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Islamic Art Expert To Give Talk At U.Va. March 31

March 15, 2005 --

WHO:         Finbarr Barry Flood

WHAT:       Lecture —“Becoming Like a Plant: Figuration as Vegetation in Islamic Art”

WHEN:       Thursday, March 31, 6 p.m.

WHERE:      Campbell Hall, Room 160

The U.Va. McIntire Department of Art continues its spring lecture series with a talk by Islamic art expert Finbarr Barry Flood. His talk, “Becoming Like a Plant: Figuration as Vegetation in Islamic Art,” will begin at 6 p.m. on Thursday, March 31 in Campbell Hall, Room 160. The lecture is free and open to the public.

Flood is a member of the fine arts faculty at New York University and a former Ailsa Mellon Bruce Senior Fellow at the Center for Advanced Study in the Visual Arts in Washington, D.C.  He is the author of “The Great Mosque of Damascus: Studies on the Makings of an Umayyad Visual Culture.” In addition, he has published numerous articles and contributed to books on early Buddhist and Islamic art, including “Persianate Trends in Sultanate Architecture: The Great Mosque of Bada’un” in “The Iconography of Islamic Art.” In his essay, “Between Cult and Culture: Bamiyan, Islamic Iconoclasm, and the Museum” published in the Art Bulletin, he relates the Taliban’s destruction of the Bamiyan Buddhas in 2001 not to a timeless theology of images but to the role of the museum as the focus of a secular worshipping of religious imagery characteristic of the modern nation-state.

Flood is now at work on a book “The Materials of Translation: Subjects and Objects in the first Indo-Persian Polity,” which deals with the circulation of cultural artifacts between northern India and eastern Iran in the 11th and 12th centuries.

For more information about Flood’s talk, contact Sylvia New Strawn at (434) 924-6122 or sns@virginia.edu.

Contact: Jane Ford, (434) 924-4298

FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Contact the Office of University Relations at (434) 924-7116. Television reporters should contact the TV News Office at (434) 924-7550.

SOURCE: U.Va. News Services

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