History of Art & Architecture

Nasser Rabbat Gibb Lecture

Variations on a Theme: 2018 H.A.R. Gibb Lectures Delivered by Nasser Rabbat

May 1, 2018

Nasser Rabbat, Aga Khan Professor and Director of the Aga Khan Program for Islamic Architecture at MIT, was the distinguished speaker this year for the H.A.R. Gibb Arabic and Islamic Studies Lecture Series, established in 1964 in honor of Sir Hamilton A.R. Gibb, who was a director of CMES as well as University Professor and James Richard Jewett Professor of Arabic at Harvard. Meredyth Lynn Winter, PhD Candidate in History of Art and Architecture and Middle Eastern Studies, covered the lectures for CMES.... Read more about Variations on a Theme: 2018 H.A.R. Gibb Lectures Delivered by Nasser Rabbat

Doherty, Paradoxes of Green

Paradoxes of Green

November 29, 2017
Paradoxes of Green: Landscapes of a City-State, by CMES Steering Committee member Gareth Doherty, Assistant Professor of Landscape Architecture and director of the Master in Landscape Architecture Program at the Graduate School of Design, has been named one of the top ten books of 2017 by the American Society of Landscape Architects blog THE DIRT. Reviewer Aaron King calls the book "a successful hybrid of landscape writing and... Read more about Paradoxes of Green
2017 Nov 28

Gallery Talk: Qajar Lacquer as a Medium of Exchange

12:30pm to 1:00pm

Location: 

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

The Harvard Art Museums present a gallery talk led by

Mary McWilliamsMirror Case with Flowers and Birds
Norma Jean Calderwood Curator of Islamic and Later Indian Art, Harvard Art Museums

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: Qajar Lacquer as a Medium of Exchange

2017 Nov 02

Gallery Talk: Fluid Forms and Mobile Figures—Lacquer 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

Mary McWilliamsRectangular Mirror Case with Flowers, Butterfly, and Sleeping Bird
Norma Jean Calderwood Curator of Islamic and Later Indian Art, Harvard Art Museums

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: Fluid Forms and Mobile Figures—Lacquer in 19th-Century Iran

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

Arab Peninsula after dark

After Dark in the Arabian Peninsula

May 5, 2017

On April 7-8, 2017, scholars of history, architecture, design, film, and anthropology gathered to explore nighttime landscapes and public spaces in the Arabian Peninsula at the symposium "After Dark: Nocturnal Activities and Public Spaces in the Arabian Peninsula," organized by the Center for Middle Eastern Studies and the Aga Khan Program at the Graduate School of Design. Michelle Y. Raji covered the symposium for the Harvard...

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Designing for Darkness: What Can Latin American Cities Learn From the Arabian Peninsula?

April 13, 2017

Andreina Seijas, an incoming doctoral student at the Harvard University Graduate School of Design, attended the April 7-8 symposium After Dark: Nocturnal Landscapes and Public Spaces in the Arabian Peninsula, jointly sponsored by the Aka Khan Program at the GSD and by Harvard's Center for Middle Eastern Studies. In her Ciudades Sostenibles blog, Seijas writes about the challenges of urban design in the Arabian Peninsula, regarding especially the night-time urban landscape, that participants explored, and she speculates how some of the lessons learned and in progress in the Arabian Peninsula might apply to Latin American cities facing similar challenges.

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