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"Wondrous Worlds: Art & Islam Through Time & Place" at Philbrook

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Aired on Wednesday, July 3rd.

Our guest is Susan Green, a curator at Philbrook Museum of Art here in Tulsa. She's the local curator for a traveling show now at Philbrook's main campus -- "Wondrous Worlds: Art & Islam Through Time & Place" will be on view through October 6th. Per the Philbrook website, it is "the most extensive exhibition of Islamic art to be shown in Oklahoma, [and it] represents over 1,200 years of rich artistic creation, illustrating the great geographic expanse of the Islamic world. Organized around five themes -- architecture, hospitality, clothing, the art of writing, and cross-cultural exchange -- the exhibition allows visitors to discover objects made from a wide variety of materials, including ornately decorated clothing and textiles, elaborate jewelry and metalwork, and ornamented ceramics and furniture. Contemporary sculpture, photographs, and paintings show how artists today are exploring historic traditions to create innovative new work. This exhibition includes artwork from across the world. Objects from Southeast Asia and East and West Africa are featured together with masterpieces from the Middle East, North Africa, and India, all highlighting the deep diversity and global impact of Islamic art."

Rich Fisher passed through KWGS about thirty years ago, and just never left. Today, he is the general manager of Public Radio Tulsa, and the host of KWGS’s public affairs program, StudioTulsa, which celebrated its twentieth anniversary in August 2012 . As host of StudioTulsa, Rich has conducted roughly four thousand long-form interviews with local, national, and international figures in the arts, humanities, sciences, and government. Very few interviews have gone smoothly. Despite this, he has been honored for his work by several organizations including the Governor's Arts Award for Media by the State Arts Council, a Harwelden Award from the Arts & Humanities Council of Tulsa, and was named one of the “99 Great Things About Oklahoma” in 2000 by Oklahoma Today magazine.
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