Wednesdays, April 8 — May 13, 2020
Price: $210, $180 Friends, $150 students and seniors
The mosque, the palace, the bazaar: each class in this 6-week series will reveal treasures from the world of Islamic architecture. Join us as we delve in to a range of buildings, places you may have experienced yourself or have yet to add to your list of wonders to explore. Moving from examples of the early Islamic period to the newest constructions being erected today, classes will outline the basic features of each type, examine the work of a featured architect—from Sinan the Great to Zaha Hadid—and include a walk in the galleries to look at related museum objects.
Dr. Marika Sardar, Curator at the Aga Khan Museum, has worked at museums in Doha, San Diego, and New York, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art. She has produced exhibitions on narrative in Indian painting, the art of the Deccan sultanates, and trade textiles of the 16th–18th centuries. A specialist in South Asian art, she is currently working on a publication of a Ramayana manuscript that once belonged to Hamida Banu Begum, mother of Mughal emperor Akbar.
Hailing from Quetta in Pakistan, Shermeen Beg completed her undergraduate degree in architecture at the National College of Art in Lahore, and her graduate degree in architecture at the Savannah College of Art and Design. She practiced architecture in the U.S., Pakistan, and Italy, and has combined her love for the field with her love for education. She joined the Aga Khan Museum as an educator in 2014 and teaches the history of architecture at Ryerson University’s LIFE Institute.