New Middle East Galleries
Penn Museum
Slipper coffin, Nippur, Iraq.

New Middle East Galleries

  • Penn Museum, Philadelphia
The 4,500-year-old crown jewels of a queen. One of the world's...
Inspired by the East: How the Islamic World Influenced Western Art
Islamic Arts Museum Malaysia
School of Paolo Veronese (1528–1588), "A Portrait of Sultan Bayezid I," oil on canvas, circa 1580.

Inspired by the East: How the Islamic World Influenced Western Art

  • October 10, 2019 through January 26, 2020
  • The British Museum, London
This exhibit looks at how, from the 1500s to the present day, ...
Shahidul Alam: Truth to Power
Courtesy of Drik
"Smitri Azad, Dhaka," 1994, by Shahidul Alam, photograph.

Shahidul Alam: Truth to Power

  • November 8, 2019 through May 4, 2020
  • The Rubin Museum of Art, New York
This exhibition presents the first comprehensive US museum survey of the...
Red Sea International Film Festival 2020
Red Sea International Film Festival

Red Sea International Film Festival 2020

  • March 12, 2020 through March 21, 2020
  • Jiddah Old Town, Saudi Arabia
This inaugural edition, held in Jiddah, Saudi Arabia, brings together...

Striking Iron: The Art of African Blacksmiths

  • through October 20, 2019
  • National Museum of African Art, Washington, D. C.
For more than two millennia, ironworking has shaped African cultures in the most fundamental ways. This exhibit reveals the history of invention and technical sophistication that led African...

India's Subterranean Stepwells: Photographs by Victoria Lautman

  • through October 20, 2019
  • Fowler Museum at UCLA, Los Angeles
This exhibition of 48 photographs of monumental water storage systems in India called stepwells— also called, in various parts of the country, baolis, vavs and kunds—reveals...

Art and Peoples of the Kharga Oasis

  • October 11, 2019 through October 21, 2019
  • The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York
In 1908 The Metropolitan Museum of Art began to excavate late-antique sites in the Kharga Oasis, located in Egypt's Western Desert. The Museum's archeologists uncovered two-story houses...

Sarah Almehairi: Between

  • September 30, 2019 through November 3, 2019
  • Carbon 12 Gallery, Abu Dhabi
Grids. Identity. Systems. Stories. These are the centers of gravity in the debut solo show of Abu Dhabi-born Almehairi. Her work is not just about what it means to be carving out an identity in a...

REORIENT 2019 Festival of Short Plays

  • October 18, 2019 through November 17, 2019
  • Potrero Stage, San Francisco
ReOrient 2019 celebrates the 20th anniversary of this innovative and spirited festival of short plays from or about the Middle East. The line-up includes playwrights with longtime associations with...

Subverting Beauty: African Anti-Aesthetics

  • through November 17, 2019
  • The Baltimore Museum of Art
Beauty stops us in our tracks. It makes us pause, look, consider. Sometimes it overwhelms us. We are often told art should aspire to this standard and be proportionate, symmetrical, naturalistic...


  • September 14, 2019 through November 23, 2019
  • Middle East Institute Art Gallery, Washington D. C.
This inaugural exhibition, curated by London-based writer Rose Issa, coincides with the launch of the newly renovated headquarters of Middle East Institute Art Gallery. The exhibition explores...

Helen Zughaib: Stories My Father Told Me

  • August 19, 2019 through November 24, 2019
  • Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art, Colorado
Helen Zughaib was born in Lebanon and grew up in the Middle East and Europe before coming to the US to study art at Syracuse University. After 9/11 Zughaib persuaded her Syrian Lebanese father to...

The 58th International Art Exhibition: May You Live In Interesting Times

  • through November 24, 2019
  • La Biennale Di Venezia in the Arsenale
The title of this year's art exhibition at La Biennale Di Venezia is a phrase of English invention that has long been mistakenly cited as an ancient Chinese curse that invokes periods of...
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