'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 Middle East Institute, Columbia University.


Fall 2015

September 21:
Eyal Weizman (Goldsmiths, University of London): "Hannibal in Rafah:  a forensic reconstruction of one day in the 2014 Gaza War."

October 22:
Zeynep Celik (New Jersey Institute of Technology): "Photographing Ottoman Modernity."

December 3:
Nada Shabout (University of North Texas): "Modernities: Discontent and Alliances"
with discussant Zainab Bahrani (Columbia University)

All lectures are held at 6 pm
Columbia University, 612 Schermerhorn Hall
1190 Amsterdam Avenue, New York, NY 10027.


Spring 2015

January 29:
Esra Akcan (Cornell University): "How Modern was made 'Islamic': Recruiting a category for late 20th-century architecture in the Middle East."

February 26:
Walid Raad (Cooper Union): "Scratching on things I could disavow: From the Lourvre's Départment des Arts de L'Islam."


Fall 2014

September 18:
Renata Holod (University of Pennsylvania): 'Our Works Point to Us': Making, Ordering, Describing the Visual Cultures) in the Islamic World.

October 30:
Sheila Canby (Metropolitan Museum of Art): "Early Safavid Art: Rupture or Synthesis?"

* in dialogue with *

Kishwar Rizvi (Yale University): Self and the World: The Arts during the Period of Shah 'Abbas I.

November 13:
Eva Hoffman (Tufts University): "Islamic Art, Art History and Mediterranean Genealogies"


In collaboration with: