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Islamic Arts Magazine | Arabic Version

17/06/2011
DAHESH MUSEUM OF ART & SYRACUSE UNIVERSITY OPEN FIRST EXHIBITION IN UAE IN DUBAI ON JUNE 18
Exhibition Explores Rediscovery of Islamic Ornament and Design By 19th-Century European Scholars and Artists
The Ghooreeyeh from Hays view of Cairo, 1995.73, Lithograph, 14 5/8 x 21 3/8 in.Rudolph Ernst, The Letter, 1888, Oil on Panel, 24 3/4 x 21 in.Portrait of Prisse in Oriental Attire
New York, New York — Amira Zahid and the Trustees of the Dahesh Museum of Art, and Nancy Cantor, Chancellor of Syracuse University, today announced the expansion of their arts partnership to include a month-long exhibition, Reconnecting East and West: Islamic Ornament in 19th-Century Works from the Dahesh Museum of Art and Syracuse University. It opens to the public at the Dubai Community Theatre and Arts Centre (DUCTAC), Mall of the Emirates, on June 18 and remains on view until July 18, 2011. The exhibition celebrates the 19th-century rediscovery of authentic Islamic ornament and design by Western scholars and artists.

Reconnecting East and West is the Dahesh Museum of Art’s latest exhibition in partnership with Syracuse University Art Galleries and the first to be presented in the United Arab Emirates. Curated by Ms. Alia Nour, Dahesh Museum of Art Associate Curator, with Dr. J. David Farmer, Director of Exhibitions, and designed by Andrew J. Saluti, Assistant Director, SU Art Galleries, Reconnecting East and West is a model of successful institutional collaboration.

Exhibition Synopsis

Using English and Arabic text panels, Reconnecting East and West traces the remarkably rich documentation of Islamic ornament and design by European scholars, artists, and architects who traveled to the Middle East in the 19th century. The 45 works on view reveal the diversity of Islamic ornamental vocabulary and its application to a wide variety of buildings, books, textiles, and objects. Featured in the exhibition are a selection of spectacular color lithographs from Émile Prisse d’Avenne’s magisterial Islamic Art in Cairo, along with three original volumes that make up this compendium; individual plates from Owen Jones’s influential Grammar of Ornament and Alhambra are also shown alongside the original publications. In addition, there are paintings by Orientalist artists Rudolf Ernst and Ludwig Deutsch on video, and prints after Jean-Léon Gérôme that reflect the ubiquity of these motifs in Orientalist art.

While these texts and images became a primary source of information for Western painters, architects, and decorators, they became—and remain—valuable records of many Islamic monuments and their decoration, some of which have disappeared over time. Reconnecting East and West closes with contemporary photographs of Dubai, a modern Islamic city, juxtaposed with the earlier, historical material to illustrate the continuity of traditional Islamic ornament in today’s ultra-modern cityscape.

To stimulate further conversations about the intersection of history, art, and the complex relationship between cultures over time, Reconnecting East and West is accompanied by a full-color booklet, in English and Arabic, with text and images from the exhibition, along with a list of suggested readings and a glossary of terms.

The Arts Partnership

The Dahesh Museum of Art and Syracuse University formed a cultural partnership in 2008 to present art exhibitions drawn from the Museum’s collection in New York City at SU’s Palitz Gallery/Lubin House, as well as on the Syracuse campus in central New York. As arts partners with a similar educational mission, each is committed to share resources, develop new audiences, and deepen global conversations about art.

The expansion of their arts partnership to the Gulf has been a natural evolution for the Museum and University. Each partner has professional, institutional, scholarly, and personal ties to the region; each is well known and respected for its commitment to contributing to the important East/West dialogue.

According to Ms. Amira Zahid, one of the Dahesh Museum's founding Trustees, “The Dahesh Museum of Art is proud to share its collection with audiences in Dubai for many reasons. First, and foremost, we have expertise in the field through the scholarly exhibitions we have produced over the years. Second, Dr. Dahesh, who assembled the original collection, was a resident of Beirut and understood the value of collecting 19th-century Orientalist art for future generations in the East as well as the West.

“On a more personal level, I have deep roots in the region. I am of Saudi origin, with Turkish ancestry, was born in Egypt, lived for many years in Lebanon and then moved to the United States, escaping that civil war to attend college. My family, friends, and colleagues commute, literally and figuratively, between East and West. In bringing our work to Dubai, I am convinced that audiences—young and old—will treasure these visual records and the impact they have had worldwide.”
For SU Chancellor and President Nancy Cantor, this exhibition reflects broadening scholarly interest across the University in the Middle East and Arab Gulf. "Our reciprocal partnership with the Dahesh Museum—and this exhibit, in particular—facilitates our faculty’s and students’ intensifying engagement with this region and its diverse cultures. SU’s growing and deepening presence here is sparking creativity and innovation from the arts and humanities, to the social sciences and journalism, to the sciences and engineering. None of this would be possible without our many prominent alumni in the region, who are tremendously supportive of our cross-cultural collaborations and are using their expertise and resources to create vital learning opportunities for our students.”

The exhibition’s opening coincides with the launch of Syracuse University’s expanded educational and cultural initiatives in the Gulf region. On June 17, 2011, SU opens an office in Dubai and announces new internship opportunities provided by SU Alumni in the region. To celebrate these events, representatives of the Dahesh Museum of Art will be traveling to Dubai, where Chancellor Nancy Cantor and Trustees of Syracuse University will join them. Together they will host a special reception on June 17, at which His Excellency Mohammed Al Murr, Deputy Chairman of the Dubai Culture and Arts Authority, and a 1978 SU alumnus of the College of Arts and Sciences, is both a lender to the exhibition and will be an honored guest.

The Dahesh Museum of Art, the only institution in America devoted exclusively to collecting and exhibiting 19th-and early 20th-century academic art, has an extensive collection of art in all media from the 1800’s depicting the Middle East, North Africa, and Turkey (then referred to collectively as the Orient). The Museum has organized a number of exhibitions—with publications—that explore the East/West dynamic: Picturing the Middle East: A Hundred Years of European Orientalism (1996); A Distant Muse (2000); Staging the Orient: Visions of the East at La Scala and the Metropolitan Opera (2004); Napoleon on the Nile: Soldiers, Artists, and the Rediscovery of Egypt (2006), which also traveled to the Syracuse University campus (2009), among several other university and museum venues; and In Pursuit of the Exotic: Artists Abroad in 19th-Century Egypt and the Holy Land (2009), presented in New York City at Palitz Gallery/Lubin House.

Syracuse University is an important center for scholarly research about the Region, with a highly respected Middle Eastern Studies Program, a specialized faculty in Arabic language and Middle East history, and an ambitious publications program at Syracuse University Press. In addition, SU has a long, impressive list of alumni, parents, and students from Dubai, including leaders in their chosen fields.
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(06-Jul-2017)
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(01-Oct-2014)
Migoo said:
Comment\'s author: phieetrma03/29/07 05:15:00 PM首先如果想要認真討論這個問題的話
請先定義 現代人類面對的環境
誠然有不少現代人還生活在非洲大草原
但是顯然他們並沒有面對到
肥胖心臟病高血壓糖尿病痛風等等的問題
對於他們而言 努力堆積脂肪蛋白質等等慾望本能
既沒有失效 同時也是確實發揮演化上預期的作用

對於我們這些生活在都市叢林的人而言
這些慾望依然存在 也沒有改變
哪裡有 失效 只不過環境變了 導致過猶不及的反效果

我承認我一個人活在肯亞草原肯定完蛋
但是幾百萬年來 也從來沒有哪種人/類人猿
是 單獨 活在野外的
依賴群體與文化教育 本來就是人類的演化之道
如果把我丟在部落裡 我想我應該學得會生活

但是反過來說 難道現代人沒有受到演化的驅力嗎
我想未必 其實水泥叢林裡也不好混呀
而水泥叢林的生存條件確實與以往不同
所以我們才能活下來佔據不錯的位置
可是偏偏我們這種卻不是性擇中佔優勢的
所以才會出現這麼多高學歷高收入
但是在生物最重要的生殖卻吃鱉的宅男這種矛盾的產物

如果我google一下 就會有美女送到我面前
我可能比較高興點 .



(01-Jul-2012)
Diana said:
Don\'t miss the fabulous arwokrts of the famous Rose Mary Mandrell, who displays her colorful narrative and unique introspective works at W.C. Mercantile in GLORIOUS Nav o\'leans Sota! You might catch a glimpse of Rosie as she paints that day Rose Mary also has a gallery of her artwork at Westwick Antiques on Washington Avenue near the Navasota DQ. Painting is born of nature—or, to speak more correctly, we will say it is the grandchild of nature; for all visible things are produced by nature, and these her children have given birth to painting. Hence we may justly call it the grandchild of nature and related to God. Leonardo Da Vinci
(01-Jul-2012)
Sanema said:
Don\'t miss the fabulous arrwtoks of the famous Rose Mary Mandrell, who displays her colorful narrative and unique introspective works at W.C. Mercantile in GLORIOUS Nav o\'leans Sota! You might catch a glimpse of Rosie as she paints that day Rose Mary also has a gallery of her artwork at Westwick Antiques on Washington Avenue near the Navasota DQ. Painting is born of nature—or, to speak more correctly, we will say it is the grandchild of nature; for all visible things are produced by nature, and these her children have given birth to painting. Hence we may justly call it the grandchild of nature and related to God. Leonardo Da Vinci
(23-Mar-2012)
Koyie said:
This is an arltice that makes you think “never thought of that!”