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Virtual Event: Curator Navina Haidar to Speak at LP² CUNY Graduate Center’s [email protected] Program On ‘Islamic Art in the Metropolitan Museum of Art’

December 2, 2022, 1 pm2 pm.

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Curator Navina Haidar to Speak at [email protected] Program

On ‘Islamic Art in the Metropolitan Museum of Art’


The Met’s curator in charge of its extensive Islamic art collection

will speak Dec. 2 at livestreamed 1 p.m. event open to the public


NEW YORK, Nov.18, 2022—The Lifelong Peer Learning Program (LP2), a program of the CUNY Graduate Center, will feature Navina Najat Haidar addressing “Islamic Art in the Metropolitan Museum of Art” at its next [email protected] program on Dec. 2. Dr. Haidar is the curator in charge of The Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Department of Islamic Art, considered one of the world’s premier collections with more than 15,000 objects reflecting the great diversity and range of Islam’s cultural traditions.

Dr. Haidar was the coordinating curator of the New Islamic Galleries project, called by The New York Times “a cosmopolitan trove of exotic beauty” when it opened at The Met in 2011. Speaking about the museum’s Islamic art collection, Dr. Haidar said, “These works take on renewed relevance in today’s world, where they can provide much-needed insight into Islamic culture and history. Through art we also recognize the intersection of Islamic cultures with other great civilizations and the syncretic themes they gifted the world.”

The New Islamic Galleries project that Dr. Haidar oversaw presents an extraordinary sequence of galleries dedicated to the art of the Arab lands: Turkey, Iran, Central Asia, and South Asia. It includes the reinstallation of more than 1,000 objects as well as the Patti Cadby Birch Moroccan Court, constructed on site at The Met by a team of craftsmen from Fez.

She is currently working on a major Met exhibition scheduled for 2024, “Jahangir: Emperor, Connoisseur, Naturalist of the Mughal Age.”

To register for Navina Najat Haidar’s talk on Dec. 2 at 1 p.m. please click here.


About LP2

The Lifelong Peer Learning Program (LP2), which was founded in New York in 1962 as the first peer-based adult learning program in the U.S., has become the influential model for the expansion of adult learning to more than 500 campuses. Since 2020, it has been affiliated with the CUNY Graduate Center. Further information about LP2, including its offerings of study groups, history and community activities can be found on the LP2website (www.lp2nyc.org).


About the Graduate Center of The City University of New York

The CUNY Graduate Center is a leader in public graduate education devoted to enhancing the public good through pioneering research, serious learning, and reasoned debate. The Graduate Center offers ambitious students nearly 50 doctoral and master’s programs of the highest caliber, taught by top faculty from throughout CUNY — the nation’s largest urban public university. Through its nearly 40 centers, institutes, initiatives, and the Advanced Science Research Center, the Graduate Center influences public policy and discourse and shapes innovation. The Graduate Center’s extensive public programs make it a home for culture and conversation.

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