Film & Visual Art

HAM qajar album

Mobile Images from 19th-Century Iran

October 13, 2017

A rare album of artists’ drawings, preparatory sketches, and more helped shape a Harvard Art Museums exhibition about art in 19th-century Iran, co-curated by McWilliams, Norma Jean Calderwood Curator of Islamic and Later Indian Art at the Harvard Art Museums, and CMES Steering Committee member David Roxburgh, Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal Professor of Islamic Art History and chair of the Department of History of Art and Architecture. Read more about the exhibition and related publications in HAM's...

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2017 Oct 11

Gallery Talk: From Royal Fancy to Revolutionary Propaganda -- Photography in 19th-Century Iran

12:30pm to 1:00pm

Location: 

Harvard Art Museums, 32 Quincy St, Cambridge, MA 02138

Harvard Art Museums present a gallery talk led by

Mira Xenia SchwerdaA Photographer's Room
PhD candidate in Middle Eastern studies and the history of art and architecture, CMES

Gallery talks are free with museums admission. This talk is limited to 15 people and tickets are required.... Read more about Gallery Talk: From Royal Fancy to Revolutionary Propaganda -- Photography in 19th-Century Iran

2017 Sep 25

Gallery Talk: Qajar Lacquer as a Medium of Exchange

12:30pm to 1:00pm

Location: 

Harvard Art Museums, 32 Quincy St, Cambridge, MA 02138

Harvard University Art Museums present a gallery talk led by

Mary McWilliamsAbbas Shirazi, Pen Box with European Woman and Eagles in Medallions
Norma Jean Calderwood Curator of Islamic and Later Indian Art, Harvard Art Museums

Free with museums admission. This talk is limited to 15 people and tickets are required. Ten minutes before the talk, tickets will become available at the admissions desk.... Read more about Gallery Talk: Qajar Lacquer as a Medium of Exchange

2017 Sep 19

Gallery Talk: Gold and Silver—The Discovery of the Apadana Tablets in Persepolis

12:30pm to 1:00pm

Location: 

Harvard Art Museums, 32 Quincy St, Cambridge, MA 02138

Harvard Art Museums present a gallery talk led by

Mira Xenia SchwerdaExcavation of tablets, Persepolis
PhD candidate in Middle Eastern studies and the history of art and architecture, CMES

Gallery talks are free with museums admission. This talk is limited to 15 people and tickets are required. Ten minutes before the talk, tickets will become available at the admissions desk.... Read more about Gallery Talk: Gold and Silver—The Discovery of the Apadana Tablets in Persepolis

Kami Choi Jordan

Photo Gallery: 2016-17 Harvard College International Photo Contest

May 17, 2017

CMES awarded a first prize and three honorable mentions in the 2016–17 Harvard College International Photo Contest for photos taken in the Middle East region. All photos were from students’ internships, language study, and travel in the summer of 2016. This year’s first prize went to Kami Choi (’17), a senior at the college pursuing a joint concentration in Government and Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations. Choi interned at the United Nations Relief and Works Agency headquarters in Amman, Jordan while...

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CMES presentation poster

Nostalgia, Memory, Place: Margaux Fitoussi on the Hara of Tunis

May 12, 2017

In summer 2016, Margaux Fitoussi, an MTS candidate at Harvard Divinity School, curated a multimedia exhibition in Tunis about the Hara, the city’s historic Jewish neighborhood, centered around a collection of photographs from the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. In November at CMES, she assembled a smaller version of the exhibition, premiered EL HARA, a short documentary film about the Hara co-directed with her friend Mo Scarpelli and featuring an interview with the celebrated writer Albert Memmi, and gave a talk about the original exhibition in Tunis and viewers’ reactions to it.... Read more about Nostalgia, Memory, Place: Margaux Fitoussi on the Hara of Tunis

2017 Apr 07

After Dark: Nocturnal Landscapes and Public Spaces in the Arabian Peninsula

Fri - Sat, Apr 7 to Apr 8, 4:00pm - 6:00pm

Location: 

CGIS South, Rm 020, 1730 Cambridge St; Piper Auditorium, Grad School of Design 48 Quincy St

The Aga Khan Program and The Department of Landscape Architecture, Harvard Graduate School of Design and the CMES Arabian Peninsula Studies Series present

AFTER DARK: Nocturnal Landscapes and Public Spaces in the Arabian Peninsula
In the Arabian Peninsula, public spaces are often most used after darkness falls and the temperatures with it. This symposium explores typologies of nocturnal landscapes common in the Peninsula, and similar hot climates. During this interdisciplinary event, we will ask who uses night-time landscapes and public spaces, what activities are peculiar to the night and ultimately, how to design for life after dark?

If you plan to attend this conference, please register here.... Read more about After Dark: Nocturnal Landscapes and Public Spaces in the Arabian Peninsula

Sheida Dayani

Video: "The Salesman" Discussion Panel

February 26, 2017

On February 19, Sheida Dayani, Persian preceptor at Harvard University, participated in a panel discussion about Asghar Farhadi's Academy Award-winning film The Salesman, after a special showing at the Coolidge Corner Theatre. Dayani has worked as an interpreter for Farhadi since 2011. The discussion was moderated by Vahdat Yeganeh, founder and artistic director of Boston Experimental Theatre, and also included Somy Kim, associate teaching professor in the Department of English...

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