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...
Helen Zughaib: Migrations
Helen Zughaib
"Syrian Migration #5," by Helen Zughaib.

Helen Zughaib: Migrations

  • May 23, 2019 through July 28, 2019
  • The President Woodrow Wilson House, Washington D.C.
2019 marks the 100th anniversary of the Paris Peace Conference that ...

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...

Faig Ahmed

  • through July 13, 2019
  • Shangri La Museum of Islamic Art, Culture & Design, Honolulu
Faig Ahmed is an internationally recognized artist from Baku, Azerbaijan, known for his conceptual works utilizing traditional craft reimagined as contemporary sculptural artworks. He explores new...

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...

Helen Zughaib: Migrations

  • May 23, 2019 through July 28, 2019
  • The President Woodrow Wilson House, Washington D.C.
2019 marks the 100th anniversary of the Paris Peace Conference that ended World War I and created today's borders in the Middle East that have affected geopolitics ever since. To mark...

Hayv Kahraman: Superfluous Bodies

  • through August 4, 2019
  • Honolulu Museum of Art
Los Angeles-based artist Hayv Kahraman, born in 1981 in Baghdad, Iraq, explores identity, memory, gender and exile across paintings and sculptures that present and re-present the "...

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...

Cinderella, Sindbad & Sinuhe: Arabic-German Storytelling Traditions

  • through August 18, 2019
  • Neues Museum, Berlin
This exhibition looks into the mutual influences and shared ideas of Arabic and German storytelling traditions. It presents the first written traditions of stories and fairy tales, the earliest...
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