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Jerusalem in Exile: symposium, opening, book launch and reception

24 January 2020 13.00 - 19.30
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Frankopan Hall, West Court, Jesus College, Cambridge, CB5 8BL

A free symposium, book launch and opening for the exhibition ‘Jerusalem in Exile – to celebrate the life and work of Kamal Boullata and his Artistic Inheritance’.

The symposium runs from 13:00 - 18:00 followed by the launch of two books by the artist (There where you are not and Uninterrupted Fugue) and the public opening of an exhibition of his works.

Symposium speakers include Burcu Dogramaci, Finbarr Barry Flood, Elizabeth Key Fowden, Remi Labrusse, Venetia Porter, Nasser Rabbat, Claudia Tobin and Mercedes Volait. It will be moderated by Donal Cooper, Khaled Fahmy and Deniz Turker.

Jerusalem in exile: meaning and abstraction in Arab and Islamic art

13:00   Donal Cooper / Khaled Fahmy - Short introductions (Jesus College / Centre of Islamic Studies)
13:15   Elizabeth Key Fowden - Kamal Boullata: Byzantine, Islamic and Abstract artist (University of Cambridge)
13:45   Venetia Porter - Handmade books by Kamal Boullata in the British Museum (British Museum)
14:15   Claudia Tobin - An "operator of colours": conversations in word and image (University of Cambridge)
14:45   Coffee break
15:00   Rémi Labrusse - Against Geometry? On Matisse and the Arts of Islam (Université Paris Nanterre)
15:30   Mercedes Volait - An early Egyptian display of Islamic art at the 1867 World's Fair in Paris: Dr. Meymar's exhibits (Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique, Paris)
16:00   Coffee break
16:15   Nasser Rabbat - Kamal Boullata: For the Love of Jerusalem (Massachusetts Institute of Technology)
16:45   Burcu Doğramacı - Exiled artists from the Arab world (Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München; Hirmer volume editor)
17:15   Finbarr Barry Flood - Kamal Boullata and the Aesthetics of Radical Humanism (New York University; Hirmer volume editor)

Open discussion

18:00   Exhibition public opening, book launch and reception


Please book your free tickets on this Eventbrite link.

The Committee wishes to express its thanks to the generous donations by our three valued sponsors: the AM Qattan Foundation, the Barjeel Art Foundation and the Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal Centre of Islamic Studies (University of Cambridge) without whose help this event would not have been possible.


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