Presented by Ladan Akbarnia, curator of South Asian and Islamic art at the San Diego Museum of Art

Get an inside look at the creation of the British Museum’s Albukhary Foundation Gallery of the Islamic World, from a curatorial perspective. This talk takes you behind the scenes of the challenges involved in working with varied groups of art and objects, and building them into a coherent collection that addresses the many faiths, political organizations, and ethnicities found within the broader sphere of Islamic arts.

This lecture is part of an annual series co-sponsored by the art of the Islamic worlds department at the MFAH and Rice University’s Humanities Research Center. 

About the Speaker
Recently appointed curator of South Asian and Islamic art at the San Diego Museum of Art, Ladan Akbarnia was previously the curator and assistant keeper of the Islamic collections at the British Museum, where she was the deputy lead curator for the redesign of the galleries that contain the museum’s Islamic collection. Prior to joining the British Museum, she was the Hagop Kevorkian Associate Curator of Islamic Art at the Brooklyn Museum.

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MFAH Learning and Interpretation and Education programs receive generous funding from:

Jerold B. Katz Foundation
Institute of Museum and Library Services
MD Anderson Cancer Center
Sharon G. Dies
Sterling-Turner Foundation
Houston Junior Woman’s Club
Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo
Samuel H. Kress Foundation
The Brown Foundation, Inc.
Susan Vaughan Foundation
CFP Foundation
Joe Barnhart Foundation
Cockrell Family Fund
Ann and John Bookout
Tilman Fertitta Family
Mrs. Denise D. Monteleone
William A. and Madeline Smith Charitable Trust
Claire and Theodore Morse Foundation
The Junior League of Houston, Inc.
Learning Ninjas
Texas Commission on the Arts
Mr. and Mrs. Dan English III
Humanities Texas
Mrs. Nancy Glanville Jewell
Marilyn G. Lummis
Mary Lynn and Steve Marks
John L. Nau III
Strake Foundation
The Summerlee Foundation
Isla Carroll Turner Foundation
Mr. and Mrs. Robert Wheeler
Christine and Jaime Yordan Foundation
International Fine Print Dealers Association
Polly and Murry Bowden
Nancy and James Gordon
Lubrizol Foundation
and additional generous donors.

All Learning and Interpretation programs at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, receive endowment funds provided by Louise Jarrett Moran Bequest; Caroline Wiess Law; the William Randolph Hearst Foundation; Cyvia and Melvyn Wolff; the National Endowment for the Humanities; the Fondren Foundation; BMC Software, Inc.; the Wallace Foundation; the Neal Myers and Ken Black Children’s Art Fund; Mr. and Mrs. A. L. Ballard; Mr. and Mrs. Charles W. Tate; the Eleanor and Frank Freed Foundation; Virginia and Ira Jackson; the Favrot Fund; Neiman Marcus Youth Arts Education; gifts in memory of John Wynne; and gifts in honor of Beth Schneider.