Exhibition Reception: Geometric Aljamia
Date(s) - 10/13/2023
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Robert C. Williams Paper Museum 500 10th Street
Robert C. Williams Museum of Papermaking
Join us for the reception for our exhibit Geometric Aljamia: A Cultural Transliteration. The exhibit is a cross-cultural collaboration that addresses how connections between the Middle East and the West during the Golden Age of Islamic Civilization continue to be relevant and vibrant in the twenty-first century. The project includes artists, designers, performers, and writers from Afghanistan, Qatar, United Arab Emirates, Canada, and the United States. Aljamia is a medieval Spanish word that refers to Romance language written in Arabic script. The resulting transliteration contributed to the dissemination of the Arabic language and Islamic influences throughout the Iberian Peninsula and beyond. By understanding the arts as a transliteration of one form of thinking to another and addressing the fundamental patterns and geometry embedded in visual art and poetry, this project revisits the ongoing impact of Islamic art, science, and philosophy throughout the world today.