Linda Komaroff, curator, Islamic Art and department head, Art of the Middle East, Los Angeles County Museum of Art

The parameters of Islamic art have expanded to include contemporary works by artists from or with roots in the Middle East. These artists draw inspiration from their cultural traditions, using techniques or incorporating imagery and ideas from earlier periods—not so much reinventing Islamic art as repurposing it. Komaroff considers the acquisition and exhibition of contemporary Middle East art within the context of the Islamic collection at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art.


This is a private event for Friends of Asian Art members.


ABOVE: Siamak Filizadeh (Iran, b. 1970), Untitled from the Rostam 2 series, 2009. Digital print on canvas. Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Purchased with funds provided by the Karl Loring Trust and Art of the Middle East CONTEMPORARY. M.2011.45.4 © Siamak Filizadeh.