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.
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Exhibition Lecture: Between Light and Shadow of Islamic Rituals and the Production of Islamic Science
Images: Blue and White Bowl with Radial Design, 13th Century, Iran, Kashan, fritware, painted in cobalt blue under transparent glaze, Brooklyn Museum, Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Thomas S. Brush, Brooklyn, USA; Inkwell, ca 1275, Jazira or West Persia, copper alloy, gold and silver inlay, Furusiyya Art Foundation, Vaduz Photo © Noel Adams; Anatomical Illustration, 19th century, Iran, watercolor, Wellcome Library, London, UK; Bowl with Bird, 9th-10th century, Iraq, luster-painted, Brooklyn Museum, Gift of the Ernest Erickson Foundation, Inc., Brooklyn, USA; Jali Screen, North India, Mughal, c. 18th century, sandstone, Dallas Museum of Art, gift of the Junior Associates; Quran Bifolio, Tunisia, Qayrawan, late 9th – early 10th century , vellum, ink, gold, silver, and blue dye, Furusiyya Art Foundation, Vaduz, Photo © Noel Adams; Planispheric Astrolabe, Spain, cast and engraved brass, Ahmad ibn Husayn ibn Baso, Real Academia de la Historia, Madrid, Spain; Chess pieces (Piezas de ajedrez), 10th century, Fatimid period, quartz, Museo de la Catedral-Basílica de San Martín, Ourense, Spain; Window, 15th Century, Egypt, plaster, glass, and wood, Private Collection, London, Photo © Noel Adams; Central Boss of a Ceremonial Shield, 17th Century , India or Persia, steel and gold, Furusiyya Art Foundation, Vaduz, Photo © Noel Adams
Nur: Light in Art and Science from the Islamic World is organized by the Dallas Museum of Art and Fundación Focus-Abengoa. Air transportation provided by American Airlines. The Dallas Museum of Art is supported, in part, by the generosity of DMA Partners and donors, the citizens of Dallas through the City of Dallas Office of Cultural Affairs, and the Texas Commission on the Arts.