DAHESH MUSEUM OF ART PROMOTES ALIA NOUR TO FULL CURATOR

New York, July 2, 2014 – Alia Nour, who has served as Associate Curator to the Dahesh Museum of Art since 2011, has been promoted to Curator.  Nour first joined the Dahesh in 2008, as Assistant Curator.  She recently co-curated the successful Sacred Visions: Nineteenth-Century Biblical Art from the Dahesh Museum Collection, exhibited at the Museum of Biblical Art (MOBIA), which featured some 30 works from the Dahesh collection. 

 Alia Nour has a Bachelor in Middle Eastern Studies from the American University in Cairo, a Masters in Museum Studies from Seton Hall University N.J., a Masters in Art History from Rutgers University N.J., and, currently, she is a PhD candidate in Art History at Rutgers University, N.J.  Her research focuses on the cultural exchange between France and Egypt, artistic production, and Egyptian national identity in the late 19th and early 20th centuries.  Her Masters theses were The Making of the Dahesh Museum of Art: An Account of Its Founding, Ten-Year History, Its Academic Art Collection, and Exhibitions (Seton Hall), and, Egypt Through the Lens of Pascal Sébah’s Commercial Photographs 1860s-1880s (Rutgers).

 In addition to the exhibition at MOBIA, she has curated several exhibitions including Becoming an Artist: The Academy in 19th-Century France, Dahesh Museum of Art at the Palitz Gallery, Lubin House, Syracuse University, New York City, 2010; Reconnecting East & West: Islamic Ornament in 19th-Century Works from the Dahesh Museum of Art and Syracuse University, Dubai Community Theatre & Arts Centre, Dubai, United Arab Emirates, 2011; Encountering the Orient: Masterworks from the Dahesh Museum of Art at Christie’s New York, 2013; and, co-curated Rediscovering Egypt: The Collection of the Dahesh Museum of Art at the Baker Museum, Naples, Florida, 2014.  She recently prepared Academic Splendor: 101 Masterpieces from the Dahesh Museum of Art, due to be published in 2014.

 “This promotion acknowledges Alia’s significant accomplishments and her key role to our collection,” said J. David Farmer, Director of Exhibitions.  “We will rely on Alia’s expertise as the Dahesh continues to evolve in the future.”

 About the Dahesh Museum of Art
The Dahesh Museum of Art is the only institution in the United States devoted to collecting, exhibiting, and interpreting works by Europe and America’s academically trained artists of the 19th and early 20th centuries. The Dahesh serves a diverse audience by placing these artists in the broader context of 19th-century visual culture, and by offering a fresh appraisal of the role academies played in reinvigorating the classical ideals of beauty, humanism, and skill.  Visit us at:  http://www.daheshmuseum.org.

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