you can write about the culture of the art work or the era – or any relation between the objects
I attached 15 object each 5 have something in common.
Islamic Arts HAA 222
PAPERS DUE IN CLASS OCTOBER 31.
the assignment consists of TWO parts.
Go to the Art Institute of Chicago and study the exhibition on the Arts of Islam
(the information on opening hours, location, etc. is found at http://www.artic.edu/
). Analyze the exhibition: What types of objects are displayed? In what ways, if
any, do they relate to each other? Are the objects that are grouped together on
the walls or in each display case similar or different? What features and functions
unite these objects? What are your impressions of the exhibition? Summarize
your analysis of the exhibition in 200-400 words. Also staple your admission
ticket to the paper (as well as the notes that you took at the museum).
Now imagine that you are a curator of Islamic Arts in a major museum. You
would like to organize an exhibition on Islamic arts. You are so well connected in
the museum world that you can get any objects that you like for the exhibition
(keep in mind that buildings are not portable). Your museum has a space for
temporary exhibitions that consists of three halls. In creating your proposal, take
into consideration the strengths and weaknesses of the Art Institute exhibition.
Browse the online museum exhibitions below and for further research consult the
bibliography of Bloom and Blair, Islamic Arts. Decide if you want to create a
general exhibition of the entire span of Islamic art, or a more specialized
exhibition on a topic that appeals to you, such as “Spirituality,” “Umayyad
Patronage,” “Luxury Arts,” “Calligraphy,” etc.
You are making an exhibition proposal to the Museum Director. For this you
need to do the following:
1. Outline the theme of the exhibition, how it appeals to you and how you
think it would appeal to the viewing public (no less than 200 words).
2. Provide the list of objects that you would like to have for this exhibition (no
less than 15 objects total – 5 per each hall). For each object, include an
explanation of its importance and relevance to your exhibition
(IMPORTANT: this should be done in your own words). Be sure to
discuss each object’s historical and cultural context and include an image
of the object (no more than 100 words per object).
3. Discuss how you would organize the objects in each of the three halls
(you should have at least five objects in each hall). What is the
overarching theme of each hall? Which objects would you put next to each
other? Why? Will you put objects together by function? By period? By
artistic media? (This narrative should be no less than 250 words total)
4. Provide explanatory texts for each of the halls (no less than 150 words for
each hall). Explain to the public the theme of each hall.
5. Use what you have learned to provide a justification of why this exhibition
should take place (no less than 150 words).
6. Provide a spiffy title for your exhibition.
7. Provide a bibliography of no less than 5 publications (academic books and
articles). PLEASE NOTE: Wikipedia does not constitute a proper
academic reference, DO NOT use it.
In your preparation you might also consider the following resources:
– Museum with No Frontiers:
– Browse the British Museum on-line collection of Islamic arts at:
http://www.britishmuseum.org/ (explore their website with keyword –
– Browse the Louvre Museum on-line collection of Islamic arts at:
– Browse the Victoria and Albert Museum on-line collection of Islamic
– Freer Gallery on-line collection of Islamic arts at: