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THE COOLEY WILL RESUME REGULAR HOURS ON FEBRUARY 11. QALAM'S OPENING RECEPTION HAS BEEN RESCHEDULED FOR TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 18, FROM 5–7 P.M.

Qalam

FEBRUARY 4 – APRIL 27, 2014

Public reception: Tuesday, February 18,
5:00–7:00 p.m. at the Cooley Gallery


Public lecture by Dr. Hamidreza Ghelichkhani: Tuesday, April 1, 7:00 p.m. in the Reed College Chapel, Eliot Hall. Pre-lecture reception at 5:00 p.m., at the Cooley Gallery

Kufic

Image: Page from a Qur'an manuscript, approx. 800–1000 CE. Iraq, Iran, or Syria. Ink and colors on parchment. Gift of Elton L. Puffer, 2004.61.A-.B. © Asian Art Museum, San Francisco. Used by permission.


Qalam is curated by Kambiz GhaneaBassiri, Professor of Religion and Humanities, Reed College, and Stephanie Snyder, John and Anne Hauberg Curator and Director, Douglas F. Cooley Memorial Art Gallery

SPECIAL ARABIC SCRIPTORIUM OPEN TO THE REED COMMUNITY AND THE PUBLIC: Wednesdays, beginning February 12, 6:00–8:00 p.m., Psychology Building room 102–103, free, materials provided, no prior calligraphy experience necessary

Arabic Scriptorium is organized by the Calligraphy Initiative in Honor of Lloyd J. Reynolds, a program of the Douglas F. Cooley Memorial Art Gallery. Founded in 2012, the Calligraphy Initiative is introducing a new generation of Reed students and community members to the study and practice of calligraphy and paleography. The Calligraphy Initiative is coordinated by Gregory MacNaughton ’89. For more information, please contact MacNaughton at macnaugg[at]reed.edu or 503.517.7677
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The Douglas F. Cooley Memorial Art Gallery, Reed College, is proud to present Qalam, Calligraphy and Islam from the Middle Ages to the Present, an exhibition of historical and contemporary Arabic and Persian calligraphy, and related material, that offers an immersive glance into one of the most poetic and spiritual art forms. The earliest qur’anic verses (96:1-5) that refer to God as the Creator who teaches “by the pen”—al-qalam—signal the esteemed place of calligraphy in the world in which Islam emerged. The development of Arabic calligraphy, from its earliest linear forms in the eighth century, to its subsequent standardization as a set of cursive scripts by a lineage of master typographers and calligraphers, evidences the complex and shifting status of text and image throughout this history. The works in Qalam elucidate this complexity, asking visitors to consider the evolving relationship between calligraphy and Islam, as well as the continuing transformation and exhibition of this art form.

At the center of the exhibition is a group of rare works on loan to the Cooley from the Asian Art Museum of San Francisco, and a diverse array of manuscript folios from the collection of Reed alumnus Stephen Herold ’63. Qalam includes qur’anic folios from the ninth through the nineteenth centuries; Persian and Iranian illuminations depicting stories of love and mystical revelation; a Qing Dynasty (1644–1911) incense burner with Arabic inscriptions; traditional writing implements and materials from the collection of Darius Rejali; a documentary film of American Islamic calligrapher Mohamed Zakariya; and a body of contemporary calligraphy by renowned Iranian calligrapher and scholar Dr. Hamidreza Ghelichkhani. In conjunction with the exhibition, Dr. Ghelichkhani comes to Reed College as a visiting scholar.

Dr. Hamidreza Ghelichkhani received his PhD in Persian from Delhi University in India, writing his dissertation on Mogul Bookmaking and Ornamentation through the Poetry of Orfi Shirazi to Bidel Dehlavi. He holds a Master’s degree in Persian Literature from Islamic Arak University in Tehran. Ghelichkhani has taught calligraphy, paleography, and typography for over a decade at institutions such as the University of Delhi, India, and Amir Kabir University in Tehran. A highly respected calligrapher, Ghelichkhani has exhibited his work widely, and curated historical and contemporary calligraphy exhibitions in Iran and India. He is the author of numerous publications on the history and practices of calligraphy.

Dr. Ghelichkhani’s visit is supported by the American Institute for Iranian Studies, and the Office of the Dean of Faculty, Reed College.





THE DOUGLAS F. COOLEY MEMORIAL
ART GALLERY, REED COLLEGE
3203 SE WOODSTOCK BLVD.
PORTLAND, OREGON 97202-8199


HOURS: NOON TO 5 P.M., TUESDAY – SUNDAY, FREE
LOCATED ON THE MAIN FLOOR OF THE REED LIBRARY


The mission of the Douglas F. Cooley Memorial Art Gallery is to enhance the academic offerings of Reed College with a diverse range of scholarly exhibitions, lectures, and colloquia in its role as a teaching gallery.

The gallery was established by a generous 1988 gift from Sue and Edward Cooley and John and Betty Gray "in support of the teaching of art history at Reed College, as part of an interdisciplinary educational experience that strengthens the art history component of Reed's distinctive humanities program." Exhibitions are coordinated in collaboration with Reed faculty members and courses, with attention to the needs and interests of the larger Portland and Northwest arts communities. A schedule of three to four exhibitions during the academic year brings to Reed and the Portland community work that would not otherwise be seen in the region.


 

Stephanie Snyder
John and Anne Hauberg Curator and Director
Office: 503.777.7251
Fax: 503.788.6691
Cell: 503.367.7004
snyders[at]reed.edu


Colleen Gotze
Registrar and Program Coordinator
Office: 503.517.7851
Fax: 503.788.6691

gotzec[at]reed.edu

Greg MacNaughton
Education Outreach Coordinator
Calligraphy Initiative Coordinator
Office: 503-517-7677
Cell: 503.929-3663
Fax: 503.788.6691

macnaugg[at]reed.edu

Please email Registrar Colleen Gotze to be added to the Cooley Gallery announcement list and for general gallery questions.