Videos of the lectures are now available on the Asian Art Museum's Apple Podcasts. Click here to view the available videos from this lecture series.
This will be the first time a lecture series on the arts of the Islamic world has been presented at the Asian Art Museum. The fifteen lectures in the series have been structured to provide a broad overview of both pre-Islamic and Islamic art. The subjects include pre-Islamic art in Iran, Central Asia, Arabia and Byzantium, painting, architecture, ceramics, textiles, calligraphy, Islam in India, attitudes towards images, and contemporary art.
As always, a distinguished roster of prominent scholars and curators has been assembled, several of whom will be coming from famous UK institutions such as Oxford and the British Museum.
Introduction Study Guide
Qamar Adamjee, AAM
An Introduction to the Art and Architecture of Pre-Islamic Iran and Central Asia Study Guide
David Stronach, UC Berkeley
Arts of Ancient Arabia Study Guide
Massumeh Farhad, Freer & Sackler
Assimilation and Conquest: Byzantine Sources for Islamic Art Study Guide
Helen Evans, Metropolitan Museum
Is there an Image Problem in Islam? Materials for the History of an Idea. Study Guide
Finbarr Barry Flood, NYU
Persian Painting: The First Golden Age (1300-1500) Study Guide
Robert Hillenbrand, University of Edinburgh
Seeing and Being Seen in Isfahan: Expanding Gaze for an Early Modern Capital Study Guide
Renata Holod, University of Pennsylvania
Chinese Influence on Islamic Glazed Ceramics Study Guide
Oliver Watson, University of Oxford
Building Types in Islamic Architecture Study Guide
Santhi Kavuri-Bauer, San Francisco State University
The Visual Culture of Islam in India Study Guide
Alka Patel, UC Irvine
October 31- RESCHEDULED to January 31st DUE TO MUSEUM CLOSURE FOR GIANTS VICTORY PARADE
Ex Oriente Lux: Luxury Textiles and Oriental Carpets Study Guide
Carol Bier, Textile Museum, Washington D.C.
The Art of Islamic Calligraphy: A Journey through Time Study Guide
Maryam Ekhtiar, Metropolitan Museum
Seek Knowledge Even as Far as China: East-West Cultural Transmissions in Post Mongol Iran Study Guide
Ladan Akbarnia, British Museum
Modernism and Islamic Art Study Guide
Iftikhar Dadi, Cornell University
No Class, Thanksgiving break
Imagining Europe at the Persian Court in the Seventeenth Century (1590-1720) Study Guide
Amy Landau, Walters Art Museum
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