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Mehri Khalil

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From “Islamic Art” to “Arab Lands, Turkey, Iran, Central Asia and Later South Asia”: Reliving the Distortions of History

[Gallery 453: Iran and Central Asia (9th-13th centuries) of the Metropolitan Museum of Art's Galleries of Arab Lands, Turkey, Iran, Central Asia, and Later South Asia. Image copyright The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York.]

This is the exceptional collection in all America, and it is being neglected. I urge you to make the reinstallation of Islam your highest priority. If you were to create an Islamic wing, you’d find that our holdings – splendid bronzes, excellent silver, majestic tiles, gorgeous carpets, intricate woodcarving, masterful pottery, and glorious miniatures – would become as popular as the European paintings. You laugh? [1] These words were recollected by the influential former ...

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Mehri Khalil

Mehri Khalil is an arts administrator and exhibition designer. She received her BBA in Finance from the American University in Cairo with a double minor in art and mass communications. Mehri moved to Chicago in 2010 and received her master’s degree in Arts Administration and Policy in May 2012 from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

Mehri has a diverse background in art and has held positions in art consulting and research at non-profit and commercial venues in the US and Switzerland, in addition to interning in the development department of the Musée du Louvre. She is currently working for Hill-EHAF JV as an exhibition specialist on the Grand Egyptian Museum.