ANN: Aesthetics in Arabic- Theory and Practice (23-26 April 2018, NYC)

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A series of four lectures by Kamal Boullata and José Miguel Puerta Vílchez. 

April 23-26, Silsila: Centre for Material Histories, 4 Washington Square North, New York University.

For abstracts and full details, please visit the Silsila website:

April 23, 6.30pm :

José Miguel Puerta Vílchez, 

The Alhambra as Paradise in the Arab Imaginary (La Alhambra como paraíso en el imaginario árabe) - lecture in Spanish with simultaneous translation into English



April 24, 6.30 pm:

Kamal Boullata, Reading the Arabesque

April 25, 6.30 pm: 

José Miguel Puerta Vílchez, 

The Geometry of Color and the Word in the Work of Kamal Boullata (La geometría del color y la palabra en la plástica de Kamal Boullata) - lecture in Spanish with simultaneous translation into English.

April 26, 6.30 pm: Kamal Boullata, Journeying Through Transparency

Kamal Boullata is a painter and writer. Born in Jerusalem, he studied at the Fine Arts Academy in Rome and at the Corcoran Gallery School of Art in Washington, D.C. He has been living in Berlin since his 2012 election as a fellow at the Wissenschaftskolleg Institute of Advance Study in Berlin.

José Miguel Puerta Vílchez is a professor in the Department of the History of Art, Universidad de Granada. He is the author of several volumes on Arabic aesthetics, poetics and architecture, including the ground-breaking Historia del pensamiento estético árabe. Al-Andalus y la estética árabe clásica (Akal, 1997), recently published in English as Aesthetics in Arabic Thought from Pre-Islamic Arabia through al-Andalus (Brill, 2017). His publications on the palace of the Alhambra include Los códigos de utopía de la Alambra de Granada (Granada, 1990), and Leer la Alambra. Guía visual del Monumento a través de sus inscripciones (Granada, 2010).

Space is limited and priority will be given to those who have rsvp’d. In order to do so, please visit the Silsila website:

Or use the following links to rsvp for individual lectures:

April 23

La Alhambra:

April 24

Reading the Arabesque:

April 25 


April 26: