Gallery 344

Dana Awartani, “Octahedron within a Cube from the Platonic Solid Duals Series” (detail)

Infinite Present

Revelations from Islamic Design in Contemporary Art 

On View: September 17 - November 30, 2018 

Opening Reception: Monday, September 17, 6-8PM

Curated by Marie Costello


Yasmina Alaoui
Nasser Al Aswadi
Dana Awartani
Kamal Boullata
Lalla Essaydi
Golnaz Fathi
Pouran Jinchi
Rashid Koraïchi
Peter J. Lu
Nja Mahdaoui
Hassan Massoudy
Walid Siti
Abdulla M. I. Syed

The exhibition, curated by Marie Costello, is a presentation and celebration of some of the cutting-edge artists of today that use the Islamic motifs of geometry and calligraphy in their art. The artists are international in scope, and many are global as they live in multiple countries and cultures. The work explores traditional and non-traditional meanings of these motifs and ultimately reveals the resiliency of these forms and their ability to communicate universally.  Cambridge Arts’ Gallery 344 is a particularly apt setting for visitors to explore these artists and their enlightened visions to create bridges across cultures.

Infinite Present Event Schedule

Thursday, October 18, 2018, 6:00 - 8:00pm: Decagonal and Quasicrystalline Geometry in Medieval Islamic Architecture and Beyond | Peter J. Lu, a Post-Doctor Fellow at Harvard University will discuss connections between Islamic tile design and mathematical formulas.

Saturday, October 20, 2018, 10:00am - 12:00pm: Family Day | Tours of the exhibition paired with an art activity that explores patterns and calligraphy. 

Download a PDF of the Infinite Present catalog here.

Gallery 344 is free and open to the public.

Gallery 344
Cambridge Arts Council
City Hall Annex, 344 Broadway, 2nd Floor, Cambridge, MA

Gallery hours
Monday 8:30am - 8:00pm
Tuesday - Thursday 8:30am - 5:00pm
Friday 8:30am - 12:00pm
Saturday - Sunday closed

Cambridge Arts Council Public Art Program

In accordance with Cambridge's Public Art Program, one percent of construction costs for capital improvements is designated to support the inclusion of integrated, site-responsive public art. Since 1979, over 200 artworks have been commissioned into the Cambridge Public Art Collection for the enjoyment of all who live, work and visit the city.