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Opening Day Performances: Reverent Ornament at CMA

Saturday, February 18 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm


Enjoy an afternoon of cultural enrichment on opening day of Reverent Ornament: Art from the Islamic World. From 1:00 to 4:00 p.m., drop in the galleries to get insight on art from our knowledgeable group of interpretive guides. Docents will be stationed throughout the galleries to chat and answer questions about works on view. At 2:00 p.m., Maria Palacio of Alegria Dance Studio performs a number of regional theatrical folkloric dances from Egypt. At 2:45 p.m., Peter Kfoury, dubbed “The Oud Dude,” performs a musical set featuring traditional Arabic music as well as Middle Eastern sounds fused with jazz, pop, and funk music.

Free with membership or admission.

 Reverent Ornament: Art from the Islamic World – February 18 — May 14, 2023 

The Near Eastern world — roughly, the region including India and the Asian countries to its west — is a vivid patchwork of many different peoples, languages, and traditions, with a history stretching back to Neolithic times. Comprising works of fine glassware, ceramics, metalwork, painting, weaponry, weaving, and much more, Reverent Ornament shares timeless Islamic art that celebrates everyday life, history, and culture in Iran, Egypt, India, Syria, and Turkey. The works, some of which are centuries old, include objects meant for palaces as well as ordinary homes, evoking a rich and comprehensive vision of daily life from the 17th to the 19th centuries.

Organized by the Huntington Museum of Art and toured by International Arts & Artists, Washington, DC.