ZU hosts Henry S. Kim at CACE Distinguished Lecture Series

  • Wednesday 30, October 2019 01:36 PM
Sharjah 24: Zayed University’s (ZU) College of Arts and Creative Enterprises (CACE) hosted Henry S. Kim, the director of the Aga Khan Museum in Toronto on 27 October 2019 to kick off this academic year’s CACE Distinguished Lecture Series. Students from CACE, along with other ZU community members attended the lecture.
CACE Student Council president introduced Mr. Kim to the audience. Students who are currently studying in four majors were eager to learn more about the Museum and their programming. The engaging lecture introduced the audience to the Museum, its Islamic Art Collection, Fumihiko Maki's design for the Museum and key highlights of its exhibition programming.

Mr. Kim joined the Aga Khan Museum that is located in Toronto in 2012 and was responsible for building the Museum’s professional team and public program strategy in preparation for its opening in September 2014. An ancient historian and classical archaeologist by training, Mr. Kim joined the Aga Khan Museum from the University of Oxford where he taught, curated collections and managed capital projects at the Ashmolean Museum from 1994 to 2012. Educated at Harvard and Oxford, he served as curator of Greek coins and university lecturer in Greek numismatics at the university.

The Museum has a large collection of historical Islamic art that is on display in the galleries. It also organizes exhibitions, such as the current presentation of ‘Caravans of Gold, Fragments in Time: Art, Culture, and Exchange Across Medieval Saharan Africa’. However, the collection also includes works of contemporary art and the Museum has held exhibitions like ‘Skate Girls of Kabul’ and ‘Home Ground: Contemporary Art from the Barjeel Art Foundation,’.

Kevin Badni, Dean of the CACE, said: “Our CACE Distinguished Lecture Series provides students an opportunity to learn from local, regional and international experts in the fields of Art and Design. It provides them with a more interactive learning experience that connects to their studies about art and architecture of the Islamic world. The opportunity to host the Director of the Aga Khan Museum opens a discussion of the role of Islamic Art in comparison to the work our students are exploring in their artistic endeavours. We hope that this lecture further encourages our students’ curiosity of the ancient world.”

Henry S. Kim commented: “It’s exciting to be here collaborating with CACE and exploring art together. I believe it’s important for us all to seek connections between cultures, periods, and peoples, because when it comes to looking at the arts what is enriching is understanding how peoples came together to create something unique, exciting, and absolutely captivating.