New Museological Approaches to Islam and Islamic Art


WHEN May 10, 2019
6-7:30 PM EST WHERE 19 Washington Square North WHO NYU Abu Dhabi Institute in New York Open to the Public

Interest in the Islamic world and its art and culture is burgeoning, as new museums and permanent galleries devoted to displaying it proliferate across the globe. At the same time that an unprecedented number of museums present “Islamic art,” scholars within the field have questioned the coherence of the category of Islamic art or Islamic culture. The most challenging critiques have focused on the typical geography of art labeled Islamic, its chronology, and its relationship to religion. This panel brings together several curators and scholars who have worked on recent exhibits that address these questions in different ways, at the Metropolitan Museum, the Children’s Museum of Manhattan, the Smithsonian’s Freer|Sackler galleries and the Brooklyn Museum.

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Panel Members
  • Simon Rettig, Assistant Curator, Arts of the Islamic World, Freer Gallery of Art, and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, Smithsonian Institution
  • Ayşin Yoltar-Yıldırım, Hagop Kevorkian Associate Curator of Islamic Art, Brooklyn Museum
  • Navina Haidar, Nasser Sabah al-Ahmad al-Sabah Curator, Department of Islamic Art, The Metropolitan Museum of Art
  • Hussein Rashid, Founder of Islamicate and Academic Advisor to the Children’s Museum of Manhattan Exhibit
Moderated by
  • Abigail Balbale, Assistant Professor, Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies, NYU
Hosted by
  • NYU Abu Dhabi Institute

In Collaboration with

The Hagop Kevorkian Center for Near Eastern Studies
Department of Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies, NYU

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