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Imagine Me and You: A Musical Encounter with the Islamic World [AT CAPACITY]

Bystanders watch a street procession of men playing different musical instruments.
Pieter Coecke van Aelst, Netherlandish, Customs and Fashions of the Turks (detail), 1553. Woodcut printed from 10 blocks on joined sheets of antique laid paper. Harvard Art Museums/Fogg Museum, Acquisition Fund for Prints, 2011.11.


Harvard Art Museums
32 Quincy Street, Cambridge, MA

This event is at capacity.

This event requires registration; see further details below.

Join us in the Calderwood Courtyard for an evening of music inspired by the art and culture of the Ottoman, Safavid and Mughal empires (1450–1750). Performances will be led by musicians from Harvard University and the New England Conservatory.

This concert is held in conjunction with the exhibition Imagine Me and You: Dutch and Flemish Encounters with the Islamic World, 1450–1750 (May 18–August 18, 2024), which explores the rich and diverse encounters that occurred between artists from the Low Countries (part of the Habsburg Empire) and the multicultural, multilingual, and multifaith societies of the Ottoman, Safavid, and Mughal empires from 1450 to 1750. A myriad of cultural, diplomatic, and mercantile interactions took place during this time, either in person or through the exchange of objects, art, and ideas. The exhibition traces these multiple encounters through the world of Netherlandish artworks and their varied representations of the Islamic realm.

We look forward to welcoming you to this musical encounter with the Islamic world.

Nima Janmohammadi, New England Conservatory Faculty Member
Masoud Ariankhoo, Ph.D. candidate, Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations, Harvard University
Tulaib Zafir, Ph.D. candidate, Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations, Harvard University
Jamail Khan, M.T.S. candidate, Harvard Divinity School, Harvard University
Arzu Eylul Yalcinkaya, Visiting Scholar, Center for Middle Eastern Studies, Harvard University
Volkan Efe, School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, Harvard University

The performances will take place in the Calderwood Courtyard from 6:30–7:15pm. Doors will open at 6pm. Guests are invited to visit the exhibition on Level 3 beginning at 6pm and until 8pm.

Free admission, but seating is limited and registration is required. You can register by clicking on the event on this form beginning Tuesday, May 14, after 10am.

Limited complimentary parking is available in the Broadway Garage, 7 Felton Street, Cambridge.

The Harvard Art Museums are now offering free admission every day, Tuesday through Sunday. Please see the museum visit page to learn about our general policies for visiting the museums.

Support for this event is provided by the Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal Islamic Studies Program at Harvard University.

Support for Imagine Me and You: Dutch and Flemish Encounters with the Islamic World, 1450–1750 is provided by the Stanley H. Durwood Foundation Support Fund and the Melvin R. Seiden and Janine Luke Fund for Publications and Exhibitions. Related programming is supported by the M. Victor Leventritt Lecture Series Endowment Fund.

The Harvard Art Museums are committed to accessibility for all visitors. For anyone requiring accessibility accommodations for our programs, please contact us at at least 48 hours in advance.