Sure, the bowls, figurines, tapestries and manuscripts are stunning historical artifacts. But to Sabiha Al Khemir, they are even more. They are building a bridge of understanding between the Islamic and Western worlds.
And they are going on display at a Mormon school.
“If people are touched and their hearts are open, they will do the work [to understand],” said Al Khemir, a Tunisian-born art expert and project director for “Beauty and Belief: Crossing Bridges With the Arts of Islamic Culture,” an exhibit set to launch its U.S. tour at Brigham Young University in February.
Al Khemir, along with representatives of BYU’s Museum of Art, the Indianapolis Museum of Art, the Newark (N.J.) Museum and the Portland (Ore.) Art Museum, announced this week the start of the traveling exhibition in Provo.