The Nomadic Object: Early Modern Religious Art in Global Contact


WHEN January 18-20, 2016
WHERE Abu Dhabi WHO NYU Abu Dhabi Institute By Invitation Interested scholars please contact

Sixteenth-century curiosity about the rest of the world brought societies, and their cultural artifacts, into sustained, regular interaction. With the opening of the Louvre Abu Dhabi, the collecting of cross-cultural objects has again captured the public imagination. This workshop considers how the art of contact problematized the status of objects and their engagement with audiences around the world, offering the opportunity to look across cultures once more and construct a truly global art history.

Image: Philipp Hainhofer, Cabinet of Curiosities, 1625-1631, oak, ebony, ivory, precious wood veneers, semi-precious stones, marble, Seychelles nut, gilded silver, silver, brass, coral, seashells, minerals, crystals, glass, oil. Uppsala, Uppsala University, Museum Gustavianum

Convened by
  • Mia Mochizuki , Associate Professor of Art History, NYUAD and NYU Institute of Fine Arts

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