The Jameel Prize – Art Inspired by Islamic Tradition: Last Call

'Life Line', Noor Ali Chagani, 2010. Courtesy of the artist and Green Cardamom. Collection of Joost van den Bergh

‘Life Line’, Noor Ali Chagani, 2010. Courtesy of the artist and Green Cardamom. Collection of Joost van den Bergh

This weekend is your last chance to view this fascinating exhibition at San Antonio Museum of Art, which was originally presented at the Victoria & Albert Museum in London. Tours of the exhibit will be offered during events. It’s probably best to take a tour, because the presenters (whether they be docents or curators) provide explanations which help to put the works in context. Some of the pieces are traditional in nature, while others send a message of protest in one form or another.

On Friday evening, The Jameel Prize exhibit will be the focus of SAMA’s monthly Art Party — an art, music and cocktail event — from 6-8pm. Free admission is being offered all day. Fortunately, the party will be held indoors this month, and tours of the exhibit will be offered.

Sunday afternoon, SAMA will be hosting the Eid ul Fitr Festival, in which Muslims break their Ramadan fast. This is a family-friendly event with food, music, and art. Again, tours of the exhibit will be offered. This event is also free, and runs from 3-8pm.

Either way, the SAMA show represents one of the few opportunities to view this exhibit in North America. The museum was very fortunate to have the opportunity to present this show, so seize this chance to view it before it closes August 11.

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