MISAQ-E-ISHQ (THE COVENANT OF LOVE)
Date: Aug 19, 2018 06:00PM Price: $40
Includes same-day Museum admission
“Misaq-e-Ishq is an exploration through poetry and music of the dialogue between humanity and divinity.”– Ali Sethi
Dr. Ali S. Asani, Harvard professor, and Ali Sethi, writer and Coke Studio singer, with Noah Georgeson, Grammy-winning musician and producer, chart the evolution of the love metaphor in Indo-Muslim Sufi thought via the poetry of a range of languages, regions, and eras.
This captivating music and poetry event pays tribute to Sufi poets and visionaries including Amir Khusrow, Faiz Ahmed Faiz, Shams Sabzwari, as well as to humanist and mystic Moinuddin Chishti, who preached devotion to humankind as a pathway to the divine.
With Asani reciting poetry, and award-winning musicians Sethi and Georgeson leading the accompanying soundtrack, a “galaxy of radical ideas come to light.”
Join Diaspora Dialogues and for a Literary Walking Tour through the Aga Khan Museum led by poet and author Sheniz Janmohamed and Aga Khan Museum Educator Laboni Islam.
On Sunday, August 12, 2018, poet and author Sheniz Janmohamed and Aga Khan Museum Educator Laboni Islam will guide a Literary Walking Tour through the Aga Khan Museum. Take in the artistic, intellectual, and scientific heritage of Muslim civilizations across the centuries while enjoying a sensory walk with prompts and room for reflection—don’t forget your comfortable shoes.
“Caravans of Gold” is the first major art exhibition to address the global reach of West Africa in the medieval period. The exhibition will open at the Northwestern Block Museum of Art in January 2019 before traveling to the Aga Khan Museum in Toronto (Fall 2019) and the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African Art in Washington, D.C. (Spring 2020).
Aga Khan Museum welcomes Sri Lankan-born chef to Diwan Restaurant
Shen Ousmand infuses dishes with the flavours of Colombo
As part of its diverse program of culturally enriching experiences, the Aga Khan Museum is pleased to welcome Sri Lankan-born chef Shen Ousmand of the McEwan Group to Diwan Restaurant.
Chef Shen brilliantly blends his rich culinary heritage with his experience to make fine dining a social event at Diwan. To shape his new menu, he called upon his formative years in Sri Lanka as well as two years catering the museum’s private events.
TRANSFORMING TRADITIONS: THE ARTS OF 19TH-CENTURY IRAN
Sep 22, 2018 - Feb 03, 2019
Caught between the desire to maintain time-honoured local traditions and the increasing need to engage with ever more pervasive outside influences and currents of innovation, Transforming Traditions: The Arts of 19th-Century Iran tells powerful stories through artworks created under the Qajar dynasty between 1785 and 1925.
The exhibition brings together rare portraits, paintings, lacquerware, lithographed manuscripts, photographs, musical instruments, and textiles from
a host of prominent international and national collection
For our 4th Annual Lecture, join us as we welcome internationally renowned artist and global thinker, eL Seed, as he talks to us about his personal experience during his public art projects all around the world and how art became a pretext for amazing human experiences. From the streets of Paris and New York, to the Favelas of Rio De Janeiro and the slums of Cape Town, his contemporary approach aims to bring people, cultures and generations together.
Aga Khan Museum continues to challenge and inspire with artist eL Seed
In a world of increasing division, artist eL Seed presents a rare opportunity to bring people together. A French artist of Tunisian descent, he blends Arabic calligraphy and graffiti (in a style dubbed ‘calligraffiti’), creating mesmerizing large scale public murals that transcend borders, language and culture. And in a one-day exclusive engagement, he will bring his global insight to the Aga Khan Museum and share his experiences of using art to bridge perceived divides.
Jahangir was a very fancy man, even for an emperor. In the many portraits of him commissioned during his reign, the 17th-century Mughal ruler is rarely depicted without a neck full of pearls and jewelled pendants, a turban adorned with emeralds and rubies, and a gilded sword by his side.
One such painting greets visitors to Emperors & Jewels, an exhibition at Toronto’s Aga Khan Museum that explores the Mughals’ spectacular traditions of adornment. The exhibit (which runs through Jan. 27) focuses on the Mughals, warrior-kings who ruled India from the 16th to 19th centuries, and the complex, codified ways they decorated themselves. It also offers lessons for men looking to introduce jewellery to their wardrobes in 2018.
The Aga Khan Museum invites guests to a performance featuring tabla master Pandit Anindo Chatterjee and his son, Anubrata, who will summon centuries of their musical lineage dating back to the Mughul era. Toronto-based harmonium player Hardeep Chana will accompany the duo, and local trio Near East and special guest vocalist Shirshendu Mukherjee will open. 7 pm. $30-$40.
BETWEEN "EAST" AND "WEST": ART OF QAJAR IRAN (1875-1925) WITH DR. LAYLA DIBA
Date: Sun, Sep 23, 2018 02:00PM
Price: $20, $18 Friends, $12 students and seniors
Includes same-day Museum admission
Join scholar, art advisor, and curator Dr. Layla Diba as she deconstructs what "East and West" meant during Iran's Qajar dynasty. Making connections to the Aga Khan Museum’s Permanent Collection, she provides an illustrated exploration into royal images, landscapes, and photographs that help contextualize this remarkable era.
2018, September 21: PRIVATE EVENT: Prince Amyn Aga Khan, brother of Mowlana Hazar Imam, attends the Aga Khan Museum Lapis Ball this Friday, September 21, 2018 in Toronto, Canada at 6pm. Reception, Performances, Dinner Black Tie and Traditional Dress.
The CAFTCAD Awards: First Ever Canada-Wide Costume Arts And Design Awards To Be Held In Toronto In 2019
Alex Kavanagh, President of The Canadian Alliance of Film & Television Costume Arts & CaftDesign (CAFTCAD) and Joanna Syrokomla, Chairman of the event, are delighted to announce that the CAFTCAD Awards will take place on Sunday, February 10, 2019. The venue for the awards will be the Aga Khan Museum in Toronto.
“The Aga Khan Museum houses rare masterpieces of textile, colour, and art, and its vast collection mirrors the quality of artistic design we will be celebrating at the CAFTCAD Awards. The glass jewel box of the atrium with its dramatic nighttime lighting will be a perfect showcase for the nominated costumes on display for our guests, while the intimate auditorium brings a warmth to the evening’s award show,” said Syrokomla.
The Citizens Foundation (TCF) Canada is pleased to host a spectacular evening with the Oscar and Emmy award-winning Director, Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy, for the screening of her documentary, “Song of Lahore.”
DATE AND TIME
Fri, 12 October 2018 6:00 PM – 10:00 PM EDT
All-night celebration of art, storytelling, comedy and music performances by Javid Jah, Simin Keramati, Bernice, Ziibiwan, Narcy, Pantayo and Obuxum that will illuminate the cross-cultural interactions that shape Toronto. Sep 29 from 7 pm-7 am, Sep 30. Free.
What happens when foreign influences come knocking on your door? Do you turn your back and hold your traditions more tightly? Or do you find a way to adapt new ways and form a unique cultural hybrid?
Those questions, faced by many societies throughout history, are examined within a Middle Eastern context in an intriguing new exhibition at Toronto’s Aga Khan Museum.
Transforming Traditions: The Arts of 19th-Century Iran captures the country at a time when it was being pulled by outside forces, both Western and Asian, even as it sought to consolidate its territories and identity. The resulting conflict is writ large in the fascinating arts and crafts produced under the Qajar dynasty (1794–1925).
On September 22–23, 2018, Patrons' Circle supporters of the Aga Khan Museum came from around the world to attend our second annual Patrons' Appreciation Days. During these two days, Patrons participated in a number of exclusive activities and events, including behind-the-scenes talks, lectures with special guests, intimate performances, excursions, and the celebration of the opening of our newest exhibition, Transforming Traditions: The Arts of 19th-Century Iran.
The Patrons’ Circle supporters of the Aga Khan Museum are a highly engaged group whose invaluable generosity profoundly impacts the Museum’s mission to connect cultures through the arts through our exhibitions, performing arts series, and education programs.
Time to Grow
10 November 2018, The Aga Khan Museum, Toronto, Canada
Harnessing the collective wisdom and experience of thought, business and change leaders, Time to Grow (TTG) is a leadership and knowledge sharing conference that will stimulate how we think about different aspects of our lives. Focusing on our personal and professional leadership, this event is designed to share perspectives that will help us become better at what we do every day. Partly inspirational, partly aspirational and very definitely emotional, our time together will change the way we look at things.
The World of Jahanara explores the inner life of Jahanara Akhlaq, a 24-year-old Kathak dancer, who, in her brief life, had fearlessly begun to make her mark in the dance world and envisioned a career in Canada.
Rhythmic and lyrical, Kathak is an elegant dance form that revolves around the concept of storytelling.
Explore bravery, beauty, and a broad variety of flamenco music and dance when the Aga Khan Museum presents locally and internationally acclaimed artists during our fourth annual Duende: Flamenco Festival.
OF HISTORICITY AND HISTORICAL (UN)TRUTH IN CONTEMPORARY IRANIAN ART WITH DR. TALINN GRIGOR
Date: Sun, Nov 18, 2018 01:00PM
Price: $20, $18 Friends, $12 students and seniors
Includes same-day Museum admission
Join Dr. Talinn Grigor as she explores the visual culture of the Qajar and Pahlavi eras. By examining the role historicity played in contemporary Iranian aesthetics and art practices, Dr. Talinn Grigor will open your eyes to a narrative filled with historical truth and myth, shaped by the diverse Iranian diasporas around the globe. Experience both the truths and untruths through the rich and diverse stories of Iranian identity.
California and New York visitors to the Aga Khan Museum and Ismaili Centre, Toronto
"I had previously read some of the speeches of His Highness the Aga Khan regarding religious pluralism and interfaith relations. However, visiting the Ismaili Centre in Toronto was a physical manifestation of the Aga Khan's embrace of artistic excellence, modernity, and the search for God."
Donald E. Miller, Leonard K. Firestone Professor of Religion, Center for Religion and Civic Culture, University of Southern California (USC)
USC's Don Miller, together with Ken Chasen, Senior Rabbi of Leo Baeck Temple in Los Angeles, Samira Saleh, current President of the Pakistan Arts Council of the USC Pacific Asia Museum, and Sarah Sayeed, Senior Advisor in the Community Affairs Unit of the Mayor's Office of New York City and responsible for citywide Muslim engagement and facilitating culturally responsive agency outreach, visited the Aga Khan Museum and the Ismaili Centre Toronto, on the weekend of October 13-14, 2018. They were accompanied by Suraiya Ali and Raheem Haji, from the Ismaili Councils for the Western and Northeastern United States respectively.
"We were an odd trio of California guests to the Toronto Centre—a Rabbi, a Sunni Muslim, and a liberal Episcopalian layman," reflects Prof. Miller, adding that "It was obviously the warm embrace of religious pluralism by the Ismaili tradition that honored our differences, while simultaneously enabling us to see our spiritual commonalities and connections."
The group was in Toronto to view the Ismaili Centre and the collection of the Aga Khan Museum, where they also attended a concert by Yazz Ahmed, a British-Bahraini trumpet player, jazz musician, and composer, who has released two celebrated albums. She combines electronic effects with music from her mixed heritage to create intoxicating Arabic psychedelic jazz. Special guest Kamancello opened the evening with an improvised performance rooted in traditional cello and kamancheh (a Persian spike fiddle) music.
The visitors had an opportunity to meet with Dr. Henry Kim, the Museum's Director and were fascinated by the objects on exhibit as they were given a guided tour.
'3D Projection Spectacular' among December attractions at Aga Khan Museum
This December, the Aga Khan Museum transforms the perception that museums are only places for dusty artifacts, when its exterior walls become a massive canvas for Light up the Dark: A 3-D Projection Spectacular.
This video show goes beyond the typical holiday light display by using a technology called projection mapping, which will turn the museum’s white granite walls into a 53 m x 13 m screen where art comes to life.
You might see a flower from a 12th-century painting blossom across the walls, or the building’s granite blocks might slide open to reveal a scene from 16th century India, or you might a catch one of the museum’s recent live flamenco performances projected in a hologram-like style.
Curator for the project Amirali Alibhai, head of performing arts, says it’s a way for the museum to combine both the tangible items in the collection with the intangible quality of the museum’s mission — to connect cultures through art.
“It’s like the walls open,” says Alibhai, “making what is contained inside visible outside, showing a range of art, performances, and programming.”
The show runs Dec. 27-30 and organizers invite visitors to warm up inside with hot drinks, and to enjoy three more free displays on throughout the month.
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