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Layered Traditions: Exhibiting South Asia in a Gallery of the Islamic World

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Layered Traditions: Exhibiting South Asia in a Gallery of the Islamic World

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Saturday, June 11
10:00 a.m.–noon PT
Speaker: Ladan Akbarnia, Ph.D., Curator of South Asian and Islamic Art, The San Diego Museum of Art
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This talk will explore The British Museum’s reconceived display of South Asian Islamic art and material culture in The Albukhary Foundation Gallery of the Islamic World inaugurated in 2018 from a curatorial perspective.

Following a brief illustrated overview of the gallery and its conceptual structure, which shows a transformation from the previous 30-year installation to a complete reconception of Islamic art and material culture, it will focus on the representation of South Asia within this context and the thinking behind the selections of works ultimately put on display.

The talk will end with examples of South Asian arts of the book included in the installation and emphasize the conservation considerations that led to display decisions for important works such as the Museum’s Hamzanama folios, ultimately presenting parallels to The San Diego Museum of Art’s own renowned Edwin Binney 3rd Collection of South Asian paintings.


Please reserve your spot by clicking on this link. All participants will be sent the Zoom link and instructions via email once you secure your place. Space is limited.

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Free for active South Asian Arts Council (renewed for 2021-2022) and SDMA members | $10 for all others


Sponsored by the South Asian Arts Council.


Featured: A Sudden flight is reported: Umar and Landhaur converse outside Hamza’s tent. Page from a Hamzanama (Adventures of Hamza) (detail). Mughal India, ca. 1558–73. Ink and opaque watercolor on cloth, with writing on reverse in ink on paper. Edwin Binney 3rd Collection, 1990.274.

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June 11, 2022
10:00 am - 12:00 pm
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