Asia Society Texas

Curator Talk: Dr. Katherine Anne Paul

Saturday, Sep. 23, 2017 – Saturday, Sep. 23, 2017

11:00 AM – 12:30 PM

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Molded Luster Tile with Raised Braided Border and Cowherd Witnessing a Lion Attack a Calf Against a Floral Background, Iran, first half of the 13th century, Ceramic, glaze and paint, Gift of Mary Vanderpool Pennington, 1949 Howard W. Hayes Collection, Collection of the Newark Museum 49.503

This presentation of Wondrous Worlds will be discussed by guest curator Dr. Katherine Anne Paul. She will explore the diversity of the works in the exhibition and their profound significance. Light bites will be provided.

Related Event

Reception Celebrating Wondrous Worlds Exhibition
Thursday, September 21, 6:00-8:00 pm
Enjoy complimentary admission to the exhibition and a reception with light bites.

About the Exhibition

More than 100 works on display reflect aspects of faith, culture, and everyday life of Muslims across the world and throughout the ages. Works in the exhibition cover nearly all media, ranging from carpets to dress to jewelry, ceramics, glass, metal, paintings, prints, calligraphy and photographs. This exhibition will delight viewers with dazzling works that span over 1,400 years of artistry.

About the Guest Curator

Katherine Anne Paul is Curator of the Arts of Asia at the Newark Museum in Newark, New Jersey. Since her appointment in 2008, she has created eight temporary exhibitions (including Wondrous Worlds: Art & Islam through Time & Place) and re-installed twenty permanent galleries showcasing both traditional and contemporary art originating in different regions of Asia. This past spring, the Frist Center for the Visual Arts in Nashville, Tennessee commissioned one of her more recent exhibitions Secrets of Buddhist Art: Tibet, Japan and Korea. Previously Dr. Paul held posts at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the American Museum of Natural History in New York City, and the Textile Museum in Washington, DC. She lectures and publishes widely and holds a B.A. from Reed College and a Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. A Fulbright scholar, she has performed field research in twenty-four nations during the past twenty years.

This exhibition is organized by Newark Museum.

Nationally, the exhibition is funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities. Exhibitions at Asia Society Texas Center are presented by Wells Fargo. Major support comes from Chinhui Juhn and Eddie Allen, Nancy C. Allen, Leslie and Brad Bucher, the City of Houston through Houston Arts Alliance and the Anchorage Foundation. Generous funding also provided by The Clayton Fund, Kathy and Glen Gondo, Ann Wales, and through contributions from the Friends of Asia Society, a premier group of individuals and organizations committed to bringing exceptional exhibitions and programming to Asia Society Texas Center.


  • Wednesday - Friday, 11:00 am - 6:00 pm
    Saturday & Sunday, 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
    Closed Monday and Tuesday and major holidays.
  • Admission to the building and Fayez Sarofim Grand Hall exhibition is free. Admission to the Louisa Stude Sarofim Gallery is free for Asia Society members and children ages 12 and under, $5 for seniors (65+ with ID) and students (with ID), and $8 for nonmembers.

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  • Parking in Asia Society Texas Center's lot is $7 for 1-24 hours. Entrances on Caroline and Austin. Limited free and paid street parking also available.

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Saturday – Sunday, 9 am – 3 pm


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