Geometric Aljamía: A Cultural Transliteration

  • Presented By: Howard County Arts Council
  • Dates: August 29, 2020 - October 3, 2020
  • Recurrence: Recurring weekly on Saturday
  • Phone: (410) 313-2787
  • Time: 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM
  • Price: Free

Since ancient times, geometric perfection (circle, square, and triangle) has been thought to convey sacred and secular truths by reflecting the fractal interconnections of the natural world. The artists in this exhibit explore geometry as a fundamental aspect of art and as a way to communicate universal ideas across cultures. Aljamía is a medieval Spanish word that refers to Romance languages written in Arabic script. This transliteration contributed to the dissemination of the Arabic language and Islamic influences throughout the Iberian Peninsula and beyond. By understanding the arts as a transliteration of one form of thinking to another and addressing the fundamental patterns embedded in visual art, Geometric Aljamía revisits the ongoing impact of Islamic art, science, and philosophy throughout the world today.

The artists featured in Geometric Aljamía are Mohammed Saleh Amin, Jorge Benitez, Reni Gower, Hanane Korchi, Tamim Sahebzada, and Julia Townsend.

Please note the Howard County Center for the Arts' fall hours, effective September 1: Tues & Thurs 1-7pm, Sat 10am-4pm. This exhibit may also be viewed online.

Geometric Aljamía: A Cultural Transliteration