Dr. Ulrike Al-Khamis of Aga Khan Museum in Toronto on Islamic Art, Transformation & Connecting Cultures
Dr. Ulrike Al-Khamis is Director of Collections & Public Programs at the Aga Khan Museum in Toronto, which offers unique insights and new perspectives into Islamic civilizations and the cultural threads that weave through history binding us all together. She has over 20 years of experience as a curator and senior advisor for museum and cultural projects, including roles with the National Museums of Scotland and Glasgow. More recently Ulrike served as Co-Director at the Sharjah Museum of Islamic Civilization as well as Senior Strategic Advisor to the Sharjah Museums Department in the United Arab Emirates.
As Director of Collections and Public Programs, Ulrike is responsible for overseeing all of the Museum’s activities related to collection management, academic research, exhibitions, public programming, and performing arts initiatives.
I know you’ll enjoy this conversation with Ulrike, which spans the definition of Islamic Art, an exploration of some of the Islamic culture’s colorful spring traditions, and the role of art and museums as catalysts for connecting cultures, and transforming challenging experiences such as displacement and racism into inspiring music, spoken word, and dance.
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