Join us for an illustrated lecture exploring themes in the current exhibition, Reverberating Echoes: Contemporary Art Inspired by Traditional Islamic Art, on view in the new Doug Adams Gallery at the Center for Arts & Religion, Graduate Theological Union, through 26 May 2017.
The exhibition highlights the work of seven American artists of diverse backgrounds, interests, and training. Inspired by traditional Islamic art, their works echo historic aesthetic concerns, such as the spatial dimension and the effects of light on form, the association of Arabic language and script with revelation, and patterns in the plane, exploring the nature of two-dimensional space.
Drawing upon an Islamic visual heritage of calligraphy, floral ornament, geometric pattern, architectural forms and figural imagery, contemporary works selected for this exhibition include both traditional media, such as glazed ceramics, woven textiles, works on paper, and carved wood, and new technologies, including dye sublimation and 3D-printing, digital imagery, computerized design, and LED projection.
As in the past, each of these artists seeks to make meaning through art, exploring forms and relationships through craft and technology to inspire awe and wonder. We are privileged to view the results of their efforts to which we each bring our own interpretive lens.
Carol Bier is Visiting Scholar with the Center for Islamic Studies at the GTU, and Curator of the exhibition, Reverberating Echoes: Contemporary Art Inspired by Traditional Islamic Art. She is also Research Associate with The Textile Museum in Washington DC, where she served as Curator for Eastern Hemisphere Collections from 1984 to 2001.