How about traveling without traveling?
The Newark Museum in New Jersey currently has an exhibit up called “Wondrous Worlds: Art & Islam through Time & Place.”
I am drawn to art that combines image and word. These two blue beauties are by Hassan Massoudy, who was born in Najaf, Iraq and now lives in Paris. They feature poems from centuries ago and bright wide strokes of paint.
“Travel, if you aspire to certain renown, it is in roaming the heavens that the crescent becomes the full moon.”
– Ibn Qalaqis, an 11th century Egyptian poet
“Oh friend, don’t go to the flower garden. The flower garden is within you.”
– Kabir, a 15th century Indian poet
This prayer cloth from Iran has mihrab, gate, and flower motifs.
Some of the museum’s permanent collection amused me, such as this “teapot goblet” from 1989 by Richard Marquis.
This glass and metal sculpture is called “Firebringer” and was made by Jon Kuhn in the early 2000s.
And the teapots, the teapots, the teapots!
The Ballantine House is a section of the museum that features American period rooms. This dining room had so many pieces on the table, from silverware (three forks for each setting), plates, and goblets to cherubic figures and tiny fancy salt shakers.
I have a time and space machine in driving distance from my house. The Islamic world and Victorian America can be done in an afternoon.