We’re thrilled that the Museum’s new galleries of Islamic art are opening in just a few short weeks! They will be open beginning Sunday, 2/28 and will feature works of art spanning the 7th-early 20th centuries from the Mediterranean region, the Middle East, Central Asia and India. Here is a sneak peek of some specific objects that will be on view (from the DIA’s website): “an exceptional Timurid Qur’an, a splendid enameled bottle made in Syria in the Mamluk period, the largest surviving 17th-century Ottoman velvet summer carpet in the world, and an exquisite, all-silk animal carpet probably made for the Safavid ruler, Shah Tahmasp (r. 1524-76), an impressive early Iznik blue and white charger from Ottoman Turkey, a Qur’an taken by the Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan from the library of the Uzbek ruler Nadhr Muhammad Khan in 1646, an unusual Mughal painting of mystics seated by a lake, and a small, personal Qur’an, copied by the Ottoman royal calligrapher Mehmed Rasim in 1730, which once belonged to Princess Nazimah Sultan.” To read the museum’s complete press release, click here.
In conjunction with the opening of these new galleries, we’re offering a (free!) Drop-In art-making workshop called “Patterns, Symbols and Designs” on Fridays in February from 6-9 in the Art Studio. Participants will have the opportunity to create their own textile design by printing or drawing on silk using stamps and fabric markers. We hope to see you there!