This weekend, my classmate Eve and I had the opportunity to attend the Historian of Islamic Art’s Third Biennial Symposium.
This symposium, held this year at the Metropolitan Museum of Art from Thursday evening, October 18, through Saturday, October 20, 2012, is a biennial forum for the presentation and discussion of papers on various aspects of Islamic art history. The overarching theme of this year’s gathering was “Looking Widely, Looking Closely.”
The keynote speech was given by our very own beloved professor, Priscilla P. Soucek, who spoke about the role of female patronage in Islamic art history.
Both individual papers and panel discussions were presented over the course of two full days; and although it was a lot of information to take in for the less-than-specialist, we both made some great professional connections and felt that our brains had expanded!
We are now student members of the HIAA, and look forward to participating in future events!
Thanks for reading!
Featured Image: Textile Fragment (detail). 14th c. Spain. lampas-woven silk. Fletcher Fund, 1929 (29.22). The Metropolitan Museum of Art.