San Antonio Museum or Art

Special Exhibition Gallery Talk: Islamic Art in a Contemporary Context by Rose Demir

Gallery Talks


Friday, June 21, 2013
6:00 p.m. – 6:25 p.m.

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Price: Free with Museum admission.

Islamic traditions of art, craft, and design have been highly appreciated and continue to inspire artists and designers today. The dynamic history of Islamic art, artistic pluralism, and globalization give contemporary artists from these regions and those living abroad new ways to explore personal, social, political, and spiritual ideologies. Rose Demir will discuss how the Jameel Prize reflects this contemporary moment, which artists—from different places and practices—draw upon new modes of artistic expression while celebrating the lasting impact of Islamic tradition.  

As managing curator for the Jameel Prize at Stanford University’s Cantor Arts Center, Ms. Demir launched its U.S. premier in December 2012. She studied Arabic, Islamic art at Stanford University and lived in Turkey and also Morocco where, as a Peace Corps volunteer, she worked with artisans who continue to practice Islamic traditions. Ms. Demir was the curator of education for three years at the San Antonio Museum of Art and curated SAMA''s first Islamic art exhibition, Perished Moment and It''s Occupant, photographs by San Antonio based Iranian artist Ramin Samandari in November 2001, mere weeks after the 9/11 attack on the United States. 


Exhibition organized by the Victoria and Albert Museum London (V&A) in partnership with Abdul Latif Jameel Community Initiatives.