Arts and Islam – Exhibits Roundup

Check out our new resource, advertising events in Islamic Studies. Each page focuses on specific types of events, including museum exhibits, conferences, and lectures, packaged as a convenient, one-stop shop for all related events. This page will be updated as new exhibits are announced and old exhibits end.

Upcoming:

Weekend Arabic Calligraphy Workshop with Elinor Aishah Holland – 2019

Wonderous Worlds: Art & Islam Through Time & Place

Art and Peoples of the Kharga Oasis

The Decorated Word: Writing and Picturing in Islamic Calligraphy- MET Museum

The Seas and the Mobility of Islamic Art

Qajar Ceramic: Bridging Tradition and Modernity

Dream and Trauma

Middle East Galleries at Penn Museum

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 USD
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.
Wonderous World: Art & Islam Through Time & Place

Wonderous World: Art & Islam Through Time & Place

23 June - 6 October, 2019
Location: Phillbrook Tulsa, Oklahoma | Cost: 9 USD
Wondrous Worlds: Art & Islam through Time & Place, the most extensive exhibition of Islamic art to be shown in Oklahoma, represents over 1200 years of rich artistic creation, illustrating the great geographic expanse of the Islamic world.
Organized around five themes—architecture, hospitality, clothing, the art of writing, and cross-cultural exchange—the exhibition allows visitors to discover objects made from a wide variety of materials including ornately decorated clothing and textiles, elaborate jewelry and metalwork, and ornamented ceramics and furniture. Contemporary sculpture, photographs, and paintings show how artists today are exploring historic traditions to create innovative new work.
Art and Peoples of the Kharga Oasis

Art and Peoples of the Kharga Oasis

11 October - 21 October 2019
Location: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York | Cost: 65 USD
In 1908, The Metropolitan Museum of Art began to excavate late-antique sites in the Kharga Oasis, located in Egypt’s Western Desert. The Museum’s archaeologists uncovered two-story houses, painted tombs, and a church. They also retrieved objects that reveal the multiple cultural and religious identities of the people who lived in the region. The finds represent a society between the third and seventh centuries A.D., a time of transition between the Roman and early Byzantine periods, which integrated Egyptian, Greek, and Roman culture and art. This exhibition features some thirty works from these excavations. By grouping objects according to the archaeological context in which they were discovered, the exhibition explores the interpretation of ancient identities and artifacts and shows how archaeological documentation can assist in understanding an object’s original function. On view are ceramics, ostraca (pottery shards used as writing surfaces), jewelry from burials, glassware, coins, copies of frescoes with early Christian images, and early twentieth-century site photography.
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 USD

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.

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.
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 USD

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.

Dream and Trauma Reopening of the Carpet Rooms in the Museum für Islamische Kunst

Dream and Trauma Reopening of the Carpet Rooms in the Museum für Islamische Kunst

October 27, 2018 - Till Further Notice
Location: Pergamonuseum, Berlin, Germany | Cost: 18 EUR

It is impossible to imagine the cultural history of Europe without the carpets and tapestries produced by Islamic cultures. They attest to the continual cultural dialogue between Europe and the Near and Middle East, and form a particular focus in the permanent exhibition of the Museum für Islamische Kunst. Through a redesign of the exhibition rooms, these vivid carpets and tapestries now invite guests to experience the origins and history of the collection with all their senses, and to catch a glimpse of current work being carried out on the carpets.

The exhibition features some of the oldest pieces in the collection, originating from the estate of the founder of the museum, Wilhelm von Bode. His interest in Islamic art as an independent art form that was equal to that of Europe was the original impetus for this collection, which even today remains a rarity, including carpets and tapestries from present-day Turkey, Iran and the Caucasus.

Middle East Galleries

Middle East Galleries

Ongoing
Location: Penn Museum, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania | Cost: 15 USD

The 4,500-year-old crowning jewelry of a Mesopotamian queen. One of the world’s oldest wine vessels. A baby’s rattle. A school child’s first writing primer. A workman’s tool. An ancient spreadsheet. Through these fascinating objects and over 1,200 more, the Penn Museum’s new Middle East Galleries take you on a journey, exploring how ancient Mesopotamian societies gave rise to the world’s first cities—cities not so different from our own

An Opening

An Opening

September 07, 2019 - June 30, 2020
Location: Brooklyn Historical Society, Pierrepont Street in Brooklyn Heights, New York | Cost: 10 USD, free for students, persons with disabilities, and children

The lives and work of Muslims in Brooklyn span many ethnicities, cultures, and nationalities; as such, these diverse Brooklynites have both shaped and been shaped by life in Brooklyn. An Opening, an installation of audio and visual artworks by Brooklyn-based artist Kameelah Janan Rasheed, engages with a multiplicity of Muslim experiences in Brooklyn. Eleven large-scale prints by Rasheed are placed in conversation with audio narratives from oral histories drawn from BHS’s recent Muslims in Brooklyn project. The result is an immersive encounter with art and sound that challenges narrow conceptions of Muslim identity and history.