Warnock Lecture: Kishwar Rizvi (Yale University): Block Museum - Northwestern University
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Warnock Lecture: Kishwar Rizvi (Yale University)

Dervish by the Fire, Ascribed to Mir Afzal Tuni, c. 1630
Dervish by the Fire, Ascribed to Mir Afzal Tuni, c. 1630, The British Museum.
Artist Talks
5 PM

Event Details

Date & Time:

Wed May 1, 2019
5 PM


The Block Museum of Art
40 Arts Circle Drive
Evanston, IL 60208


Open to the public


The reign of Shah ‘Abbas has been characterized as the “golden age” of Iranian art and culture. At this time, literature, the arts of the book, and architecture were construed as sophisticated representations of the Shah’s power and authority, and were used to disseminate his imperial vision. This talk focuses on an extraordinary period of Iranian art and history, which cohered with broader trends across the world, such as the consolidation of powerful empires and immense networks, commercial and intellectual, along which information, ideas, and objects circulated. The mobility of works of art, from London to Isfahan to Beijing, may be studied by connecting early modern empires through concepts of kingship, religious authority, and an emerging public sphere. Centering the discourse of Iran highlights the fact that the Islamic world played a central role in global exchange, whether of people, ideas or commodities.

Kishwar Rizvi is Professor of Islamic Art and Architecture and Chair, Council on Middle East Studies at Yale University. Her recent publications include The Transnational Mosque: Architecture and Historical Memory in the Contemporary Middle East, which was the winner of the 2017 Charles Rufus Morey Award from the CAA.

Northwestern University Department of Art History presents the Warnock Lecture Series.

Contact The Block Museum of Art for more information: (847) 491-4000 or email us at block-museum@northwestern.edu