Insights through Objects: The Arts of Everyday in the Islamic World

Jepson Center Thursday, October 10, 2013 | 6 pm

October 10, 2013 | 6 pm | JC

The vast majority of works of art in any culture fall into the category of everyday objects: ceramics, metalware, textiles and clothing, home furnishings, expressions of religious piety and secular practicality, and objects that express one’s beliefs, wealth, status, and concern with keeping up with the neighbors.  In this illustrated lecture, Walter B. Denny will discuss how the everyday arts of Muslims, Christians and Jews in the Islamic Middle East provide us with a focused view of the people who created and used beautiful things as an essential aspect of their societies, religions, and cultures.


Walter B. Denny is a Professor of Art History and Adjunct Professor of Middle Eastern studies at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. He is also a Senior Consultant in the Department of Islamic Art at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

The lecture is free to members or with museum admission.

Sponsored by the Telfair Academy Guild