Wednesday, November 2, 2011

University of Texas Host Princeton Lecture on Islamic Art and Culture

Michael Barry
TEXAS – The University of Texas at Arlington welcomes Michael Barry, lecturer in Near Eastern Studies from Princeton University, for the UT Arlington Department of Art and Art History’s Islamic Art and Culture Forum Nov. 3. The forum begins at 6 p.m. in the School of Architecture, Auditorium 204, 601 W. Nedderman Drive. The event is free and open to the public. Barry will share the significance of royal symbols including crowns and scepters, and thrones guarded by twin heraldic beasts like lions or dragons. He will discuss the importance of these symbols to several imperial powers across multiple time periods. A recognized expert in Islamic art, Barry recently conceived the reorganization of the New York Metropolitan Museum’s Galleries of Islamic Art, which is scheduled to reopen this fall. The Islamic Art and Culture Forum is presented in partnership with the Aga Khan Council for Northern Texas. [link]