Arts and Islam – Exhibits Roundup

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Qajar Ceramic: Bridging Tradition and Modernity

Qajar Ceramic: Bridging Tradition and Modernity

March 21 2019- December 31 2019

Location: Islamic Arts Museum Malaysia, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia| Cost: $29.53

Qajar Ceramics – Bridging Tradition and Modernity is about an artistic transition, featuring a diversity of ceramic objects from the collection of the Islamic Arts Museum Malaysia. The exhibition offers a closer look at the distinctive characteristics of Qajar ceramics, highlighting their forms, aesthetics, and themes. These objects point us to a story of vigour and resilience behind the Persian artistic expression. This rarely-explored field of Qajar ceramics typifies the development of the dynasty’s own language and vitality, reflecting the rich energy of the time.

The Decorated Word: Writing and Picturing in Islamic Calligraphy

The Decorated Word: Writing and Picturing in Islamic Calligraphy

April 8-November 3, 2019

Location: MET Museum, New York, NY| Cost: $25

This exhibition examines the interplay between writing and picturing in Islamic calligraphy and explores the inherent tension between textual design, decoration, readability, and verbal clarity in some four dozen examples of Islamic calligraphy from The Met collection. These works, created between the ninth century and the present, include works on paper and parchment; ceramics; metalwork and coins; and a carpet. The presentation includes a selection of modern and contemporary works by artists from Iran and Pakistan who use the written word as their primary mode of artistic expression.

Wondrous Worlds: Art & Islam Through Time & Place

Wondrous Worlds: Art & Islam Through Time & Place

26 January 2019- 26 May 2019

Location: Phoenix Art Museum, Phoenix, AZ| Cost: $23

Wondrous Worlds: Art & Islam Through Time & Place is the first exhibition on art and Islam atPhoenix Art Museum in more than two decades. Organized by the Newark Museum, the exhibition showcases more than 100 works of art from around the world and spanning a millennium and includes calligraphy, textiles, jewelry, paintings, clothing, musical instruments, and more.
Weekend Arabic Calligraphy Workshop with Elinor Aishah Holland - 2019

Weekend Arabic Calligraphy Workshop with Elinor Aishah Holland - 2019

16 March, 2019 22 June 2019 & 28 September 2019
Location: Diyanet Center of America, Lanham, Maryland| Cost: $65. 
Thuluth is one of the oldest and most popular script in the Arabic calligraphic tradition. Using authentic tools we will delve into the letterforms using the historic method first developed in Baghdad during the 11th century and later refined during the Ottoman period.
The World Between Empires

The World Between Empires

18 March 2019- 23 June 2019
Location: MET Museum, New York, NY| Cost: $65. 
For over three centuries, the territories and trading networks of the Middle East were contested between the Roman and Parthian Empires (ca. 100 B.C.–A.D. 250), yet across the region, life was not defined by these two superpowers alone. Local cultural and religious traditions flourished, and sculptures, wall paintings, jewelry, and other objects reveal how ancient identities were expressed through art. Featuring 190 works from museums in the Middle East, Europe, and the United States, this exhibition follows a journey along with the great incense and silk routes that connected cities in southwestern Arabia, Nabataea, Judaea, Syria, and Mesopotamia, making the region a center of global trade. Several of the archaeological sites featured, including Palmyra, Dura-Europos, and Hatra, have been damaged in recent years by deliberate destruction and looting, and the exhibition also examines these events and responses to them.
The Seas and the Mobility of Islamic Art

The Seas and the Mobility of Islamic Art

10 November 2019- 11 November 2019
Location: VCUarts Qatar, Doha, Qatar| Cost: Free. 

From medieval trade routes to the contemporary migrant crisis, the seas have served as both connective tissues and barriers between intellectual, political, and artistic traditions. Nowhere, perhaps, is this dual role more evident than within the visual cultures of the Islamic world. Stretching from centers around the Mediterranean and the Indian Ocean to the coasts of Africa, South, and Southeast Asia, and with tendrils extending across the Pacific and Atlantic, these ethnically, linguistically, and socially variegated traditions were both united and divided by the seas and those who crossed them.

An Immigrant Alphabet

An Immigrant Alphabet

10 November 2018- 10 June 2019

Location: Al-Bustan Seeds of Culture, Philadelphia, PA| Cost: Free. 

An Immigrant Alphabet is a public art installation produced by Al-Bustan Seeds of Culture featuring the work of artist Wendy Ewald in collaboration with eighteen Northeast High School students exploring their immigrant experiences. #iAlphabet was displayed at the Municipal Services Building in Center City Philadelphia from September 2017 through July 2018 with a series of free participatory events held at Thomas Paine Plaza and venues across the city. The project is currently on display at Cherry Street Pier till June 2019. Guided tours, presentations, and engagements are available for students, organizations, and businesses. The newly released book America, Border, Culture, Dreamer: The Young Immigrant Experience from A to Z features the banner images and student narratives.

Plucked from the womb like something tar

Plucked from the womb like something tar

05 April 2019- 25 May 2019

Location: Twelve Gates Arts, Philadelphia, PA| Cost: Free. 

Plucked From The Womb Like Something Tart brings together the work of two Bangladeshi- American artists who share the experience of being first-generation immigrants since childhood. Visual artist and writer, Riya Hamid was raised in East New York, Brooklyn and now lives in Berlin. Her work seeks to augment the dialogue of class in relation to opportunity and livelihood from the feminine Bengali diasporic experience. She embodies and reflects her contemplation of the world in all aspects of her work with presence. Asif Hoque left his South Florida home to earn his degree from Pratt Institute and now lives and works in Brooklyn. His body of work is a reflection of the plurality of his identity. Through the use of mixed media, he builds friction through application of layers and texture in order to facilitate a conversation. Both have gracefully transformed what was a heightened experience of childhood alienation into an evolved existential exploration.