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Tour Highlights Islamic Art and Culture

June 4, 2009

Date: 06/04/2009 Description: New York Foreign Press Center Islamic Art and Culture tour © State Dept Image

June 4, 2009; New York City, New York
Contact: New York Foreign Press Center

On June 4, in a preview of the Muslim Voices Arts and Ideas Festival, the New York Foreign Press Center held a local tour with Curator Ladan Akbarnia on a new exhibit Light of the Sufis: The Mystical Arts of Islam which featured twenty-four objects from the Brooklyn Museum, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, and private collections which are related to a mystical form of Islam known as Sufism.  The Museum also noted" his landmark speech this morning in Cairo, President Barack Obama lauded the artistic creations of the Islamic world, examples of which will be on view in two new presentations of Islamic art at the Brooklyn Museum..."  Journalists from People's Daily (PRC), CNNIndia, BBC Urdu, Exclusiv (Poland), La Razon (Spain), and The National (UAE) participated.