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Saturday University: The Saga of Artist MF Husain

Sat Jan 28 2017

Asian Art Museum

Off-Site

10 AM – 11:30 AM

A majority of the world’s Muslim population lives in Asia. This is an opportune time to explore diversity among their communities. The series provides historical, cultural, and contemporary perspectives on Islam and the arts, from Central Asia to Indonesia.

Aesthetics, Ethics, and Politics in Muslim South Asia: The Saga of Artist MF Husain
Bruce Lawrence, Duke University
Seattle University, Pigott Auditorium (PIGT)

A renowned Muslim painter from India who was exiled to Doha in 2006, MF Husain dedicated the final years of his long life to a series on Arab civilization. Its sub-theme was Muslim-Christian relations. What are the ethical issues raised in and by Husain's art, both in and beyond South Asia? Since his death in 2011 (at the age of 95), how have these same issues, and the legacy of Husain, changed?

About the Presenter

Bruce Lawrence is the Nancy and Jeffrey Marcus Humanities Professor Emeritus of Religion at Duke University. His seventeen books include Who is Allah? (2015), Prophecy and Power (ed., 2012), The Qur'an—A Biography, Muslim Networks from Hajj to Hip-Hop (co-edited, 2005), and New Faiths, Old Fears: Muslims & Other Asian Immigrants in American Religious Life (2002).

Saturday University is hosted by Seattle University. Held in partnership with the University of Washington Jackson School of International Studies and Elliott Bay Book Company.

OTHER LECTURES IN THIS SERIES

JAN 28

Aesthetics, Ethics, and Politics in Muslim South Asia: The Saga of Artist MF Husain
PIGT

FEB 4

Islam After the Mongols: Saints, Shrines, and the Stars
PIGT

FEB 11

Images and Emotions: Society and Art Practices in the Islamic World
PIGT

FEB 18

What We Left Unfinished: Afghan Filmmakers and the Afghan Left
STCN

FEB 25

No Saturday University Lecture
Attend Search for Meaning Book Festival
PIGT

MAR 4

Being Grateful for Difference: Islam and Religious Pluralism in Indonesia
STCN

MAR 11

Living with Paintings: Spiritual Notes from a Muslim Artist in Indonesia
PIGT

MAR 18

Canvassing the Book
PIGT

MAR 25

The Art and Culture of Herat Afghanistan in the Late 15th Century: Master of Calligraphers Sultan ‘Ali Mashhadi
PIGT

APR 1

Artist Naiza Khan in Dialogue
PIGT
Series tickets available to the public January 6.
Full series tickets: $88; SAM members $45

Partial series tickets available Wed January 11.
Winter Short Series (Jan 28, Feb 4, Feb 11)
$30; SAM members: $15
Spring Short Series (Mar 11, Mar 18, Mar 25 & Apr 1)
$40; SAM members: $20


Individual lecture tickets available at the door only: $10, SAM members $5
Please arrive to your seat 10 minutes before the program starts, or your seat may be released.

Photo: courtesy Bruce Lawrence