Friday, June 16, 2017

Curators fighting prejudice through Islamic art in America

By Seamus Kearney
A new light is being shone on centuries-old pieces of art from the Middle East at New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art. The museum is hosting 10-minute gallery talks focusing on Islamic art, described by staff as “counter discussions” about regions in the news for negative reasons. The tours focus on the seven countries that are on President Trump’s contested list for a travel ban. The head of the Islamic art department at the museum, Sheila Canby, said: “Many ideas about science, mathematics, and other things come from scientists in the medieval period in the Middle East. [More]