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Opening Lecture and Reception: In Harmony: The Norma Jean Calderwood Collection of Islamic Art

Bowl with inscription and birds, Iran, Nishapur, Samanid period, 10th century, Harvard Art Museums/Arthur M. Sackler Museum.

Bowl with inscription and birds, Iran, Nishapur, Samanid period, 10th century, Harvard Art Museums/Arthur M. Sackler Museum.

Wednesday, January 30, 2013
6:00pm – 8:00pm

Arthur M. Sackler Museum, 485 Broadway, Cambridge, MA 02138

Opening Lecture and Reception: In Harmony: The Norma Jean Calderwood Collection of Islamic Art
Norma Jean Calderwood Lecture

Celebrate the opening of the exhibition In Harmony: The Norma Jean Calderwood Collection of Islamic Art  with a reception and open galleries in the Sackler Museum, following a lecture by Oya Pancaroğlu, Associate Professor of History, Boğaziçi University, Istanbul, Turkey, who will present Tables and Other Social Settings in 9th–11th Century Eastern Iran at 6pm.

By taking a broad view of ceramic production in eastern Iran between the 9th and 11th centuries, this lecture will explore the depth and breadth of cultural resonances evident in the choice of figural and epigraphic decoration found on table wares. Ceramic wares from this period in eastern Iran reflect a rich cultural heritage that is often ignored in the art-historical quest to identify distinct typologies and offer attributions. Though the study of the ceramics is also hindered by the dearth of secure archaeological data, the array of decoration found on pottery vessels is indicative of a vibrant table culture with a long history predating the Islamic conquest of Iran.

Free admission.

Complimentary parking at Broadway Garage, 7 Felton Street.

The Norma Jean Calderwood Lecture Fund honors a longtime friend of the Harvard Art Museums who pursued graduate study in Islamic art at Harvard and who for many years taught Islamic and Asian art at Boston College and at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.