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June 2009 - AAEF Board Visit Museum of Fine Arts Houston


On Thursday, June 4th, 2009, members of the Board were treated to a private tour of the permanent gallery dedicated to the arts of the Islamic world, at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. The gallery was established in 2007 as a commitment to exhibit “the diversity of styles, forms, and media characterizing the arts of the Islamic world.” (Peter Marzio. Director, MFAH. Friends of the Arts of the Islamic World).

The collection, the only one in the state of Texas, includes works from the 7th century to the present, and covering an area stretching from Mogul India to Ottoman Turkey. Dr. Francesca Leoni, Assistant Curator of the Arts of the Islamic World at MFAH, led the tour, explaining the methods used in the production and decoration of ancient glass, lusterware, porcelain, and pottery. She also highlighted the art of calligraphy and illumination used in the Koran on display, and discussed the distinction between religious and secular art in the Islamic world.

We look forward to a continuing collaboration with the museum in its effort to expand the scope of the collection, and increase awareness of the art of this important region.