Striking out on my own today, I spent some serious time at the
The same arguments could be made, on both sides, for the Egyptian, Assyrian and Roman collections. Don’t pieces of this magnitude belong in their own countries? Is it fair that museums in
There is one incredible advantage to having all of this together in one building. I know so much about the history of each civilization that I chose to disregard that knowledge. I wandered without much intent, trying to soak everything in. I wanted the magnitude of history to wash over me without expectation. Doing this I was able to see parallels and make connections between cultures and times that would not be possible if all of this had not been brought together in one building. I was entranced by what I saw. Contemporary Islamic calligraphy is strikingly similar to ancient Korean text and Assyrian carvings. Words expressed throughout history, often in a religious context, is something I was drawn to again and again.
I also found myself drawn into details. That is where I found beauty.
One of my favorite collections was the temporary exhibition, “Word Into Art: Artists of the Modern Middle East.”