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11/14 | Islamic Art: Mirror of the Invisible World DIA Tour and Film Screening

November 9th, 2013

Islamic Art: Mirror of the Invisible World
Thursday, November 14, 2013 2:00 p.m.
Detroit Institute of Arts

2:00 p.m. Curated Tour of the “Arts of Asia and the Islamic World” Collection
Tour capacity is limited; please e-mail to reserve a space

The collections of the Department of the Arts of Asia and the Islamic World at the Detroit Institute of Arts represent art produced in Asia and Middle East, from antiquity through the present, as well as from North Africa and Islamic Spain. Conceived as both a geographical and cultural area of study, the Department fosters research into individual works of art in their historical and cultural contexts, the connections between the artistic cultures of this immense region – both geographical and temporal – as well as cultural and artistic ties between Asia, the Islamic World, Europe, and Africa. We invite you to join this curated tour highlighting Islamic art. Tour capacity is limited; please e-mail to reserve a space.

3:00 p.m. Film: Islamic Art: Mirror of the Invisible World (by Rob Gardner Films, 2011; narrated by Susan Sarandon)Marvin and Betty Danto Lecture Hall; please use the Woodward Entrance

This ninety-minute film takes audiences on an epic journey across nine countries and over 1,400 years of history. It explores the richness of Islamic art in objects big and small, from great ornamented palaces and the play of light in monumental mosques to the exquisite beauty of ceramics, carved boxes, paintings and metal work. It revels in the use of color and finds commonalities in a shared artistic heritage with the West and East. The film also examines the unique ways in which Islamic art turns calligraphy and the written word into masterpieces and develops water into an expressive, useful art form.