Explore art from the Islamic world in the Freer|Sackler and learn how to appreciate its aesthetic qualities in this workshop led by artist and art historian Kamal Boullata. Engage in close looking, group discussion, and drawing to understand how space and time are expressed differently in works by Western artists and by artists from Persia and the Arab world. Then, create your own composition inspired by the forms and patterns in these artworks. No previous art experience is necessary. Adults and teens are welcome to register.
Kamal Boullata is a painter and writer. Born in Jerusalem in 1942, he studied at the Fine Arts Academy in Rome and at the Corcoran Gallery School of Art in Washington, DC. His abstract compositions use geometric forms inspired by classical Arab aesthetics. His writings on Arab and Palestinian art have appeared in numerous art and academic periodicals, and his books include Belonging and Globalization: Critical Essays on Contemporary Art and Culture. He will deliver the 2018 Kareema Khoury Memorial Lecture titled “Reading the Arabesque” at Georgetown University’s Center for Contemporary Arab Studies on Thursday, April 19, at 7:15 pm. The public is welcome to attend.