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Museum of Art press release   Date: 4/3/13 Bookmark and Share

In Search of Harmony: Early Collectors of Asian Art

In conjunction with the Museum of Art exhibition Collecting Art of Asia, the museum will host a free public lecture, given by renowned Islamic art expert Massumeh Farhad, on Friday, April 5, at 5 p.m., in Weinstein Auditorium, Wright Hall.

Farhad is the chief curator and curator of Islamic art at the Freer Gallery of Art/Arthur M. Sackler Gallery in Washington, D.C. She joined the Freer/Sackler in 1995 as associate curator of Islamic art. Farhad is a specialist in the art of the book from 16th- and 17th-century Iran.

Farhad has curated numerous exhibitions on the arts of the Islamic world, including Art of the Persian Courts (1996), Fountains of Light: The Nuhad Es-Said Collection of Metalwork (2000), Style and Status: Imperial Costumes from Ottoman Turkey (2005-06), Tsars and the East: Gifts from Turkey and Iran in the Moscow Kremlin (2009), and Fainama: The Book of Omens (2009).

Farhad has written extensively on 17th-century Persian painting, including Slaves of the Shag: New Elites in Safavid Iran (2004) ande Fainama: The Book of Omens (2009).

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