbindings became a rejuvenated site for creative expression in Iran. ‘In the School of Wisdom’ presents over thirty examples, representing the diversity of the art as it developed from the late Safavid to Qajar eras and contextualizing it within a changing landscape of libraries and book culture.

Clouds and Gold Dust: Decorated Papers from the Ettinghausen Collection

Clouds and Gold Dust: Decorated Papers from the Ettinghausen Collection

29 October 2018 - 24 March 2019

Location: Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, NY | Cost: $25

Clouds and Gold Dust: Decorated Papers from the Ettinghausen Collection presents works on paper, enhanced with marbling, gold sprinkling, stenciled designs, and decoupage, alone or in combination with one another or with illumination. Ranging from the fifteenth to the twentieth century, the thirty-three folios on view reveal an endless variety of patterns and embellishments, surrounding elegantly penned poetic verses and, eventually, forming freestanding images.

Garden Paradise: The Magnificent Safavid Garden Carpet from the Burrell Collection, Glasgow

Garden Paradise: The Magnificent Safavid Garden Carpet from the Burrell Collection, Glasgow

02 November 2018–24 March 2019

Location: Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, TX | Cost: $10

Garden Paradise: The Magnificent Safavid Carpet from the Burrell Collection, Glasgow explores the importance of the garden to Islamic culture through the lens of the renowned Wagner Garden Carpet. This rarely displayed masterpiece, woven in southeastern Iran in the 17th century, is one of the three earliest surviving Persian garden carpets in the world.

A six-day intensive course on Islamic calligraphy

A six-day intensive course on Islamic calligraphy

09-14 April, 2019

Location: The Islamic School of Art, Qom, Iran| Cost: 730 Euro= 7 Days, 850 Euro=10 days. A prepayment of 100Euro is required after the application is processed. 

Short Course: The students would learn the basics of Nastaliq calligraphy and will learn how to read & write the words written in this calligraphy style and if you’re good enough you might even be able to understand some of the words as well.