Friday, October 28, 2011

The Week in Links (Art of the Arab Lands, Turkey, Iran, Central Asia and Later South Asia edition)

Two reviews of the new galleries at the Met that opened this week:

A New Vision for Islam in Hostile Times

A Cosmopolitan Trove of Exotic Beauty

Photos of the installation, including the re-installation of a muqarnas ceiling:

Behind the Scenes: Building of the Moroccan Court

Historically, it has been a huge challenge to display non-Western art in ways that befit an art museum rather than an anthropological or natural history museum. I particularly like that in this interactive feature the Times juxtaposes Islamicate art with Western European art. It forces the reader away from the very pervasive idea that Western art is Art and Islamicate art is simply craft:

At the Metropolitan Museum, a New Wing, a New Vista

And from across the pond:

New York's Met Museum Showcases a World of Islamic Treasures

I'm hoping to go myself two weeks from now, so my own impressions will follow then. Yes, I am just about falling over in excitement.

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