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Los Angeles County Museum of Art (Los Angeles, CA 90036-4504)
Linda Komaroff (Project Director: September 2020 to present)
Dining with the Sultan: The Fine Art of Feasting at the Islamic Courts

Implementation of a traveling exhibition on the arts of Islamic courtly dining culture from the eighth through the nineteenth centuries, including a catalog and public programs.

The Los Angeles County Museum of Art requests a $400,000 grant to support the implementation of Dining with the Sultan: The Fine Art of Feasting at the Islamic Courts, premiering at LACMA April - September 2023 before traveling to the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. Organized by Dr. Linda Komaroff, Curator of Islamic Art, Dining with the Sultan will be the first museum exhibition to explore Islamic visual culture in the context of its related culinary and dining traditions. The exhibition will include more than 200 works from 25 public and private collections spanning the 8th through 19th centuries, including metalwork, ceramics, enameled glass, textiles, and illustrated manuscripts depicting food preparation and dining. Along with its catalogue and programming, Dining with the Sultan will make important contributions to scholarship in multiple humanities fields and will increase audiences’ understanding of the art and culture of the Islamic world and its diverse peoples and traditions.

Project fields:
Arts, General

Exhibitions: Implementation

Public Programs

$400,000 (approved)
$400,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
7/1/2021 – 6/30/2025