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...
When Home Won't Let you Stay: Migration through Contemporary Art
Photo by Mel Taing / Reena Saini Kallat
"Woven Chronicle" by Reena Saini Kallat, 2011–2019, installation view.

When Home Won't Let you Stay: Migration through Contemporary Art

  • through January 26, 2020
  • Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston
This exhibition considers how contemporary artists are responding to the...
Queen Nefertari: Eternal Egypt
The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art

Queen Nefertari: Eternal Egypt

  • through March 29, 2020
  • The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Kansas City, Missouri
She was known as "The One for Whom the Sun Shines"--Queen...
Tutankhamun: Treasures of the Golden Pharaoh

Tutankhamun: Treasures of the Golden Pharaoh

  • through May 3, 2020
  • Saatchi Gallery, London
This exhibition commemorates the 100th anniversary of the discovery of...
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...
Sahel: Art and Empires on the Shores of the Sahara
The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Equestrian, 19th–20th century. Bamana peoples. Mali, Ouassabo, Bougouni District. Wood, iron, 130 centimeters.

Sahel: Art and Empires on the Shores of the Sahara

  • January 30, 2020 through May 10, 2020
  • The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York
This exhibition is the first of its kind to trace the legacy 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...


  • 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...

Fayum Mummy Portraits

  • through November 24, 2019
  • Royal Ontario Museum
Charles T. Currelly, one of the founders of the Royal Ontario Museum, obtained two Fayum mummy portraits from Sotheby's in 1912. Romano-Egyptian Fayum portraits, which originally covered the...

Wandering Spirit: African Wax Prints

  • October 22, 2019 through November 30, 2019
  • Stauth Memorial Museum, Montezuma, Kansas
The success of wax prints derived from a traditional technique of wax-resist dying, in which a patter is made on both sides of cotton fabric with warm liquid wax applied by a tjanting, a small...

What Remains

  • through January 5, 2020
  • Imperial War Museums, London
From the Nazi theft of art and the bombing of Coventry Cathedral to the destruction by ISIS of objects from Mosul Museum in Iraq, war devastates lives, kills people and destroys the cultural...

Halima Cassell: Eclectica-Global Inspirations

  • through January 5, 2020
  • Manchester Art Gallery
Inspired by geometry, natural forms and travel, Kashmir-born artist Halima Cassell, who grew up in the west of England, creates deeply carved forms in unglazed ceramic, bronze, stone, wood and...

Longing for Mecca

  • through January 12, 2020
  • Tropenmuseum, Amsterdam
This exhibition offers a unique insight into the Hajj, Islam's most important pilgrimage. Millions of people travel to Makkah each year, including thousands of Dutch. It is one of the world'...

Stories of West Africa: Hollis Chatelain

  • October 20, 2019 through January 12, 2020
  • San Jose Museum of Quilts and Textiles, San Jose, California
Hollis Chatelain creates art quilts based on her photographs when she lived in the West African countries of Togo, Burkina Faso, Mali and Benin. From her photographs, Hollis drew the original...
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