Or more specifically, the Galleries for the Art of the Arab Lands, Turkey, Iran, Central Asia, and Later South Asia. Yes, it's a mouthful, but after eight long years The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City is finally re-unveiling it's Islamic Art collection. It couldn't come at a better time either.
Originally Posted by Thomas P. Campbell
These fifteen new galleries now trace the full course of Islamic civilization, over a span of fourteen centuries, from the Middle East to North Africa, Europe, and Central and South Asia. This geographic emphasis signals the revised perspective we have on this important collection, recognizing that the monumentality of Islam did not create a single, monolithic artistic expression, but instead connected a vast cultural expanse through centuries of change and influence.
You can read the Director's full statement here. Only if you're interested though.
Watch the building of the gallery's Moroccan Court. Dig the lattice work!
For those of you in Gotham and it's surrounding environs, you can take in the new exhibit starting on Tuesday, the 1st of November. For everybody else, check out the digital features below.
It's been ages since I last visited this thread, but there's a rather fascinating documentary running on Al Jazeera about the history of The Caliph. Part 1 and Part 2 are currently available online, with the third part to be released this Friday (that's the 29th).
The Caliph - Part 1: The Foundation
The Caliph - Part 2: Division
Further episodes can be found on the series' page here.