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Exhibits exploring Islamic art form open at Carlos on Saturday

By Howard Pousner
hpousner@ajc.com

Emory University’s Michael C. Carlos Museum will open two exhibits showcasing the artistry of Islamic calligraphy on Saturday,  Aug. 28:

  • “Traces of the Calligrapher: Islamic Calligraphy in Practice, c. 1600-1900” details the practice of the calligrapher via examples of the writing as well as through tools used to create it.
  • “Writing the Word of God: Calligraphy and the Qur’an” tracks key developments of the Islamic scripts from Spain and North Africa to greater Iran from the 7th to the 15th centuries.

The Carlos has planned extensive educational programs, including a family day on Oct. 3, in conjunction with the shows, organized by the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, and the Harvard Art Museum. Information: 404-727-4282, www.carlos.emory.edu.

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