Opening Celebration for the Calderwood Collection


Congratulations to curator Mary McWilliams on the opening of In Harmony: The Norma Jean Calderwood Collection of Islamic Art. Opening night festivities included a lecture by Oya Pancaroğlu, Associate Professor in the Department of History at Boğaziçi University in Turkey, on the history and cultural significance of ceramic production in eastern Iran. Oya’s presentation, which was received by a packed auditorium, referenced her essay in the exhibition’s catalogue.

Oya’s talk was followed by a lively reception, where guests experimented with two very different tools for interacting with objects on view. Magnifying glasses allowed viewers to fully appreciate the fine brushwork of illustrated manuscripts, and the virtual reality application Layar, which operates by scanning objects with a smart phone, gave visitors access to bonus digital content, including audio and video clips. Special tools aside, a simple walk through the galleries was all we needed to discover Calderwood’s rich and stunning collection.

In Harmony is on view at the Sackler Museum through June 1, 2013.

Watch the opening lecture on Vimeo.

See photos from the opening lecture and reception on Flickr.

Photos by Antoinette Hocbo