Art Amongst War: Visual Culture in Afghanistan, 1979–2014

The College of New Jersey Art Gallery – Ewing, NJ, USA

Through April 17, 2014

The College of New Jersey is pleased to present an interdisciplinary exhibition and series of five public programs that explore the effects of 35 years of conflict on the visual culture of Afghanistan. Artists in the exhibition include: Lida Abdul, Rada Akbar, Roqia Alavi, Gulbuddin Elham, Qasem Foushanji, Mariam Ghani, Moshtari Hilal, Mariam Nabil Kamal, Aref Karimi, Zahra Orna Kazemi, Aman Mojadidi, Najibullah Musafer, Rahraw Omarzad, Abdullah Shayagan, Zolaykha Sherzad, Amin Taasha, Mohsin Wahidi, along with war rugs and contemporary textiles from Kandahar Treasure.

View from Inside: Contemporary Arab Photography, Video and Mixed Media Art

Houston, Texas USA

Through April 27, 2014

FotoFest announces the selection of forty-eight leading contemporary Arab artists for its principal exhibitions in the 2014 Biennial, VIEW FROM INSIDE. These exhibitions feature artists living and working in 13 countries – Bahrain, Egypt, Iraq, Kuwait, Lebanon, Morocco, Oman, Palestine, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Syria, United Arab Emirates (UAE), and Yemen. Some of the artists will be exhibiting their work in the United States for the first time. Seventeen of the artists are women. Many of the artists will travel to Houston to participate in lectures, tours, and other programs during the Biennial.

Echoes: Islamic Art and Contemporary Artists

Nelson-Atkins Museum, Kansas City, MO, USA

Through April 27, 2014

What is Islamic Art? How do contemporary artists respond to Islamic art and culture in their own work? This exhibition will explore these questions through a series visual conversations that make connections across cultures, geography and time. The installation will juxtapose historical objects and architecture with works by contemporary artists that employ traditional Islamic styles, materials and subject matter as their source. Framed beneath the Museum's stunning 17th century Persian mosaic arch, visitors will see how contemporary artists are drawing upon their cultural and visual past to explore personal, political, and aesthetic concerns. The artistic achievements of traditional Islamic art will be represented by works in the Nelson-Atkins permanent collection, including examples of calligraphy, ceramics, paintings, carpets and architectural forms. Contemporary art works include sculpture, video, photography, paintings, ceramics and digital collage, by internationally recognized artists such as: Shahzia Sikander and Rashid Rana.

Luxuriance: Silks from Islamic Lands, 1250–1900

Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland, OH, USA

Through April 27, 2014

Inaugural Textile Gallery exhibition of sumptuous silks, symbols of imperial status, highlighting the museum’s exemplary collection.

Court and Craft: A Masterpiece from Northern Iraq

The Courtauld Gallery, London, UK

Through May 18, 2014

Discover the story behind one of the most extraordinary objects in The Courtauld's collection: a bag made in Northern Iraq around 1300. No other object of this kind is known. Inlaid with gold and silver and decorated with a courtly scene showing an enthroned couple as well as musicians, hunters and revellers, it ranks as one of the finest pieces of Islamic metalwork in existence. The bag was made for a lady in the courtly circles of the Mongol Ilkhanid dynasty, established in west Asia by Genghis Khan’s grandson, Hulagu. Court and Craft explores the origin and cultural context of this extraordinary object, alongside displays of illustrated manuscripts, ceramics and other luxury crafts.

Carpets of the East in Paintings from the West

Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, NY

Through June 29, 2014

In Focus: Ara Güler's Anatolia

Ara Güler, the “Eye of Istanbul,” is famous for his iconic snapshots of the city in the 1950s and '60s. But with an archive of more than 800,000 photographs, Güler's body of work contains far more than these emblematic images. In December 2013, the Freer and Sackler Galleries will open an exhibition of never-before-shown works by the legendary photographer. Curated by Johns Hopkins University students in partnership with the museums, the installation will examine Güler's definition of himself as a photojournalist through the presentation of his photographs.

Featured are photographs of medieval Seljuk and Armenian buildings that Güler took in 1965. The exhibition therefore brings images of important Anatolian monuments to an American audience, highlighting Turkey's cultural history. Beyond appreciating their subject matter, the display asks visitors to think critically about the way images were created. The exhibition guides viewers into a critical debate about photography: documentation versus art.
December 14, 2013–May 4, 2014
Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, Washington, DC