Event Title

The Politics of Display: The Exhibition of Islamic Art in a Post-9/11, Revisionist Context

Presenter Information

Ruby Robina Saha, Oberlin College

Location

Science Center, A255

Document Type

Presentation

Start Date

4-25-2014 2:45 PM

End Date

4-25-2014 3:45 PM

Abstract

Since 9/11, the display of Islamic art has witnessed a major revival in museums across the world. These institutions seek to highlight the artistic achievements of centuries of Islamic civilization and to foster constructive cultural dialogue at a time of heightened public interest and fear of “Islam.” My project evaluates the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s 2011 installation of Islamic art as a response to the issues raised by a post-9/11 context, as well as the revisionist Islamic art scholarship that has emerged in the past few decades, in order to question the frameworks, scope, even the very designation of “Islamic art” itself.

Notes

Session II, Panel 9 - Can You See the Real Me? Analyses of Aesthetics and Representation
Moderator: A.G. Miller, Associate Professor of Religion

Major

Art History

Advisor(s)

Erik Inglis, Art History

Project Mentor(s)

Erik Inglis, Art History

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The Politics of Display: The Exhibition of Islamic Art in a Post-9/11, Revisionist Context

Science Center, A255

Since 9/11, the display of Islamic art has witnessed a major revival in museums across the world. These institutions seek to highlight the artistic achievements of centuries of Islamic civilization and to foster constructive cultural dialogue at a time of heightened public interest and fear of “Islam.” My project evaluates the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s 2011 installation of Islamic art as a response to the issues raised by a post-9/11 context, as well as the revisionist Islamic art scholarship that has emerged in the past few decades, in order to question the frameworks, scope, even the very designation of “Islamic art” itself.