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Middle Eastern Photography Lecture

Monday, April 30, 2007


Pamela Marcil  313-833-7899
Dave Priestly  313-833-9151


April 26, 2007      




Images of the Middle East
DIA lecture examines the culture of the Middle East through 19th century photography


WHAT:   A special lecture examines Middle Eastern identity and culture through 19th century and contemporary photographic images. Fred Bohrer, an associate professor of art at Hood College in Maryland, will explore a selection of fascinating photographs in his discussion of the rise and development of the medium in the Middle East. “Photography, Islam, and Art: The 19th Century & Now,” is hosted by the Detroit Institute of Arts’ Asian & Islamic Art Forum.


WHO: Dr. Frederick Bohrer is the author of Orientalism and Visual Culture: Imagining Mesopotamia in Nineteenth-Century Europe.  In addition to publishing widely on the representation of the Middle East in modern times, he was curator for the widely acclaimed exhibit Antoin Sevruguin and the Persian Image for the Arthur M. Sackler Gallery of the Smithsonian Institution. 


WHEN:   Friday, May 4, 2007, 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. A reception following the event will give attendees the chance to meet the speaker. Refreshments and light snacks will be served.


WHERE: The Detroit Institute of Arts, 5200 Woodward Avenue, Detroit
WHY: The Museum is open every Friday until 9 p.m. with music, drop-in workshops and other activities.

COST: The lecture is free with museum admission, which is a suggested donation of $6 for adults and $3 for children. DIA members are admitted free.




Museum hours are 10 a.m.–4 p.m. Wednesdays and Thursdays, 10 a.m.–9 p.m. Fridays, and 10 a.m.–-5 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays.


The Detroit Institute of Arts (DIA), one of the premier art museums in the United States, is home to more than 60,000 works that comprise a multicultural survey of human creativity from ancient times through the 21st century. From the first van Gogh painting to enter a U.S. museum (Self Portrait, 1887), to Diego Rivera's world-renowned Detroit Industry murals (1932–33), the DIA's collection is known for its quality, range and depth.


The DIA is currently undergoing a major renovation, scheduled for completion in November 2007. The museum remains open with a dynamic schedule of programs and activities for all ages. Visitors can enjoy some of the DIA’s “greatest hits” while the museum prepares for an entirely new installation when renovations are completed.