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Make Night: Inscribing the Self, Islamic Calligraphy


Thursday, December 17, 2015


06:00 PM–09:00 PM

Registration Ended

Make Night: Inscribing the Self, Islamic Calligraphy

Led by calligrapher Manzar Moghbeli and inspired by Pearls on a String: Artists, Patrons, and Poets at the Great Islamic Courts, the second installment of this three-part workshop series explores the history of the written word and its relationship to art, from the eras of the Persian Empire through the present. Participants will learn a brief history of Persian calligraphy and will practice the basics of writing the Persian alphabet in the Nasta‘liq script. Participants are encouraged to use their marbled paper from the first workshop.

Manzar Moghbeli studied calligraphy with master calligrapher Mohamed Zakariya, receiving her ijazet in Nasta‘liq in Istanbul in 2013. She combines her work in calligraphy, metalsmithing, and jewelry design to design and gold leaf the frames for her calligraphy. She is a member of the Washington Calligraphers’ Guild and the Baltimore Gem Cutters Guild. Manzar was born in Tehran, Iran, and currently resides in Baltimore with her husband and three children.

Make Night is a unique, dynamic museum program blending good wine and craft beer, great company, and fantastic art-making experiences led by local creative minds. Pre-registration required. Each Make Night includes one drink ticket.

Buy tickets for all three Inscribing the Self workshops and receive a discount (while supplies last).

This program was also made possible by a grant from the Maryland Humanities Council, through support from the National Endowment for the Humanities. Any views, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in these programs do not necessarily represent those of the National Endowment for the Humanities or the Maryland Humanities Council.