Sunday, April 1, 2012

Hagop Kevorkian and the Center at NYU

Hagop Kevorkian

This information is taken from the FB page of Hagop Kevorkian:
http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100001378833274&sk=wall

His Bio:
Hagop Kevorkian (born in 1872 in Kayseri - died in 1962 in New York) was a Turkish-Armenian archeologist, connoisseur of art, collector, originally from Kayseri who graduated from the American Robert College in Istanbul and settled in New York in the late 19th century.

He carried out excavations in Iran, at Sultanabad from 1903, and the medieval city of Rayy from c. 1907 and assembled an outstanding collection of Oriental art, especially Islamic and Persian. He organized the exhibition of Islamic ceramics in London in 1911. The works excavated under his supervision were shown in New York in 1914. Major sales of Islamic pieces from his collection, including lacquer doors and tile panels from Isfahan, books and paintings, carpets and ceramics, were held in the 1920s at the Anderson Gallery, New York. In 1929 he acquired at auction the Mughal album of calligraphy and painting that became known as the Kevorkian Album.

The Brooklyn Art Museum's Kevorkian Gallery displays the Assyrian reliefs he donated to the institution. At the University of Pennsylvania a visiting lectureship attests to the joint excavations he undertook in Turkey during the 1930's. In New York, after Kevorkian's death, his foundation established the Kevorkian Chair of Iranian Studies at Columbia University. New York University has a center named after him that houses its Middle Eastern studies department and library.

About the Center:

The Hagop Kevorkian Center for Near Eastern Studies at New York University was created in 1966 to foster the interdisciplinary study of the modern and contemporary Middle East and to enhance public understanding of the region.

The Hagop Kevorkian Center for Near Eastern Studies at New York University was created in 1966 to foster the interdisciplinary study of the modern and contemporary Middle East and to enhance public understanding of the region. The Kevorkian Center's activities focus on the histories, politics, economies, religions, cultures and languages of the area stretching from North Africa to Central Asia.

The Kevorkian Center organizes research workshops, luncheon seminars and other forums to encourage new perspectives on the Middle East and foster exploration of interactions and parallels with other world regions. The events showcase new research by both established and younger scholars and foster discussion of current events and policy issues relating to the Middle East.

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