The distinguished speakers will present and discuss the curation, evolution, and history of each museums’ collection and the various factors and challenges facing them. Audiences will get a unique insider’s look into the curatorial processes of various museums, the history of these collections, and the differing approaches museums in the West versus the East take to acquire and successfully exhibit them.
This edition of the Museum Series featured a panel of curators that manage the Islamic art collections at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, The Metropolitan Museum of Art in NYC, the Freer Gallery of Art, and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery of the Smithsonian, The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, and The Museum of Islamic Art in Doha, Qatar. This panel was moderated by the Chair of QAIC’s Board of Directors, Peggy Loar. The panel explored the evolution of Islamic art curation in museums today as experts from both the U.S. and Qatar shared their own curatorial processes and approaches towards exhibiting their institution’s Islamic art collections.
The curators featured were the following:
Dr. Navina Najat Haidar, Nasser Sabah al-Ahmad al-Sabah Curator in Charge of the Department of Islamic Art – The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Dr. Massumeh Farhad, Chief Curator and The Ebrahimi Family Curator of Persian, Arab, and Turkish Art – Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, Smithsonian
Dr. Aimée Froom, Curator of Art of the Islamic Worlds – Museum of Fine Arts, Houston
Dr. Linda Komaroff, Curator of Islamic Art and Department Head of Art of the Middle East – Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA)
Dr. Julia Gonnella, Director of the Museum of Islamic Art – Museum of Islamic Art, Doha