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[BKARTS] Fwd: International Symposium on Islamic Art [James Farmer]



Hello everyone,

While this is not solely an event devoted to the Book arts, some of the topics are on that topic. My friend Mohamed Zakaria noted calligrapher and creator of the Eid postage stamp will be one of the presenters. Perhaps it will be of interest to some on this list.

For more info, please contact the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, listed below, and not myself.

Jake Benson


Date: Mon, 20 Sep 2004 11:44:52 -0400 From: James Farmer <jfarmer@xxxxxxx>

Virginia Commonwealth University
The Qatar Foundation for Education, Science and Community Development
and
The Virginia Museum of Fine Arts

Present

Expanded Frontiers:
An International Symposium on Islamic Art

November 5-6, 2004
Virginia Museum of Fine Arts
200 N. Boulevard, Richmond, Virginia, USA, 23220-4007

The symposium presents a series of scholarly illustrated lectures covering recent advances in the study of Islamic art and architecture. The distinguished scholar Dr. Oleg Grabar, Professor Emeritus from the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, New Jersey, will present the Keynote Lecture at 6:00 p.m., Friday evening, November 5. On Saturday, November 6, a roster of internationally renowned scholars and specialists on Islamic art from the United States, Europe and the Middle East will offer individual presentations of 40 minutes each. An open forum discussion will conclude the symposium on Saturday afternoon. All symposium events will be presented in the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts Theater. Scheduled participants include:

Dr. Sheila Blair, Boston College
Dr. Jonathan Bloom, Boston College
Dr. Massumeh Farhad, Freer Gallery of Art and Sackler Gallery of Art
Dr. Robert Hillenbrand, University of Edinburgh, Scotland
Dr. Gulru Necipoglu-Kafadar, Harvard University
Dr. Nabil Safwat, Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Dr. Oliver Watson, Museum of Islamic Art, Doha, Qatar
Mohamed Zakariya, Arlington, Virginia


Registration fee required. For more information, contact the Department of Art History, Virginia Commonwealth University, (804) 828-2784, jfarmer@xxxxxxx, or the Virginia Museum of Fine
Arts, (804) 340-1405.


www.vcu.edu/artweb/history www.vmfa.state.va.us

INTERNATIONAL EXPERTS


Sheila S. Blair and Jonathan M. Bloom (Massachusetts) are the
Norma Jean Catherwood University Co-Professors of Islamic and Asian Art at
Boston College. They are co-authors of numerous articles and books, including
Islamic Arts (1997) and The Art And Architecture of Islam, 1250-1800 (1994).


Massumeh Farhad (Washington D.C.) is Chief Curator and Curator of
Islamic Art at the Smithsonians Freer Gallery of Art and Sackler Gallery of Art. Her
specialization includes Islamic painting and manuscripts. Her publications include
Sultan Ibrahim Mirza's Haft Awrang, A Princely Manuscript from Sixteenth-
Century Iran (1997) and Slaves of the Shah: New Elites of Safavid Iran (2003).


Oleg Grabar (Princeton, New Jersey) is Professor Emeritus of the Institute
for Advanced Study in the School of Historical Studies. He taught at Harvard
University for many years as the Aga Khan Professor of Islamic Art and
Architecture and is the author of eighteen books and more than 140 articles, including
The Formation of Islamic Art (1987), The Mediation of Ornament, (1992),
and The Shape of The Holy: Early Islamic Jerusalem (1996).


Robert Hillenbrand (Edinburgh, Scotland) is Professor of Fine Art at the
University of Edinburgh. He has curated major exhibits and published extensively
on Islamic art. His numerous books include Islamic Art and Architecture (1999)
and Islamic Architecture: Form, Function and Meaning (1994), translated into
Persian in 1998.


Gulru Necipoglu-Kafadar (Cambridge, Massachusetts) is the Aga Khan
Professor of Islamic Art at Harvard University. She is a specialist on Islamic art and
architecture. Her publications include Muqarnas: An Annual on Islamic Art and
Architecture (1995) and The Topkapi Scroll: Geometry and Ornament in Islamic
Architecture (sketchbooks & albums) (1995).


Nabil Safwat (Dubai, U.A.E.) is a former Lecturer in Islamic Art in the
School of Oriental and African Studies at the University of London and a
specialist on Islamic calligraphy. His publications include The Art of the Pen:
Calligraphy of the 14th to 20th Centuries (1996) and Golden Pages: Qur'ans
and Other Manuscripts from the Collection of Ghassan I. Shaker (2000).


Oliver Watson (Doha, Qatar) is Chief Curator of the new Museum of Islamic
Art in Doha, Qatar and former curator of Islamic art at the Victoria & Albert Museum
in London. His publications include Persian Lustre Ware (1985) and Ceramics from
Islamic Lands (2004).


Mohamed Zakariya (Virginia) is an independent scholar, artist and specialist
on Islamic calligraphy. He has exhibited and conducted workshops on calligraphy
and musical instruments throughout the world. His publications include The
Calligraphy of Islam: Reflections on the State of the Art (1979) and The Art of the
Pen: Calligraphy of the 14th to 20th Centuries (1996, with Nabil Safwat).




SYMPOSIUM SCHEDULE NOVEMBER 5-6, 2004

Friday, November 5
6:00 pm                 Keynote Lecture
        Oleg Grabar, Baghdad and Islamic Art

7:00 8:00 pm Reception

Saturday, November 6
8:00 am                 Registration and Refreshments

8:30 am 12:15 pm Welcome and Morning Talks
Jonathan Bloom, A Century of Studying Islamic Art


Gulru Necipoglu-Kafadar, Crossing the East-West Frontier: Dialogues
Between Domed Mosques and Churches in the Early Modern Mediterranean World


Massumeh Farhad, Painted Poetry: Text and Image in Persian Manuscripts

Mohamed Zakariya, Criticism in Islamic Art-The Case of Calligraphy

12:15 1:30 pm Lunch & Opportunity to Visit VMFA Galleries
The Arts Café will be open for lunch.


1:30  4:15 pm           Afternoon Talks
        Nabil Safwat, Ardent Discipline  The Genre of the Masters

Robert Hillenbrand, Life and Death of the Author in the Christian and
Islamic Tradition


        Oliver Watson, Masterpieces of the Museum of Islamic Art, Qatar:
        Art or Decorative Art?

4:30 5:30 pm Panel Discussion, Questions and Conclusions

5:30 pm Symposium Closes



* All symposium talks are presented in the VMFA theater. For more information, phone 804.340.1405
REGISTRATION FORM


Expanded Frontiers:
An International Symposium on Islamic Art


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_____________________ Refund Policy
Fees are nonrefundable unless the symposium
Symposium Events and Fees is canceled by VMFA.
Quantity Amount
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($45 members) $ Participants will receive written confirmation
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(VCU student) (1) $ (free)
More information: 804.340.1405
www.vmfa.state.va.us/
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*Because space is limited for these events, early registration is suggested. Responses
will be accepted on a first-received basis.


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