Lecture: Leslee Michelsen "Re-Centering Perspectives: Curating Islamic Art in the 21st Century Pacific", AUC, Feb. 20

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Submitted by: Ellen Kenny

"Re-Centering Perspectives: Curating Islamic Art in the 21st Century Pacific" by Leslee Michelsen

Curator of Collections and Exhibitions, Shangri La Museum of Islamic Art, Culture & Design in Honolulu


Thursday 20 February 2020

1.00 pm-2.00 pm – Tim Sullivan Lounge HUSS Building – AUC New Campus


Qahwa and Kalam Lunch Hour Series: This lecture is organized by the Department of Arab and Islamic Civilization and the Department of the Arts, with support from the Winder Fund


In this illustrated lecture, curator and art historian Leslee Michelsen will discuss her recent, present, and upcoming curatorial projects with contemporary artists and historic artworks at the Shangri La Museum of Islamic Art, Culture & Design – the only freestanding museum dedicated to the arts and cultures of the Islamic world in the United States, and one of the largest private collections of Islamic art, in its unique location – and postcolonial setting - of Honolulu, Hawaiʻi.


About the Speaker:

Dr. Michelsen is the Curator of Collections and Exhibitions at the Shangri La Museum of Islamic Art, Culture & Design in Honolulu, where she leads the team responsible for the exhibition, interpretation, research, and conservation of the museum’s collection of historic and contemporary arts of the Islamic world.

Leslee earned her Ph.D in Islamic art history and archaeology from the University of Pennsylvania. Previously, she consulted for UNESCO Afghanistan on the curatorial content of the Bamiyan Cultural Center, and was the Head of the Curatorial and Research Section at the Museum of Islamic Art, Doha (MIA) from 2011-2015.  She has worked with museums, artists, and archaeological sites in Afghanistan, Azerbaijan, Bahrain, Oman, Qatar, Russia, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, the UK, and Uzbekistan, including curating new artworks, advising on the renovation of medieval architecture, and the development of UNESCO World Heritage applications. She has lectured in Islamic art history at Dickinson College, the Turquoise Mountain Foundation in Kabul, and the Parsons Paris School of Art + Design.


Refreshments will be served. 


Ellen Kenney
Associate Professor of Islamic Art and Architecture

Director of Graduate Studies, 2019-2020

Department of Arab and Islamic Civilizations (ARIC)
The American University in Cairo