Pearls on A String: Artists, Patrons, and Poets at the Great Islamic Courts

Asian Art Museum
200 Larkin St. San Francisco, CA 94102

$10 for members of the Asian Art Museum and guests;
$25 for adults; $20 for seniors. Please pay the RCSF.

Sunday March 20, 2016
9:45 - 11:30 a.m.

Pearls on a String takes viewers to the Islamic world in the 16th through 18th centuries to consider the question "Who's behind the art?" The answer comes in the form of three stories, each centered on a protagonist from a different century and empire: the writer in 16th-century Mughal India, the painter in 17th-century Safavid Iran and the patron in 18th-century Ottoman Turkey.

Through 65 impressive artworks — including manuscripts, paintings, jeweled objects, sculpture, textiles and metalwork - you'll discover traces of the writer, painter and patron. And you'll gain a new perspective on how personal relationships can awaken and sustain an artist's creativity, a process that endures in the present day.

Private Docent Tour with admission to the museum before the general public.

You are invited to join the group for coffee/lunch at the museum cafe after the tour. Approximate time 11:30. HCSF/RCSF member Kathy Henschel will try to arrange for us to have exclusive use of the beautiful Peterson room and garden. Afterwards, you may re-visit the exhibits on your own.

The cost is $10 for members of Asian Art Museum and guests, $25 for adults, $20 for seniors. Please pay the RCSF. This event is a joint event of the Harvard and Radcliffe Clubs of SF. Let the RCSF know if you are coming.

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Registration deadline March 17, 2016

Event Organizer:
Alison Boeckmann