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Islamic Art: Past, Present and Future – Day 1

2017 Islamic Art Symposium [image by Lalla Essaydi]

Islamic Art: Past, Present and Future
Friday, November 3, 2017
Cheek Theater, Virginia Museum of Fine Arts

8:30–9am: Registration

9–9:15am: Opening Remarks, Sheila Blair and Jonathan Bloom, Symposium Co-Chairs and shared holders of the Hamad bin Khalifa Endowed Chair in Islamic Art at VCU

9:15–10am: Wijdan al-Hashemi, Contemporary or Modern Islamic Art?

10–10:45am: Nada Shabout, Contemporary Trajectories: Iraqi Art in Context

10:45–11:15am: Coffee Break

11:15am–12pm: Nacim Pak-Shiraz, Iranian Cinema Today: An Ode to the Past and New Directions in the Future?

12–12:45pm: Mohammad al-Asad, Whose history Is It Anyway: The Presence of the Past in the Architecture of the Arab Middle East over the Past Century and a Half

1–2:15pm: Lunch (Note: lunch is not provided by the Symposium; The Best Café on the ground floor of the VMFA will be open for lunch)

2:15–3:00pm: Newsha Tavakolian, A Shah, a Russian and My Grandfather: Iranian Photography, a History

3:00–3:45pm: Audience questions and discussion

Islamic Art: Past, Present and Future
7th Biennial Hamad bin Khalifa Symposium on Islamic Art

November 2-4, 2017

The question of what the term “Islamic art” means is challenging. Is it even a useful term? Are there any better alternatives? The problem is particularly difficult when addressing modern and contemporary art. Does the work of art have to be made by a Muslim? Or does the artist have to come from the Middle East? Does the art have to have a religious component? Is Arabic calligraphy an essential part? Are there other features that define the term?

This symposium will grapple with these broad questions from a range of viewpoints, including scholars who use or don’t use the term to write about the art, collectors and curators who buy and exhibit it, and artists who make it.

Please join us to be part of the conversation at the 7th Biennial Hamad bin Khalifa Symposium on Islamic Art, titled Islamic Art: Past, Present and Future, November 2-4, 2017 in Richmond, Virginia at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts. Symposium speakers include HE Sheikha Al Mayassa bint Hamad Al Thani, the contemporary artists Lalla Essaydi, Shahzia Sikander and Hassan Hajjaj, and some of the leading curators, collectors and leaders in the field of contemporary Islamic art.

You’ll find the conference program here, the list of speakers here, and online registration here. Hope to see you there.


November 3, 2017
8:30 am
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