The Art of Asia Department seeks an intern to work intensively on two projects under the supervision of the Ananda Coomaraswamy Curator of South Asian and Islamic Art. The projects will provide the intern with direct experience of two important aspects of curatorial work. The first project is a catalog of highlights of the South Asian art collection, which the intern will help to bring to completion (e.g. researching objects, collating drafts, standardizing language). The second project is the reinstallation of the Islamic gallery, for which the intern will work on a visitor study that will provide critical information about the familiarity of the Museum’s audience with Islamic art and culture.
Maryam and Edward will hold a conversation on "American Mosque", the history of American mosques as communal and contested spaces with particular attention to diversity (racial, socio-economic, sectarian), gender roles, built environment and design this Saturday, March 3rd at 1:30pm PST. For information on attending click HERE
Maryam will hold a conversation on "Reading Between the Lines - (Real) Roles, Responsibilities, & Stories" as a paradigm for understanding the role of an architect in the built environment at Stanford University this Thursday, February 15 at 4:30pm PST. For more information on attending click HERE.
On Tuesday, February 7th, 2018, Open Architecture Collaborative was awarded $20,000 from the National Endowment of the Arts. The grant will go towards a pilot program called Pathways to Equity: A leadership development program for community design practitioners.
Jane Chu, NEA Chairman stated, “…projects [like] this one of Open Architecture Collaborative, are good examples of how the arts build stronger and more vibrant communities, improve well-being, prepare our children to succeed, and increase the quality of lives…”
Read the full press release HERE.
We are very excited that the exhibit that we designed for the Children’s Museum of Manhattan, America to Zanzibar, is starting its national tour in January 2018. After two years of it being housed in New York City, its first stop will be back at Maryam’s home state – Tennessee and will be opening on February 3, 2018 at the Creative Discovery Museum in Chattanooga. It will then move to Kentucky to be celebrated at the Muhammad Ali Center for the rest of 2018. We will keep you posted on upcoming adventures as it makes its way across the US. We are so grateful to the Children’s Museum of Manhattan for trusting in our design and forever allowing us to become a part of the CMOM family. We are also very grateful for the amazing coverage on our work this year in New York Times, New Yorker (with DJ Khaled) and the various videos.
* Introduction: Considering Islamic Art History and the Question of Public Impact - Laura Weinstein
Teaching about Islam through Art in the Museum and Classroom - Walter Denny
Students, Art and the Middle East Refugee Crisis - Pamela Karimi
Advocacy and Art - Nadeem Mazen
New York Magazine recently interviewed DJ Khaled's son, Asahad Khaled, the busiest baby in Hip-Hop as he took a tour at MIIM Designs exhibit, America to Zanzibar, at the Childeren's Museum of Manhattan.
Truly, Asahd is a natural ham. Right now, for example, in the “America to Zanzibar: Muslim Cultures Near and Far” exhibit, he’s atop a fake camel, dancing to “Wild Thoughts,” his father’s hit single featuring Rihanna and Bryson Tiller, which someone has playing on an iPhone. Asahd starts clapping his little hands and scooting back and forth. Then he really gets into it, teetering side to side, waving a single finger in the air, his signature move. “He came out of the womb holding his finger up,” Tuck says, and I’m pretty sure she’s not joking.
“Yes, boy! Yes, boy!” Khaled chants. And Asahd starts “Ah-ahhh-ahhing” along to Rihanna’s “Wild, wild, wild.”
“Get it on Instagram!” someone cries out. (It will be on Snapchat later.)
Read it HERE.
The New York Times wrote a fantastic review of MIIM Designs work on the America to Zanzibar exhibit at the Children's Museum of Manhattan. The show has been so popular since its opening in February 2016 that its run has been extended another year, and plans are underway to take it on a nationwide tour in 2018. “I’ve been here 26 years and I can’t remember another exhibit that had a sustained heavy attendance over a period of a year like this one has,” said Mr. Ackerman [Executive Director of CMOM], noting that more than 350,000 people have visited. “It’s been a surprise blockbuster for us.” Read the Complete Review HERE.