IFA Guest Lecture with Ridha Moumni Associate Researcher, Institut de Recherche sur le Maghreb Contemporain (IRMC, Tunis)

23 Feb

European Art in Tunisian Palaces (1837-1881)

Monday, March 6, 2017
6:00 PM in the Lecture Hall
The Institute of Fine Arts, New York University
1 East 78th Street

Please note that seating in the Lecture Hall is on a first-come, first-served basis with RSVP. There will be a simulcast in an adjacent room to accommodate overflow. Latecomers are not guaranteed a seat.

About the Lecture: On the occasion of the groundbreaking exhibition L’éveil d’une nation (“The Awakening of a Nation”), held in Tunisia in 2016-17, curator and historian Ridha Moumni will speak about the extensive political and social changes Tunisia experienced during the Great Reforms (1837-1881) and the impact these changes had on art, architecture, and material culture. The mid-nineteenth century was marked by the decline of the Ottoman presence in Tunisia and a concurrent rise in influence from Europe, particularly from France, which shared a common border after the conquest of Algeria. The construction and decoration of new palace complexes reflected the growing economic and cultural influence from Europe as well as the evolving tastes of a new class of Tunisian dignitaries. The result was a cosmopolitan eclecticism, on display at the recent exhibition, that testified to the transformation of Tunisian society prior to its colonization by France in 1881.

Photo Credit: Louis Simil, Sadok Bey, 1859,
Department of State, Washington, D.C.


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