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.
FEBRUARY 4 – APRIL 27, 2014
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
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.
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.