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Islamic Art at National Gallery
"PALACE AND MOSQUB: ISLAMIC ART FROM THE VICTORIA AND ALBERT MUSEUM," featuring over 100 works from one of the most renowned Islamic art collections in the world, will remain on view through FEB. 6 at the East Building of the National Gallery of Art, located in Washington, DC at 6th St. and Constitution Ave., NW. The exhibition's themes include "The Written Word," featuring calligraphy from the 10th to 18th century; "Courts and Courtiers," featuring art made for the secular realm of the ruling elite; "Mosques, Shrines, and Churches," examining works created for religious establishments; and "Artistic Exchange," including works of Islamic, European, and Chinese manufacture. The exhibition, sponsored in Washington by H.R.H. Prince Bandar bin Sultan, ambassador of Saudi Arabia to the United States, and on its international tour by Mohammed Jameel, benefactor of the Victoria and Albert's Jameel Gallery of Islamic Art, subsequently will travel to the Kimbell Art Museum in Fort Worth, Texas, (APRIL 3SEPT. 4, 2005); Tokyo's Setagaya Art Museum (Od. 22-DEC. 11, 2005; and the Millennium Galleries, Sheffield, JAN. 14-Apun. 16, 2006). For additonal information call the National Gallery at (202) 737-4215.
Middle East Films at National Gallery
In conjunction with the above exhibition, the National Gallery will present in January the second part of its film series, "FROM THE LANDS OF ABRAHAM." The series has been organized in association with the exhibition "Palace and Mosque; Islamic Art from the Victoria and Albert Museum." on JAN. 8, 9, 15, 16 AND 30. The films, all screened in the East Building auditorium, include "Edward Said: The Last Interview" (JAN. 8 AT 2:30); Afghanistan's "Earth and Ashes" (JAN. 9 AT 4); "Turn Left at the End of the World," about a Moroccan and Indian family living in a remote Israeli town (JAN. 15 AT 2:30); from Palestine, "Rana's Wedding" and "Ford Transit" (JAN. 16 AT 4); and, from Tunisia, "The Bookstore," (JAN. 30 AT 4). For more information, call (202) 842-6272.
Iranian Film Festival
The Smithsonian's Freer Gallery of Art, located on the National Mall at 12th St. and Jefferson Dr., NW, will hold its ninth annual festival of Iranian films JAN. 7-FEB 6. …