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.
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
Abigail Balbale, Assistant Professor, Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies, NYU
NYU Abu Dhabi Institute
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