Middle East Influences in American Art


This section of the Traditional Fine Arts Organization (TFAO) catalogue Topics in American Art is devoted to the topic "Middle East Influences in American Art." Articles and essays specific to this topic published in TFAO's Resource Library are listed at the beginning of the section. Clicking on titles takes readers directly to these articles and essays. The date at the end of each title is the Resource Library publication date.

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Articles and essays from Resource Library in chronological order:

Body of Grace: the Art of Kamal Youssef; essay by V. Scott Dimond (6/15/14)

Jusour wa Kusour: The Work of Doris Bittar, 1989-2007 (3/19/07)

Louis Comfort Tiffany: Artist for the Ages (9/30/06)

The Needle's Song: The Folk Art of Ethel Wright Mohamed; with text by Jill R. Chancey (6/4/07)

Neither / Nor: American Dream, Exiled Hero; essay by Mark Bessire (10/10/13)

Noble Dreams, Wicked Pleasures: Orientalism in America, 1870-1930 (11/15/00)

Also see Orientalism in American Art.


From other websites:

Forsaking All Comfort and Prosperity: Works by Maryam Safajoo is a 2022 exhibit at the Albany Museum of Art which says: "Persian-American painter Maryam Safajoo's paintings tell stories of persistent persecution that the Iranian Baha'i community has experienced since the 1979 Iranian revolution. Many of her artworks tell stories the artist, now based in the United States, has witnessed first-hand." Accessed 12/22

Islamic Cultural Center of Northern California hosted an interfaith art exhibit May, 2013 in Oakland, CA, curated by members of Christian, Jewish and Islamic groups, according to an article published May 9, 2013 by the San Jose Mercury News. The show is also featured in an article published on the website of Montclair Presbyterian Church. Accessed 1/23

Michael Rakowitz - Nimrud is a 2020 exhibit at Wellin Museum at Hamilton College which says: "Recently, Iraqi-American visual artist Michael Rakowitz (born New York City 1973) has turned to Nimrud's hallmark, the Northwest Palace, constructed by Ashurnasirpal II between 883 and 859 BCE, in his ongoing effort to complicate the narrative around cultural patrimony, especially as it pertains to the Middle East."   Accessed 3/21



Encyclopedia of Arab American Artists, by Fayeq Oweis (Google eBook). ABC-CLIO, 2008 - 306 pages. The rich history and culture of the Arab American people is found in the passionate works of its artists. Whether they be traditional media such as painting and calligraphy, or more sophisticated media such as digital work and installation, the pieces represent the beauty of heritage, the struggles of growing up in war-torn countries, the identity conflicts of female artists in male-dominated societies, and the issues surrounding migration to a Western culture very different from one's own. Book information courtesy of Google Books.


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