Final Artistic Expressions of Faith lecture features Islamic art

Art professor Halide Salam to lead discussions of images of women in Islamic art | March 2, 2004

The final installment of the "Artistic Expressions of Faith: Images of Women in Judaism, Christianity and Islam" lecture series is Thursday, March 11, at 6:00 p.m., at the Islamic Center of Greater Cincinnati (8092 Plantation Drive) in West Chester. Those interested are invited to arrive at 6:00 p.m. for an informal tour of the center's mosque. Halide Salam, professor of art at Radford University in Virginia, is lecturing on "Women's Roles in Islam" at 7:00 p.m. Then, Salam is presenting "Images of Women and Contemporary Islamic Art" at 7:30 p.m.

The "Artistic Expressions" series features national and international speakers addressing the representation of women in art in the three religions. Each series starts with a tour of the host's relevant collections, followed by an in-depth discussion led by an expert on a specific figure or topic.

The series is sponsored by the Bruggeman Center for Dialogue, the Taft Museum of Art, Cincinnati Art Museum, Hebrew Union College and the Islamic Center of Greater Cincinnati. The first installment, held on Feb. 26, featured discussions of "Women in the Torah" and "Women of Valor? Images of Jewish Heroines." The second installment, held of March 4, featured discussions of “The Virgin Mary in Christian Art,” by Abby Schwartz, curator of education at the Taft Museum of Art, and “The Medieval Image of the Virgin Mary,” by Peter Barnet, Michael David-Weill's curator in charge.

Advance registration is required. Cost is $25 for Taft Museum Art members, $30 for senior and students and $35 for the general public. For more information or to register, call 513 745-4516 or visit www.taftmuseum.org/artisticexp.htm.