Symposium: Encounters with Islamic Art: Reception, Revival, and Response


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  • Host Department: History of Art
  • Date: 02/01/2014
  • Time: 10:00AM - 6:00PM

  • Location: U-M Museum of Art, 525 S. State, Helmut Stern Auditorium

  • Description:

    This one-day symposium will accompany the exhibition of Doris Duke’s collection of Islamic art, which will be on display at the University of Michigan Museum of Art from January 25 - May 4, 2014. The show exhibits Islamic art of the pre-modern period along with its reception, collection, and revival during the 19th and 20th centuries. The symposium is organized around three panels—Museum Encounters, Architectural Encounters, and Greco-Balkan Encounters—and aims to shed further light on the many ways in which collectors, scholars, artists, and architects have encountered Islamic artistic traditions during the modern period. Speakers will explore how “Islamic” art was defined and received in both European (British, German, Greek, and Balkan) and American museum and academic contexts, as well as revived for a variety of nation-building purposes in Islamic lands today. Taken altogether, these presentations highlight how Islamic art—as a constructed scholarly discipline and corpus of selected objects—must be considered a global phenomenon that has been constructed through the efforts of various artistic entrepreneurs at the same time as it has been entangled in the cultural politics of Colonialism, Orientalism, and globalization over the course of the past two centuries.

    This conference is organized by UMMA and U-M Associate Professor of Islamic Art Christiane Gruber. Her interests span the pre-modern to the contemporary, and include Islamic painting, book arts, calligraphy, architecture, and visual and material culture. She has conducted research in America, Europe, Egypt, Turkey, and Iran, and has taught Islamic art history at the University of Michigan, Indiana University, Humboldt University, and Sorbonne University.

    For information on additional programs offered in conjunction with the Doris Duke, exhibition, please CLICK HERE.
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