Nur: Light in Art and Science from the Islamic World

March 30, 2014 to June 29, 2014 | Chilton II Gallery

The DMA is the only venue outside of Europe to present Nur: Light in Art and Science from the Islamic World, an exhibition of Islamic art and culture exploring the use and meaning of light in Islamic art and science. Spanning more than ten centuries, the exhibition, organized by the Focus-Abengoa Foundation in Seville, Spain, features 150 rarely seen objects from around the world, including rare manuscripts and scientific objects. Deriving its title from the Arabic word for "light" in both the physical and metaphysical sense, Nur highlights innovations in artistic techniques that enhance the effect of light as well as scientific fields that contributed to enlightenment.

For the full schedule of Nur programming see our program guide.

Nur: Light in Art and Science from the Islamic World requires an $8.00 special exhibition ticket.

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Exhibition Lecture: A Geometry of Light

Thursday, April 3, 7:30 p.m.

Join Dr. Sabiha Al Khemir, senior advisor for Islamic art at the Dallas Museum of Art and organizing curator for "Nur," for a closer look at this exhibition, which showcases innovations in artistic technique that enhance the effect of light and the scientific fields that are related to light or contributed to enlightenment.


Sabiha Al Khemir & Eliza Griswold

Monday, April 7, 7:30 p.m.

One of the world’s leading experts on Islamic art, Sabiha Al Khemir, the DMA’s senior advisor for Islamic art, will discuss her novel, "The Blue Manuscript," which takes readers on a quest for the legendary Blue Manuscript of medieval Islam. Poet and New York Times-bestselling nonfiction author of "The Tenth Parallel," Eliza Griswold will discuss her recent journey to Afghanistan with photographer Seamus Murphy to learn about Afghani women and collect their "landays," or folk couplets. She collected these poems, along with photographs from their journey, into her book, "I Am the Beggar of the World: Landays from Contemporary Afghanistan."


Gallery Talks

Wednesdays, 12:15 p.m.

Grab a bite of insight and join DMA staff, artists and local scholars to explore the Museum's collections and exhibitions during weekly lunchtime gallery talks.


Late Nights at the Dallas Museum of Art

Third Fridays, 6:00 p.m. - midnight

Friday, May 16
Stay up late and explore the stars at the DMA! Play a constellation game on Ross Avenue Plaza, hear how one scholar used astronomy to solve mysteries in art, and learn more about the astrolabes featured in the "Nur: Light in Art and Science from the Islamic World" exhibition.


Exhibition Lecture: Light Filtered, Light Abstracted

Friday, April 18, 9:00 p.m.

Join Dr. Nasser Rabbat, the Aga Khan Professor and the director of the Aga Khan Program for Islamic Architecture at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, for a look at some of the most outstanding examples of light - an essential design factor - in Islamic architecture