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The calendar that follows is updated bimonthly as of the 15th of each of January, March, May, July, September and November. Most institutions listed have further information available through the World Wide Web. Please reconfirm dates and times before traveling. Readers are welcome to submit information for possible inclusion in this listing through the Feedback page. (Please note in the subject line, "Events & Exhibitions.")

August

The Divine Comedy: Heaven, Purgatory, and Hell Revisited by Contemporary African Artists. The Divine Comedy: Heaven, Purgatory, and Hell Revisited by Contemporary African Artists, curated by the internationally acclaimed writer and art critic Simon Njami, is a dramatic multimedia exhibition that reveals the ongoing global relevance of Dante Alighieri’s 14th-century epic as part of a shared intellectual heritage. Including original commissions and renowned works of art by approximately 40 of the most dynamic contemporary artists from 19 African nations and the diaspora, this visually stunning exhibition is the first to take advantage of the African Art Museum’s pavilion and stairwells, as well as the galleries on the first and third floors. The Divine Comedy explores themes of paradise, purgatory and hell with video, photography, printmaking, painting, sculpture, fiber arts and mixed–media installation while probing diverse issues of politics, heritage, history, identity, faith and the continued power of art to express the unspoken and intangible. African Art Museum, Washington, D.C. through August 2.

Die Boote des Pharao und andere Bilder: Scheich Ramadan Abu Suelem. From the collections of Ursula Schernig come the colored sketches of Bedouin shaykh Abu Ramadan Suelem (1924-1998). Schernig worked for many years at a gallery in Cairo, where she helped expand the local art scene during the 1980s and ’90s. During that time, she met the self-taught shaykh Abu Ramadan Suelem, a leader of the Suelem clan, whose members survived by selling their orchid harvests and training their horses for horse dancing. His color drawings show great patience and meticulousness, bringing alive the Qur’an and the treasury of stories of Bedouin everyday life during Suelem’s lifetime. Kunst galerie Fürth, Germany through August 9.

School of Islamic Geometric Design—London Workshop. Eric Broug teaches how craftsmen in the Islamic world have been creating beautiful and complex geometric compositions, demonstrating techniques and design rules that have been used for centuries. Using dozens of photos and illustrations of Islamic art and architecture, Broug enables participants to develop a profound understanding of how patterns have been made and utilized. School of Islamic Geometric Design, London through August 15.

Beyond Bollywood: Indian Americans Shape the Nation. Beyond Bollywood: Indian Americans Shape the Nation elaborates on the history and contemporary experiences of Indian Americans as they have grown to be one of the more diverse and well-recognized communities in the us. Photographs, artifacts, videos and interactives trace arrival and labor participation in the early 1900s; achievements within various economic industries; and many contributions in building the nation. The exhibition also reveals how they have kept and shared their culture and organized to meet the needs of the under-served. Asian Pacific American Center, Washington, D.C. through August 16.

September

Pearls on a String: Art and Biography in the Islamic World (Doha). Pearls on a String: Art and Biography in the Islamic World presents the arts of Islamic cultures from the point of view of authors and artists from historical Muslim societies, offering an alternative to impersonal presentations of Islamic art. Instead, the exhibition focuses on specific people and relationships among cultural tastemakers threaded together “as pearls on a string,” a Persian metaphor for human connectedness—especially among painters, calligraphers, poets and their patrons. The exhibition highlights the exceptional art of the Islamic manuscript and underscores the book’s unique ability to relate narratives about specific people. Through a series of vignettes, the visitor is introduced to the art inextricably linked to the men and women who shaped the Islamic past and contribute to its future. Museum of Islamic Art, Doha, Qatar September 1.

First Look: Collecting Contemporary at The Asian. First Look: Collecting Contemporary at The Asian is an exhibition of contemporary highlights from the museum’s collection, including painting, drawing, photography, baskets, ceramics and video—infusing traditional themes, media and cultural history with the urgency of present-day ideas. It features artists from Asia and the us. Yako Hodo abstracts the traditional art of basket weaving, while Yang Yongliang’s “The Night of Perpetual Day” and Xu Bing’s “The Character of Characters” push Chinese ink painting into new media. Their stunning videos appear beside early innovators of Chinese ink, connecting fresh ideas to their formal roots. The exhibit also features Bay Area favorites like Hung Liu and Zheng Chongbin and several exciting debuts, including Ahmed Mater’s “Illumination Waqf” (2013)—a diptych print in the form of an Islamic manuscript with decorated borders. Asian Art Museum, San Francisco September 4 through October 11.

ReOrient Festival 2015. ReOrient Festival 2015 turns San Francisco into a hub for innovative, spirited and thought-provoking theater from and about the Middle East. With short plays by playwrights from Iraq, Iran, Egypt, England and the us, this ReOrient promises to be a one-of-a-kind exploration of this region and its theater, stories and artists. Z Below, San Francisco September 10 through October 4.

Chief S.O. Alonge: Photographer to the Royal Court of Benin, Nigeria. Chief S.O. Alonge: Photographer to the Royal Court of Benin, Nigeria showcases the photographs of Chief Solomon Osagie Alonge (1911-1994), one of Nigeria’s premier photographers and the first official photographer to the Royal Courts of Benin. Alonge’s historic photographs document the rituals, pageantry and regalia of the court for more than a half century and provide rare insight into the early history and practice of studio photography in West Africa. [Note: closing date is in 2015.] National Museum of African Art, Washington, D.C. through September 13.

One God – Abraham’s Descendants on the Nile: Jews, Christians and Muslims in Egypt from the Ancient World to the Middle Ages. The longest tradition of coexistence between peoples of the Jewish, Christian and Islamic faiths is in Egypt. Seen for the first time from this unifying angle, the exhibition takes a closer look at the many facets of religious life and the day-to-day coexistence of the three faith communities in the country from the time of the Romans all the way up to the end of the reign of the Fatimids in the 12th century. The exhibition starts in the city of Alexandria—the political, cultural and theological capital founded in 331 bce by Alexander the Great. The Egyptian Christians emerged and splintered from the Alexandrian Jewish community, with Christianity eventually becoming the dominant state religion until the arrival of the Arabs in 641. In the following centuries, Muslim rulers developed their own cultural and artistic identity, formed from the long-standing Greco-Roman tradition. Bode-Museum, Berlin through September 13.

A Cosmopolitan City: Muslims, Christians, and Jews in Old Cairo. A Cosmopolitan City: Muslims, Christians, and Jews in Old Cairo explores how Old Cairo’s communities lived together and melded their traditions to create an ever-growing, multicultural society during the seventh to 12th centuries.  Although the city was governed by Muslim Arabs, its neighborhoods were populated by people from a patchwork of religious and ethnic communities, including native Egyptians and many immigrants. The exhibit puts a special focus on the three main religious communities —Muslims, Christians and Jews—whose members helped shape Old Cairo’s neighborhoods, markets and public places. Each of Old Cairo’s communities is brought to life through the 75 objects, many of which have never before been on display,  including richly illuminated Qur‘ans, Coptic and Hebrew manuscripts, ceramics, textiles, jewelry and architectural fragments. Other objects, such as game pieces and dolls, vividly remind the visitor of life in the city more than 1,000 years ago. Many of the artifacts in the exhibit were excavated at Fustat by the American archeologist George Scanlon between 1964 and 1972. The exhibit also includes several important works on loan from the Walters Art Museum in Baltimore, including an 11th-century carved door from the cabinet that held the Torah in the Ben Ezra Synagogue in Cairo, and a lusterware bowl decorated with a scene of a bird. The Oriental Institute, University of Chicago through September 13.

Chief S. O. Alonge: Photographer to the Royal Court of Benin, Nigeria. Chief S. O. Alonge: Photographer to the Royal Court of Benin, Nigeria showcases the photographs of Chief Solomon Osagie Alonge (1911-1994), one of Nigeria’s premier photographers and the first official photographer to the Royal Courts of Benin. Alonge’s historic photographs document the rituals, pageantry and regalia of the court for more than a half century and provide rare insight into the early history and practice of studio photography in West Africa. National Museum of African Art, Washington, D.C. through September 13.

The Hidden Qualities of Quantities. The Hidden Qualities of Quantities shows three new projects by Dana Awartani, intertwined by explorations of ritual as gestures within which geometric and organic forms sit at the center of a set of performed sequences are acted out on paper and canvas. Awartani works with coding and geometric forms that include pre-Islamic talismanic designs and systems. Athr Gallery, Jiddah through September 15.

Light Show. Light Show explores the experiential and phenomenal aspects of light by bringing together sculptures and installations that use light to shape space in different ways. The exhibition showcases artworks created from the 1960s to the present day, including immersive environments, freestanding light sculptures and projections. From atmospheric installations to intangible sculptures that one may move around—and even through—visitors can experience light in all its spatial and sensory forms. Individual artworks explore aspects of light, such as color, duration, intensity and projection, as well as perceptual phenomena. They also use light to address architecture, science and film using a variety of lighting technologies. Sharjah Art Foundation, UAE through September 19.

Making Place: The Architecture of David Adjaye. With more than 50 projects across the world, Tanzanian-born David Adjaye is rapidly emerging as a major international figure in architecture and design. Rather than advancing a signature architectural style, Adjaye’s structures address local concerns and conditions through both a historical understanding of context and a global understanding of modernism. This mid-career survey—the first devoted to Adjaye—offers an in-depth overview of the architect’s distinct approach and visual language through a dynamic installation design conceived by Adjaye Associates. Capturing a significant moment in Adjaye’s career, this exhibition spans projects from furniture and housing to public buildings and master plans and features drawings, sketches, models and building mockups. In addition, a specially commissioned film featuring interviews with Adjaye’s collaborators, including an international roster of artists, the exhibition curators and other influential figures in the art world, helps bring the projects alive and makes clear the important role that Adjaye plays in contemporary architecture today. The Art Institute of Chicago September 19 through January 3.

Shirin Neshat: Facing History. Shirin Neshat: Facing History presents an array of Neshat’s most compelling works in film and photographs, illuminating the points at which cultural and political events have impacted her art. Included are the “Women of Allah” photographs that catapulted the Iranian artist to international acclaim in the 1990s; lyrical video installations that immerse the viewer in imagery and sound; and two monumental series of photographs, The Book of Kings ( 2012) and Our House Is on Fire (2013), created in the wake of the Green Movement and the Arab Spring. Commenting on freedom and loss, Neshat’s deeply humanistic art is at once personal, political and allegorical. Hirshhorn Museum & Sculpture Garden, Washington, D.C. through September 20.

Time of Others. How does the word “other” divide us? How does the way one person looks at another shape their image of him or her? Inspired by such questions, this exhibition presents works by 20 primarily younger artists from the Asia-Pacific region, including artists Saleh Husein and Basir Mahmood. The National Museum of Art, Osaka through September 23.

October

The Fabric of India. The highlight of the Victoria & Albert’s India Festival, this is the first major exhibition to explore the dynamic and multifaceted world of handmade textiles from India. It includes a spectacular 18th-century tent belonging to Tipu Sultan, a stunning range of historic costume, highly prized textiles made for international trade and cutting-edge fashion by celebrated Indian designers. Showcasing the best of the V&A’s world-renowned collection together with masterpieces from international partners, the exhibition features over 200 objects ranging from the third to the 21st centuries. Objects on display for the first time are shown alongside renowned masterworks and the latest in Indian contemporary design. The skills and variety evident in this incomparably rich tradition will surprise and inform even those with prior knowledge of the subject, and is sure to delight visitors. V&A, London October 3 through January 10.

El Hadji Sy: Painting, Performance, Politics. In 1985, the Weltkulturen Museum in Frankfurt commissioned the artist and curator El Hadji Sy (born 1954 in Dakar, Senegal) to assemble a new group of works of contemporary art from from his homeland, to initiate a long-term relationship between the two cities. Thirty years later, as part of a programmatic investigation into its collection, the museum presents a retrospective of Sy’s career as a painter and cultural activist. The exhibition combines Sy’s installations and paintings—sometimes executed with his bare feet or produced on such unusual surfaces as industrial rice sacking or synthetic kite silk—with his selection of ethnographic objects and artworks by colleagues from Senegal. It includes loans from international private collections in addition to works from the museum’s own collections. As a founder of the collective Laboratoire AGIT’ART, and a curator of numerous artist-led workshops and studio spaces in Dakar, Sy is known for an interdisciplinary practice that continues to break new ground. Weltkulturen Museum, Frankfurt, through October 18. through October 18.

Aatifi—News from Afghanistan: Painting, Works on Paper, and Video. Mysterious shapes and lines—this was how Aatifi first perceived letters as a child. Since then, the artist has worked closely with Islamic calligraphy, engaging with the form and essence of Arabic characters. Aatifi learned the most important styles of the classical art of calligraphy in Kandahar, Afghanistan, the city of his birth. Even as a student of calligraphy, he began to modify the characters. Over the years, he has refined and reduced elements of Islamic calligraphy, developing a unique visual language that is both independent of text and universally understandable. Responding to scriptural traditions, he synthesizes elements of classical style and the rich quality of light and color found in the Middle East with modern art. He selects characters purely for their esthetic and compositional aspects, and then fragments, rotates and layers the lines and shapes to convey power and dynamism, depth and space. Pergamonmuseum, Berlin through October 18.

An Egyptian Puzzle: Restoring the Coffin Lid of But-har-chonsu. More than 120 years after it was discovered in a rock-cut tomb in the Theban necropolis in Upper Egypt, the lid of the outer sarcophagus of the priestess But-har-chonsu from around 1000 bc forms the center of a small exhibition organized by the Near-Eastern and Ancient Egyptian Collection of the Kunsthistorisches Museum. In collaboration with the Institute of Conservation-Restoration at the Academy of Fine Arts in Vienna, the coffin lid was comprehensively restored in 2011-2014. Wrongly reassembled pieces were identified, removed and correctly assembled, and a large number of previously “homeless” fragments were identified and incorporated. The exhibition documents this fascinating procedure and offers insights into the painstaking work of the conservators. Kunsthistorisches Museum, Vienna through October 26.

Occident and Crescent Moon: The Ottoman Orient in Renaissance Art. Occident and Crescent Moon: The Ottoman Orient in Renaissance Art looks at depictions of the Ottomans in Renaissance Art between 1540 and 1600. The exhibit explores permanent collections to discover the many ways in which Renaissance artists responded to subject matter, motifs and stylistic influences from the Ottoman Empire, and the different evaluations of this great power expressed in these artworks. A selection of around 40 paintings, medals, objets d’art and suits of armor reflect relations and exchanges between Central and Eastern Europe and the Islamic Orient, which were marked both by drawn-out wars and the West’s infatuation with all things oriental. Kunsthistorisches Museum, Vienna through October 26.

New Threads Staged Reading Series. Golden Thread’s staged reading series returns, introducing five new plays from and about the Middle East to Bay Area audiences. This year’s lineup includes Middle East America Honorable Mention winners Ismail Khalidi and Daria Polatin, a hit from London by Hassan Abdulrazzak, and a work-in-progress presentation of a new work by Artistic Director Torange Yeghiazarian. The series launches with a sneak peek at the short plays selected for the ReOrient 2015 Festival. Audiences will have an opportunity to ask questions and engage the artists in conversation after each reading. Thick House, San Francisco through October 31.

November

The Invisible Hand. “The Invisible Hand,” a work by the Pulitzer Prize-winning American playwright Ayad Akhtar, will be presented in the 2014-2015 season of the New York Theatre Workshop. The play is about an American stockbroker kidnapped by Islamic militants, and how his perspective on his captors evolves as he negotiates for his release. New York Theatre November 1 through December 31.

Woven Luxuries: Indian, Persian and Turkish Textiles from the Indictor Collection. Used for furnishings—as carpets, spreads, bolsters, hangings, clothing—and exchanged as diplomatic gifts, silk velvets have been preeminent luxury textiles in many parts of the Islamic world and Europe, especially from the 15th century onwards. The 11 textiles in this exhibition, selected from a private New York collection, provide a glimpse into the richness and diversity of Iranian, Indian and Turkish silk velvets. Spanning three distinct cultural areas with their own design sensibilities and tastes, this group of textiles showcases different techniques of velvet production and suggests their varied uses. Of special note are the two complete 17th-century carpets from India and Iran, each measuring nearly 1.83 by 1.22 meters (72 x 48") and retaining not only their design elements but also their vibrant colors. These, along with nine other substantial textile fragments, show the cultural exchange between the Mughal, Safavid and Ottoman empires—and their shifting political, religious and economic ties. Asian Art Museum. San Francisco through November 1.

Ten: The Exhibition . Ten: The Exhibition is the Arab American National Museum’s celebration of its 10th anniversary, in which it presents the work of 10 exemplary Arab American artists. Their diverse range of works explores concepts of representation, identity and migration. Many of these challenges are universal among immigrants, but contain aspects unique to the Arab American community. The exhibition is guest curated by art historian, writer and gallery art director Maymanah Farhat. Arab American National Museum, Dearborn, MI through November 4.

Pearls on a String: Art and Biography in the Islamic World. Pearls on a String: Art and Biography in the Islamic World presents the arts of Islamic cultures from the point of view of authors and artists from historical Muslim societies, offering an alternative to impersonal presentations of Islamic art. Instead, the exhibition focuses on specific people and relationships among cultural tastemakers threaded together “as pearls on a string,” a Persian metaphor for human connectedness—especially among painters, calligraphers, poets and their patrons. The exhibition highlights the exceptional art of the Islamic manuscript and underscores the book’s unique ability to relate narratives about specific people. Through a series of vignettes, the visitor is introduced to the art inextricably linked to the men and women who shaped the Islamic past and contribute to its future. Walters Art Museum, Baltimore November 8 through January 31.

Hrozný and Hittite: The First Hundred Years. Hrozný and Hittite: The First Hundred Years is a conference honoring the centennial of Bedich Hrozný’s epochal identification of Hittite as an Indo-European language. It brings together specialists in cuneiform philology, Anatolian and Indo-European comparative linguistics, as well as Ancient Near Eastern history, archeology and religion to survey the latest scholarship in the field and evaluate the prospects for Hittitology in its second century. Charles University, Prague November 12 through November 14.

Egypt’s Emergence into History. Egypt’s Emergence into History takes a close look at the history of cultural creation in early Egypt. The display traces the rise of emerging cultures from the dawn of history up to 2700 bce, illustrated in some 240 artifacts. Over the course of 500,000 years, a slow seismic shift took place in the culture of the Nile Valley: The culture transitioned from nomadic to sedentary in a process that culminated around 3100 bce with the formation of one of the world’s first centralized states. The exhibition focuses on the artisanal and technological developments in early Egypt, including the mastery of a wide range of different materials such as stone, bone, ivory, clay and metal. It also illustrates the emergence of a distinctive art style and a logoconsonantal script (based on a combination of pictographic signs and phonetic elements) that had a profound impact on the cultural development of the subsequent period of the Old Kingdom. Neues Museum, Berlin through November 16.

Bejeweled Treasures: The Al Thani Collection. . Spectacular objects, drawn from a single private collection, explore the broad themes of tradition and modernity in Indian jewelry. Highlights include Mughal jades, a rare jeweled-gold finial from the throne of Tipu Sultan and pieces that reveal the dramatic changes that took place in Indian jewelry design during the early 20th century. The exhibition examines the influence that India had on avant-garde European jewelry made by Cartier and other leading houses, and concludes with contemporary pieces made by JAR and Bhagat, which are inspired by a creative fusion of Mughal motifs and Art Deco “Indian”designs. Part of the V&A’s India Festival. London November 21 through March 28.

December

The Royal Hunt: Courtly Pursuits in Indian Art. Expressions of imperial authority are universally embodied in royal imagery of the hunt, rulers pursuing prey as metaphors for power and martial prowess. This theme is celebrated throughout the history of Indian painting and became ubiquitous in later Rajput painting of the late 19th century. This exhibition features works from the Department of Asian Art, with loans from the Department of Islamic Art, the Department of Arms and Armor, and New York collections. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York through December 13.

In The City. In the City, an absorbing graphic-design and sound-art exhibition, provides a rare glimpse into four Arab Cities. The show, a first of its kind in London, showcases a series of commissioned and preexisting works from an eclectic lineup of established and emerging Arab designers, illustrators, video and sound artists. It transports the audience through four enigmatic, but often overlooked Arab cities—Alexandria, Algiers, Baghdad and Nablus—by recapturing and re-imagining elements of those cities. The collection explores each city’s panorama through its streets, landmarks, people, signage and sounds through individual rooms that contain elements borrowed from the city it represents, forming a variety of installations that invite interaction between the audience and the work. P21 Gallery, London through December 15.

Cleopatra and the Queens of Egypt. Cleopatra and the Queens of Egypt takes the queens of ancient Egypt, the most famous of whom is Cleopatra, as its theme. These queens not only supported reigning pharaohs as mothers, wives and daughters, but also played significant roles in politics and religion. Their magnificence is conveyed though masterpieces of ancient Egypt from a number of renowned museums around the world. Tokyo National Museum, through September 23; The National Museum of Art, Osaka, October 10 through December 27. The National Museum of Art, Osaka through December 27.

Divine Felines: Cats of Ancient Egypt. Presents 30 artworks selected from the museum’s extensive Egyptian collection: feral and tame cats, stone or bronze cats, small or large cats, domestic or divine cats. The exhibition explores the role of cats, lions and other felines in Egyptian mythology, kingship and everyday life, where they were revered for their fertility, associated with royalty and valued for their ability to protect homes and granaries from rats and mice. On public view for the first time is a gilded leonine goddess dating from between 770 and 412 BCE that entered the Brooklyn collection in 1937. Brooklyn Museum, New York through December 31.

January

Arts of the Islamic World. The arts of the Islamic world flourished in a vast area extending from Morocco and Spain to the islands of Southeast Asia. Although distinct in their cultural, artistic, ethnic and linguistic identities, the peoples of this region have shared one predominant faith: Islam. The works on display represent the three principal media for artistic expression in the Muslim world: architecture (religious and secular), the arts of the book (calligraphy, illustration, illumination and bookbinding) and the arts of the object (ceramics, metalwork, glass, woodwork, textiles and ivory). The works date from the ninth to the 17th centuries. On view are brass bowls and candlesticks, folios from the Qur’an, earthenware and ceramics, and paintings representing the traditions of Iran, Iraq, Syria, Egypt and other parts of North Africa, Turkey, Afghanistan and Uzbekistan. Freer Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C. through January 3.

Images of Women in 19th-Century Iran. Images of Women in 19th-Century Iran demonstrates the centrality of women in the artistic expression of 19th-century Iran and how it continues to inspire contemporary artists. The most popular representations of the Qajar era have been of male sovereigns, whose life-size portraits exaggerate masculinity to depict power. Yet this era also saw a period of artistic modernization in Iran, particularly in paintings and photography, in which depictions of women became essential elements of the scenes. Showcasing women at the court, and in private, alongside images of female musicians and aristocratic women, this exhibition explores rarely told narratives of the Qajar artistic tradition. Museum of Islamic Arts, Doha, Qatar through January 30.

March

Abdelkader Benchamma: Representation of Dark Matter. Abdelkader Benchamma: Representation of Dark Matter. Abdelkader Benchamma creates an astrological vortex in his strikingly graphic, site-specific drawing, rendered in intensely black lines against a wall’s white surface. The work depicts the solar system’s complexity and its nearly imperceptible dark matter. The physically expansive image resembles scientific illustrations of the Big Bang and alludes to explosive cosmic forces. The installation gives form to that which is infinitely large and perpetually transforming. The Drawing Center, New York through March 1.

Egyptian Magic. Egyptian Magic is a fascinating journey into the world of magic in ancient Egypt. Learn how, in a secret world where the gods and the dead are intrinsically linked to mankind, magic can influence destinies. The exhibition presents pieces from the largest collections in the world. Produced in close collaboration with Stichtin Rijksmuseum van Oudheden, with the contribution of the Louvre Museum. Musée de la civilisation, Quebec City through March 3.

November

Egypt’s Sunken Secrets. Egypt’s Sunken Secrets displays 293 artifacts from different Egyptian museums: 18 from the Egyptian Museum in Tahrir Square, 22 from the Graeco-Roman Museum, 31 from the Alexandria National Museum, 15 from the Bibliotheca Alexandrina Museum and 207 from the Sunken Monuments Department. Institut du Monde Arabe, Paris, September 7 through January; Martin-Gropius-Bau exhibition hall, Berlin, April 15 through August 2016; London, November 15, 2016, through March 2017. London November 15 through March 15.

December

CULTURUNNERS. On the occasion of the UN’s International Day of Peace on September 21, the Rothko Chapel, in partnership with Art Jameel, hosts the launch of Edge of Arabia’s multi-year us tour of this independent artists’ expedition. In the spirit of the chapel’s mission to inspire people to action through art and contemplation and to provide a forum for global concerns, the event enables pioneering artists, scholars and community groups to cultivate new perspectives on cultural collaborations beyond identities defined by culture, religion, nation, citizenship, economic status, profession, gender or age. Rothko Chapel, Houston through December 31.

May

Gold and the Gods: Jewels of Ancient Nubia . Gold and the Gods: Jewels of Ancient Nubia draws on the world-class collection of jewelry from ancient Nubia (located in what is now Sudan) accumulated by the Museum of Fine Arts (MFA), which constitute the most comprehensive collection outside Khartoum. “Gold and the Gods” focuses on excavated ornaments from an early 20th-century expedition by MFA with Harvard University, dating from 1700 BCE to 300 CE, including both uniquely Nubian and foreign imports, prized for their materials, craftsmanship, symbolism and rarity. MFA, Boston through May 14.