October 21–23, 2010

Devoted to the “art of the object,” HIAA’s second biennial symposium featured several dozen leading specialists in the arts and cultures of the Islamic world. The program included thematic panels with formal presentations, seminar-style workshops focused on art in the Freer and Sackler collections, and a roundtable discussion on the role of portable objects and their study over the last century. The symposium was open to the public.

Co-sponsored by the Freer and Sackler Galleries, this symposium was made possible through the generous support of the Bodri Foundation; Sheikha Hussah Sabah Salem al-Sabah; Iran Heritage Foundation; Aga Khan Program for Islamic Architecture, Harvard University; International Center of Medieval Art; and an anonymous donor.