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2014 Biennial Symposium

Forms of Knowledge & Cultures of Learning in Islamic Art

The Aga Khan Museum
Toronto
10.15–10.17.14

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Occurring one month after the Aga Khan Museum’s opening, the Fourth Biennial Symposium will focus on the theme of Forms of Knowledge and Cultures of Learning in Islamic Art. The symposium will open with a keynote address by Lisa Golombek, Curator Emeritus (Islamic Art) at the Royal Ontario Museum, Toronto. Over the course of the two days, the program will consist of eight thematic sessions on a variety of topics covering all periods and most media of Islamic art and architecture. Participants and registrants will be encouraged to visit the Museum’s Permanent Collection gallery and the two temporary exhibitions, In Search of the Artist: Signed Drawings and Paintings from the Aga Khan Museum Collection curated by Filiz Çakır Phillip, and The Garden of Ideas: Contemporary Art from Pakistan curated by Sharmini Pereira.

  • 10.15.14

  • 11:00–14:00

    Optional individual visit to the galleries

  • 14:00–14:45

    Keynote

    The Chini-Khaneh as “Library”

    Lisa Golombek
    Curator Emeritus, Royal Ontario Museum
  • 14:45–17:00

    Welcoming reception: The Aga Khan Museum, Toronto

  • 10.16.14

  • 05:00–06:40

    Panel

    PANEL 1: Collections and Exhibitions Between Knowledge and Imagination

    Avinoam Shalem
    Chair
    Mariam Rosser-Owen and Mercedes Volait
    Can Collections Speak? What We Can Learn from an Early Collection of Islamic Art
    Irina Koshoridze
    From Private Collectors to Public Institutions
    Solmaz Mohammadzadeh Kive
    Staging This Islamic Thing:The Conflicts in Exhibitions of “Islamic Art”
    Yuka Kadoi
    Rethinking Intermediality in the Study of Medieval Islamic Iranian Architecture: Photographs, Exhibitions,and the Persian-Gothic Thesis in the 1930s
  • 06:40–07:00

    Coffee break

  • 07:00–20:40

    Panel

    PANEL 2: Knowledge and the Building Traditions

    Gülru Necipoğlu
    Chair
    Esra Akın-Kıvanç
    From Vasari to Mustafa Ali: Contextualizing the Written Sources of Islamic Art History
    Gül Kale
    Proportional Relationships: The Science of Surveying and the Architect’s Cubit in Ottoman Architecture
    Ünver Rüstem
    Building the Ottoman Baroque: Architectural Practice in Eighteenth-Century Istanbul
    Yasser Tabbaa
    The Light of the Imam: Ishraqi Dimensions in the Mosque of Shaykh Lutfallah (1603–19) in Isfahan
  • 08:40–10:00

    Lunch

  • 10:00–11:40

    Panel

    PANEL 3: Crafting Knowledge in Persian and Turkish Book Arts

    Christiane Gruber
    Chair
    Elizabeth Rauh
    Processes of Depiction (Tasvir): An Illustrated Manuscript of Yusuf va Zulaykha Attributed to Mu‘in Musavvir
    Ashley Dimmig
    Ottoman Calligraphic Albums as Storehouses of Knowledge and Teaching Tools
    İlker Evrim Binbaş
    “Shadow of the Ancestors”: Reconfiguring the Past in Ottoman Genealogical Trees
    Evyn Kropf
    “Sensible Metaphors”: Pictograms in the Transmission of ‘Abd al-Wahhab al-Sha‘rani’s al-Mizan al-kubra
  • 11:40–12:00

    Coffee break

  • 12:00–13:20

    Panel

    PANEL 4: Pentagons and Decagons in Islamic Art

    Hashim Sarkis
    Chair
    Carol Bier
    Pentagons and Decagons in Islamic Art: Geometry Made Manifest
    Eric Broug
    The Importance of Pentagons and Decagons in Islamic Art
    Jay Bonner
    The Formative Role of the Decagon and Pentagon in the Development of Islamic Geometric Design
  • 12:00–13:00

    Workshop

    Archnet: A Demonstration Workshop

    Sharon C. Smith
    Shiraz Allibhai
  • 10.17.14

  • 05:00–06:40

    Panel

    PANEL 5:

    Karin Rührdanz
    Chair
    Simon Rettig
    A Genuine Aggregation of Styles? Questioning the Authenticity of Paintings in the Vever Khamsa of Nizami
    Yael Rice
    Made in the U.S.A.: On a Safavid Cubiculum in the Philadelphia Museum of Art
    Igor Demchenko
    Authentic Monuments in the Forged Tradition: Inventing and Training Ustos in Soviet Central Asia
    Rachel Ward
    Qaysar and the Naples Globe
  • 06:40–07:00

    Coffee break

  • 07:00–08:40

    Panel

    PANEL 6: The Word Embellished

    Sheila Blair
    Chair
    Noha Abou-Khatwa
    A Mamluk Calligrapher’s Tradition of Learning: The Career and Works of ‘Abd al-Rahmān ibn al-Sāyigh
    Nourane Ben Azzouna
    Of Proportion and Rhythm: Converging Discourses on Calligraphy and Music in Medieval Islam
    Fateme Montazeri and Arash Shirinbab
    Scripture or Art Instruction? A Study of Fakhr al-Ashraf’s Lithographed Quran and its Calligraphy Treatise
    Ayşin Yoltar-Yıldırım
    The Question of Well-Rounded Artists of the Book at the Ottoman Court
  • 08:00–10:00

    Lunch

  • 10:00–11:40

    Panel

    PANEL 7: Embedding and Disseminating Knowledge in the Art of the Book

    Persis Berlemkamp
    Chair
    Amy S. Landau
    Safavid Attitudes Toward Sacred Images in the Written and Visual Record
    Aslıhan Erkmen
    Illustrated Biographical Writings as Educational and Visual Memorable
    Anastassiia Botchkareva
    Between Timurid Prince and Mughal Emperor: Legacy in Transmission
    Stefan Kamola
    “With all elaboration”: Rashīd al-Dīn and the Display of Knowledge
  • 11:40–12:00

    Coffee break

  • 12:00–13:40

    Panel

    PANEL 8: What Artists and Artisans Knew

    Stefan Weber
    Chair
    Friederike Voigt
    The Rediscovery of Underglaze Painting in Late Qajar Iran: The Master Potter ‘Ali Mohammed Esfahani
    Miriam Ali-de-Unzaga
    Secrecy as Adornment: Transmitting Knowledge During the Weaving Process in Rural Morocco
    Marcus Milwright
    Insiders and Outsiders in the Transmission of Knowledge: The Case of Traditional Craft Practices in Greater Syria
    Stephane Pradines
    The Rock Crystal of the Zanj: From Madagascar to Fatimid Cairo

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