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
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).