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...
The Far Shore: Navigating Homelands
Helen Zughaib
"Syrian Migration #9," by Helen Zughaib, 2019, gouache.

The Far Shore: Navigating Homelands

  • through April 7, 2019
  • Arab American National Museum, Dearborn, MI
This exhibit features five Arab American visual artists with new work...
The Human Experience 2019: Connecting Worlds

The Human Experience 2019: Connecting Worlds

  • through April 24, 2019
  • City of Keller Town Hall, Texas
Presented by the Islamic Revival Series (IARS) and the Keller Public...
Hikāyāt (stories) حکايات

Hikāyāt (stories) حکايات

  • April 13, 2019 through May 11, 2019
  • Jaracanda Images, Amman
This exhibition combines handcrafted photogravure prints by Spain...

Beyond Compare: Art from Africa in the Bode-Museum

  • through June 2, 2019
  • Bode-Museum, Berlin
The exhibition introduces superlative works of art from Africa from the Museum of Ethnology into the peerless sculpture collection of the Bode-Museum. Pairs of sculptures from both continents are...

Sharjah Biennial 14: Leaving the Echo Chamber

  • through June 10, 2019
  • Various locations, Sharjah, UAE
Sharjah Biennial 14 showcases three exhibitions that explore the possibilities and purpose of producing art when news is fed by a monopoly of sources, history is increasingly fictionalized, when...

Ornamental Traditions: Jewelry from Bukhara

  • through June 30, 2019
  • The Art Institute of Chicago
Located in present-day Uzbekistan, the Emirate of Bukhara (1785–1920) was an important center of Islamic religion and scholarship and a major oasis on the famous Silk Road that traversed...

Seminar for Arabian Studies

  • July 11, 2019 through July 13, 2019
  • University of Leiden, the Netherlands
This is the only annual international forum for the presentation of the latest academic research on the Arabian Peninsula. The subjects covered include archeology, history, epigraphy, languages...

Caravans of Gold, Fragments in Time: Art, Culture, and Exchange across Medieval Saharan Africa

  • through July 21, 2019
  • Northwestern University Block Museum of Art, Evanston, Illinois
This exhibit challenges the colonial stereotype of "timeless Africa," a continent cut off from the dynamics of history. This is the first major exhibition to take stock of...

Power of Pattern: Central Asian Ikats from the David and Elizabeth Reisbord Collection

  • February 3, 2019 through July 28, 2019
  • Los Angeles County Museum of Art
The exhibition showcases more than 60 examples of visually dynamic Central Asian ikat robes and wall hangings. Organized by motif, Power of Pattern examines how the region's textile designers...

Muna Al Khajah: Harmony: Aesthetics of Ornamentation in Emirati Heritage

  • through August 14, 2019
  • Sharjah Heritage Museum
The works in this exhibit by Emirati artist Muna Al Khajah are inspired by ornamentation found in Emirati heritage. It features decorative units of geometric and floral ornamentation...

Queens of Egypt

  • through September 2, 2019
  • National Geographic Museum
This multisensory exhibition brings visitors back in time some 3,500 years, to the 18th and 19th dynasties of ancient Egypt. Get to know such legendary queens as Nefertari, Nefertiti, Hatshepsut...

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...
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