'Islamic' Art: Disrupting Unity and Discerning Ruptures

A series of lectures to address the historiography of the field ‘Islamic Art’ by scoring the particular moments of ruptures that fractured its foundations.

Organized by Avinoam Shalem, Riggio Professor, Arts of Islam, Department of Art History and Archaeology, Columbia University, in collaboration with the Center for Spatial Research at the Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation and the Middle East Institute of Columbia University.

Fall 2018

Ahmed Mater Speaks About His Mecca Journeys
612 Schermerhorn Hall
Reception to follow in the Stronach Center

The lecture "Ahmed Mater: An Artist's Lens on Mecca" and reception scheduled for Monday, October 22, as part of the series, “Disrupting Unity and Discerning Ruptures,” will not take place.  We will seek to find another time in the near future that is more conducive to the academic dialogue on campus that is the purpose of the lecture.

In this lecture the artist Ahmed Mater will talk about his recent project photographing and filming the city of Mecca. The work speaks to the apparent contradictions embedded within this site between the holy and profane, historicity and eternal time, spaces of worship and sites of real estate speculation. The talk will be followed by a dialogue between Professor Avinoam Shalem (Riggio Professor, Arts of Islam, Columbia University) and Ahmed Mater. More information about the event can be found here.

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