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.
A CARE brown bag lunch, featuring Dr. Munir Jiwa, CARE Fall 2014 Grant Recipient, who presents on the research he conducted on the representation and use of Islamic art/history in institutions from New York to Doha, the mobilization of aesthetic capital, and the cultivation of new museum subjects and publics. Institutions studied include the Museum of Islamic Art, Doha Qatar; Sharjah Museum of Islamic Civilization, Sharjah, United Arab Emirates; Metropolitan Museum of Islamic Art, New York; and Aga Khan Museum, Toronto, Canada.
The Pacific School of Religion at the Graduate Theological Union will be hosting the second Tolson lecture of the semester by Dr. Hatem Bazian Monday, April 13, at the Badé Museum (Pacific School of Religion, 1798 Scenic Ave., Berkeley, CA 94709). There will be a reception at 6PM, followed by the lecture at 7PM. This event is co-sponsored by the Center for Islamic Studies.
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 by Dr. Todd Lawson, Professor Emeritus at the University of Toronto. Co-sponsored by the Center for Islamic Studies. 12PM-2PM Location: Dinner Board Room, Flora Lamson Hewlett Library, Graduate Theological Union, 2400 Ridge Road, Berkeley, CA, 94709.
“Thinking Through De-Colonization: Un-Reforming Islam and Contesting Eurocentric Epistemic Structures.” Tolson Lecture by Dr. Hatem Bazian. Co-sponsored by the Center for Islamic Studies. Location: Badé Museum, Pacific School of Religion, 1798 Scenic Ave., Berkeley, CA 94709.
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).