Museums and Islamic Art

Register for this Fall 2022 course on the new NYU SPS Academy of Lifelong Learning website.
This course will introduce the field of Islamic art, and examine how collections of this material came to be exhibited in museums worldwide. How did colonial activity in the Middle East, India, and North Africa build the collections of the British Museum, the Louvre, the Victoria & Albert, the Rijksmuseum, and other major institutions? In addition to an introduction to calligraphy, textiles, ceramics, and works on paper from the Islamic world, we will discuss the historical collecting practices of such museums, as well as changes to these practices in the 21st century. Finally, we will look closely at the newly constructed museums in the Islamic world, designed by internationally renowned architects, including the Louvre Abu Dhabi, the Museum of Islamic Art Doha, the Islamic Art Museum Malaysia, and new projects in Saudi Arabia, among others. This course includes two online lectures and one in-person guided visit to the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Questions? Contact us at The Center for Applied Liberal Arts (CALA). Email or call 212-998-7289. Fall 2022 tuition is $219.

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You'll Walk Away with

  • An understanding of how the world’s great museums built their collections of Islamic art
  • Familiarity with great works of art from the Islamic world, including textiles, ceramics, and works on paper
  • Knowledge about newly constructed museums in the Islamic world

Ideal for

  • Art enthusiasts
  • Practicing and aspiring arts professional
NO open sections available for this course at the moment. Please check back next semester.