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Culture and Spirituality in the Art of North Africa, the Middle East and Central Asia

The exhibition of over 100 works of art and artifacts includes a wide variety of textiles, and examples of craftwork in leather, metal, glass, jewelry, felt, stone and clay. Textiles span a range of uses, including camel bags, pillows, curtains, fans, hats, shoes and window hangings. Metal wares cover a gamut from silver and brass vessels, jewelry, and braziers to drinking and cooking vessels and inlaid trays. Wooden objects include antique wood lattice windows from Egypt (mushrabbiya). The exhibition features works of art drawn from the Gray Henry collection, whose family has had a presence in Egypt since 1925.

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  • Art Exhibit
When Jan 17, 2013 09:00 AM to
Feb 24, 2013 04:30 PM
Where Schneider Hall Galleries
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Contact Phone (502)852-6794
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Gray Henry

Assorted textiles from the Gray Henry Collection, Photo courtesy John Nation

Opening Reception, Schneider Hall Galleries: Thursday, January 17th, 5:30-7:30pm

Culture and Spirituality in the Art of North Africa, the Middle East, and Central Asia is a collaboration between the the University of Louisville's programs and departments of Middle East and Islamic Studies, Fine Arts, and Anthropology.  It was co-curated by Professors Julie Peteet and Anita Harris from Anthropology.  The exhibition was researched, assembled and installed by students in Art History 542, a class on exhibition installation taught by John Begley and Peter Morrin.  The exhibition showcases several defining characteristics of traditional Islamic art, including calligraphy, geometrical ornamentation, and the use of arabesque and floral themes.  It celebrates the extraordinary accomplishments of craftspeople across a wide spectrum of the diverse Islamic World.  Photographic documentation of the uses, manufacture, and place of origin of many of the artifacts helps to contextualize the collection.

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