Beauty and Belief: Crossing Bridges with the Arts of Islamic Culture Exhibition Preview

Bowl with Animals, Iran (Kashan), 13th century, Indianapolis Museum of Art, Emma Harter Sweetser Fund.

6 pm - Curator Conversation
Join Dr. Charles L. Venable, the new Melvin & Bren Simon Director and CEO, for welcome remarks followed by a conversation with organizing curator, Dr. Sabiha Al Khemir. Learn more about an Islamic way of thinking about culture, visual expression, and the world.

6:30 pm - Reception and Exhibition Preview
Enjoy hors d’oeuvres, a cash bar, and live music by the Silk Road Ensemble.

About the Exhibition

Beauty & Belief: Crossing Bridges with the Arts of Islamic Culture features more than 250 objects – including calligraphy, ceramics, paintings, woodcarvings, and textiles – that not only address what defines Islamic art, but also offer an overview of Islamic culture throughout history.

Beauty and Belief: Crossing Bridges with the Arts of Islamic Cultures is organized by the Brigham Young University Museum of Art and is supported by a major grant from The Institute of Museum and Library Services, and grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities and the National Endowment for the Arts. Additional foundations and private donors who have generously contributed to Beauty and Belief include: Jack and Mary Lois Wheatley and the Wheatley family, King and Diane Husein, Don Bailey and Leslie Stanford, the R. Harold Burton Foundation, the George S. and Dolores Doré Eccles Foundation, Stephen A. and Martha Alice Sears West, the Laycock Center for Creative Collaboration in the Arts, the College of Fine Arts and Communications at Brigham Young University, the Semnani Family Foundation, the Lawrence T. and Janet T. Dee Foundation, the Utah Office of Museum Services, and Dr. Omar M. and Dr. Nancy S. Kader.

Support for public programming at the IMA provided by the Doris Duke Foundation for Islamic Art.

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