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Friday, 26 February, 2010 2:01 AM

PHOTOS: New Islamic Art Gallery at the Detroit Institute of Arts

 

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DIA Director Graham W. J. Beal addresses the media during a press conference on Feb. 24, 2010.

 

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"The DIA has a long history of exhibiting Islamic art," Beal said.

 

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Dr. Heather Ecker is the Curator of Islamic Art at the DIA.

 

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"We have a section on Ottoman art," Ecker said. "The Ottoman Empire was not only vast, but also greatly connected to trade routes and commerce in Europe."

 

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AmericaJR.com's Garrett Godwin interviews DIA Director Graham W. J. Beal.

 

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"As we approached our self-imposed deadline in November 2007, we realized that we were not going to make it," Beal said. "We were not going to have all of the galleries ready. We decided to postpone the Asian collections. This is the first installment of the Asian collections."

 

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