Solo exhibition opening at New City Arts, Charlottesville


In the Homeland We've Never Seen
A solo exhibition by Murad Khan Mumtaz

On view: May 4-25, 2018
Opening reception: May 4, 5 to 7:30 pm | Artist talk: 6 pm

In the Homeland We've Never Seen is Murad Khan Mumtaz's first solo exhibition in Charlottesville. Comprised of paintings on paper and hand-colored multi-plate etchings, the three bodies of work assembled in the exhibition explore the theme of sacred landscape imagined from a variety of vantage points. Deeply rooted in the visual traditions, methods and material intelligence of North Indian painting, Mumtaz’s landscapes refer to a nostalgic, pre-colonial past that haunts his understanding of the present.

Arts Seminar at the Harvard South Asia Institute


On March 6 I will be presenting an Arts Seminar lecture at Harvard University's Lakshmi Mittal South Asia Institute. The topic of the talk is "The Sufi in the Garb of a Yogi: Articulations of Sanctity Under Muslim Patronage in Early Modern South Asian Painting."

Miraculous Images Workshop at the University of Virginia


On March 21 I will be participating in Miraculous Images: Buddhist, Muslim, Christian, an academic workshop event hosted by the University of Virginia. The workshop brings together an international group of scholars whose research pertains to miracle-based image cults in China, India, Mongolia, France, England, Byzantium, and Italy. 

Symposium -- Arts of Islam at the University of Michigan


On March 12 I will be participating in the University of Michigan's forthcoming conference, Arts of Islam -- Being Muslim: Arts and Expressions.

What are contemporary expressions of self and community in the context of Islam? This cross-disciplinary symposium highlights contemporary expressive performance and visual work that engage with Islam in everyday life. The event is a collaborative effort bringing together regional centers at the International Institute and partners across campus and the community. 

CAA 2018 Professional Development Fellowship


I am excited to announce that I have been awarded an Honorable Mention in the Art History category of the College Art Association's 2018 Professional Development Fellowship. 

Art History Doctoral Research Fellowship at the Freer-Sackler Galleries


This January I began a five-month appointment as an Art History Doctoral Research Fellow of the Smithsonian's Freer|Sackler Galleries. 

Workshop and gallery talk hosted by the Smithsonian's Freer-Sackler Galleries


An Introduction to Traditional Indian Painting
Workshop and gallery talk by scholar/artist Murad Khan Mumtaz

Workshop sessions: December 1, 6 to 8:30 pm; December 2 and 3, 1 to 4 pm, Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, ImaginAsia Studio

Gallery talk: Saturday, December 2, 12 pm, Freer Gallery of Art

Explore the techniques and imagery of Indian painting and enter the jewel-like world of the Mughal school, famous for its stylized naturalism and mastery of line, in this intensive three-day workshop. Led by traditionally trained artist and art historian Murad Khan Mumtaz, the workshop introduces participants to the materials and techniques of this art form, including paper and pigment preparation as well as the basics of traditional drawing and painting techniques. The workshop focuses on the 
siyah qalam brush and ink rendering technique, the backbone of the more advanced application techniques neemrang and gadrang. Participants will have the opportunity to practice copying from original works on view in the Freer|Sackler, alloweing for hands-on study of Indian painting practice alongside historical examples. 

Symposium -- John Lockwood Kipling: The Legacy


It was an honor to participate in John Lockwood Kipling: The Legacy, a symposium hosted by the Bard Graduate Center in conjunction with the exhibition John Lockwood Kipling: Arts & Crafts in the Punjab and London, which premiered at the V&A in January 2017 and which was on display at Bard Graduate Center Gallery from September 15, 2017 through January 7, 2018. The exhibition is the first retrospective of the work of John Lockwood Kipling (1837–1911)—designer, architectural sculptor, curator, educator, illustrator, and journalist—whose role in the nineteenth‐century Arts and Crafts revival in British India has received little attention until now. The symposium examined Kipling’s legacy, specifically his effect on art education and on craft, by looking at continuities, responses, and rejections of his work. A video of my symposium presentation is available here

 

Article published in the Metropolitan Museum of Art's Islamic Art blog


While doing research as a Theodore Rousseau Fellow of the Metropolitan Museum of Art I contributed an article to RumiNations, the official blog journal of the Department of Islamic Art. Titled The Bread of Mercy: An Illustration from the Mantiq al-Tair, the article interprets the manuscript illustration in light of a close reading of its literary source. The full article is available here
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