Islamic art, with its interest in exploring two-dimensional space through geometric pattern, the effects of light on form, and the association of Arabic language and script with revelation, inspires contemporary American artists of diverse religious traditions.
The Doug Adams Gallery's Spring 2017 exhibition, “Reverberating Echoes: Contemporary Art Inspired by Traditional Islamic Art,” highlights the work of seven American artists of diverse interests, backgrounds, and training. Inspired by traditional Islamic art, their works echo historic aesthetic concerns, often advancing human knowledge and understanding by experimentation with new technologies. Traditional concerns focused on the spatial dimension and the effects of light on form, the association of Arabic language and script with revelation, and patterns in the plane, exploring the nature of two-dimensional space.
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Join us at this unique illustrated presentation and hands-on workshop on the art and design of Islamic geometric patterns with Carol Bier, Visiting Scholar with the Center for Islamic Studies at the Graduate Theological Union and former Curator at The Textile Museum in Washington, DC.
After a brief illustrated introduction to Islamic ornament in ceramic tile, carved woodwork, and illuminated manuscripts, we will explore the basic principles that underly geometric patterns in Islamic art through hands-on activities. Using paper-folding and coloring exercises you will learn to visualize circles and centers and the intersecting axes of grids that allow for the repetition of designs to create a pattern. Come to understand the organization of historical designs and find your own forms of expression through the use of color and symmetry.
An illustrated lecture by CIS Visiting Scholar Carol Bier, one of many programs offered as part of the inaugural National Math Festival in Washington DC, sponsored by the Mathematical Sciences Research Institute (Berkeley) and the Institute for Advanced Study (Princeton) in cooperation with Smithsonian Institution. The festival is “dedicated to discovering the delight and power of mathematics in everyday life.” 11AM (repeated at 1PM) Location: Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC.
Lecture and discussion with CIS Visiting Scholar Carol Bier, inspired by her recent travels in western China (eastern Turkestan), addressing perplexities she encountered with regard to geography and the environment, ethnicity and identity, religion and the arts along ancient trade routes. Location: The Hillside Club, Berkeley CA (www.hillsideclub.org).
Carol Bier, visiting scholar at the GTU's Center for Islamic Studies, will be offering a lecture and discussion at the Asian Art Museum in San Francisco as part of the museum's series on "The Arts of the Islamic World." Asian Art Museum, 200 Larkin Street, San Francisco, CA 94102