Love Speaks

Love Speaks: A Day of Art and Poetry from the Muslim World

Nizami (Ilyas Abu Muhammad Nizam al-Din of Ganja) (probably 1141–1217), "Marriage of Khusrau and Shirin," Folio from a Khamsa (Quintet) of Nizami (detail), A.H. 931/A.D. 1524–25.

Sunday, May 11, 2014, 3:00–4:30 p.m.

Poets and scholars respond to the theme of love in art and poetry in the Muslim world. Presentation by Frances Pritchett, Professor Emerita of Modern Indic Languages, Department of Middle Eastern, South Asian, and African Studies, Columbia University. Poetry readings by Kazim Ali, Meena Alexander, and Marie Howe, New York State Poet Laureate.

This program is a part of Love Speaks: A Day of Art and Poetry from the Muslim World, an exploration of the many facets of love through poetry performances, workshops, and artist demonstrations in the New Galleries for the Art of the Arab Lands, Turkey, Iran, Central Asia, and Later South Asia. Co-organized with Poets House and City Lore.

Made possible by the Doris Duke Foundation for Islamic Art.

Above: Nizami (Ilyas Abu Muhammad Nizam al-Din of Ganja) (probably 1141–1217). Marriage of Khusrau and Shirin, Folio from a Khamsa (Quintet) of Nizami (detail), a.h. 931/a.d. 1524–25. Ink, opaque watercolor, and gold on paper. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, Gift of Alexander Smith Cochran, 1913 (

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Honoré Daumier  (French, 1808–1879) | A Theater Audience (detail), 19th century | 1972.118.203

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