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IARS Opening Reception featuring Linda Komaroff

October 7, 2017 @ 7:00 pm

| Free

Presented by the Islamic Art Revival Series in conjunction with the 6th Annual Juried Exhibition of Contemporary Islamic Art, an opening reception will feature a talk by exhibition juror, Linda Komaroff, Curator of Islamic Art and Department Head (Art of the Middle East) at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA).

A note about Islamic Art from Linda Komaroff

“Islamic Art belongs to many disparate lands, with different cultures and diverse languages,” according to Juror Linda Komaroff, who has become quite accustomed to expounding on the designation “Islamic Art,” which in her words is “not quite as straightforward or comprehensible as that of other collecting areas.”

Islam fostered the development of a unique social umbrella beneath which many cultural traditions, often practiced or sponsored by members of other religions, were able to develop and thrive; among these, most significantly from my own perspective, is the very special art form that bears the designation Islamic art. The term “Islamic art” is closer in meaning to what we think of when we talk about Roman art—much of which was not actually made in Rome nor even in Italy. It reflects the Roman Empire, which stretched from England to North Africa and Western Asia. Roman civilization similarly is an umbrella-like term for diverse peoples speaking different languages, united by a common written language in Latin.  In the Islamic world, there is a common liturgical language in Arabic and a shared Arabic alphabet. It is not that Islamic art has nothing to do with faith, but Islam created a civilization, and it is that civilization to which the art is tied.

-Linda Komaroff


October 7, 2017
7:00 pm
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