7 October–5 December 1982
Tulips, Arabesques, and Turbans: Decorative Arts from the Ottoman Empire consists of ceramics, metalware, textiles, paintings, and calligraphy from the 16th and 17th centuries, when Turkish artistic culture was at its peak. The bold and monumental style of this period, strong in color and vigorous in design, is clearly apparent in this exhibition. First exhibited at Leighton House, London by Yanni Petsopoulos this event was brought to the University of Chicago by the Center for Middle Eastern Studies, by the Art Institute of Chicago, and by several private collections. A special day-long symposium and a series of film screenings accompanied the exhibition.
Curator: Richard A. Born, Curator of the Gallery, in collaboration with John Carswell, Curator of the Oriental Institute Museum, University of Chicago.
Funding was provided in part by the Harold T. Martin Fund, the Smart Family Foundation Fund, and the Illinois Arts Council.