The University of Lynchburg has canceled all events through early April due to the progression of the worldwide pandemic, COVID-19 (coronavirus). The Daura Gallery is therefore closed until further notice. We will do our best to keep you apprised and to let you know when we are able to reopen.
The Daura Gallery presents stimulating, innovative, and inclusive programs and exhibitions that enhance the academic curriculum, emphasize cross-cultural understanding, provide broad educational experiences, and support collaborative and interdisciplinary opportunities to meet the academic needs of the University and enhance visitors’ experiences.
Geometric Aljamia: a Cultural Transliteration
January 21 – April 10
Opening reception: January 21, 4-6 p.m.
By addressing the fundamental geometry embedded in two-dimensional art, this exhibition acknowledges hybrid connections between Europe, the Mediterranean basin, and the Middle East. In the past, aljamia played a significant role in preserving Islam and the Arabic language in the West. By understanding the visual arts as a transliteration of one form of thinking to another, this exhibition revisits the ongoing impact of Islamic art, science, and philosophy throughout the world today. The exhibition of paper cut installations by artists from the U.S., Canada, Dubai, and Afghanistan examines an extended cross-cultural integration of the arts into life.
- Opening Reception – Geometric Aljamía: a Cultural Transliteration [in italics] – January 21, 4 – 6 p.m.
- Mindfulness at the Museum: Quiet Hours – Every Friday during an exhibition, 2 – 4 p.m.
- Volunteer Interest Session – January 31, 10 a.m.
- Third Thursdays – February 20, 4 – 9 p.m. & March 19, 4 – 6 p.m.
- Lecture – “Situating Islamic Art: Particular Symbolism with Universal Resonance” – February 25, 6:30 p.m.
- Kids’ Art Adventure – February 29, 11 a.m.
- Film Screening: The Destruction of Memory – March 4, 7 p.m.
- Norouz Celebration (Persian New Year) – March 27, 4:30 – 6:30 p.m.
Special weekend hours: Saturday, April 4, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Photography by members of the public for personal, non-commercial use, using handheld cameras is permitted. The use of flash, movie/video cameras, supplemental lights, tripods, or selfie-sticks are not permitted. No professional photographs may be made without written permission of the Daura Gallery and lenders.