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City Hall Exhibit Highlights Islamic Art

Michael Hagerty takes us on a tour of an exhibit of Islamic art currently on display at Houston City Hall.

Islamic Art Exhibit
Michael Hagerty
An exhibit of Islamic art on display in the tunnel that connects Houston City Hall and the city annex building.

Islamic art goes all the way back to the 7th century. It ranges from religious pieces, to utilitarian objects, to architecture from Muslim communities around the world — and that includes Houston.

City Hall currently features an exhibit of Islamic art called The Arts of the Islamic World, which is on display through Aug. 31.

Michael Hagerty went down to City Hall to check out some of the pieces. He talks with Zaf Tahir from the local chapter of the Islamic Arts Society along with several City Council members who happened to be passing by.

  • An exhibit of Islamic art adorns the walls of the tunnel connecting Houston City Hall and the city annex building. (Photo Credit: Michael Hagerty)
    An exhibit of Islamic art adorns the walls of the tunnel connecting Houston City Hall and the city annex building. (Photo Credit: Michael Hagerty)
  • An exhibit of Islamic art adorns the walls of the tunnel connecting Houston City Hall and the city annex building. (Photo Credit: Michael Hagerty)
    An exhibit of Islamic art adorns the walls of the tunnel connecting Houston City Hall and the city annex building. (Photo Credit: Michael Hagerty)
  • A watercolor called "Alcazar Castle -  A History Hushed," by Miriam Mihjazi. The work is part of an exhibit of Islamic art at Houston City Hall. (Photo Credit: Michael Hagerty)
    A watercolor called "Alcazar Castle - A History Hushed," by Miriam Mihjazi. The work is part of an exhibit of Islamic art at Houston City Hall. (Photo Credit: Michael Hagerty)
  • A painting of a mosque by artist Nizar MacNojia. The work is part of an exhibit of Islamic art at Houston City Hall.  (Photo Credit: Michael Hagerty)
    A painting of a mosque by artist Nizar MacNojia. The work is part of an exhibit of Islamic art at Houston City Hall. (Photo Credit: Michael Hagerty)
  • A watercolor by artist Mariam Mihjazi called "Alhambra Castle From a Cliff - Dreaming of a Golden Past." The work is part of an exhibit of Islamic art at Houston City Hall.
    A watercolor by artist Mariam Mihjazi called "Alhambra Castle From a Cliff - Dreaming of a Golden Past." The work is part of an exhibit of Islamic art at Houston City Hall.
  • A mixed-media work called "Nur (The Light)" by artist Hina Chaudhry. The piece is part of an exhibit of Islamic art at Houston City Hall. (Photo Credit: Michael Hagerty)
    A mixed-media work called "Nur (The Light)" by artist Hina Chaudhry. The piece is part of an exhibit of Islamic art at Houston City Hall. (Photo Credit: Michael Hagerty)
  • A silk painting called "Khayamiya" by artist Nasreen Saeedi. The piece is part of an exhibit of Islamic art at Houston City Hall. (Photo Credit: Michael Hagerty)
    A silk painting called "Khayamiya" by artist Nasreen Saeedi. The piece is part of an exhibit of Islamic art at Houston City Hall. (Photo Credit: Michael Hagerty)
  • A piece called "Antique Door" by artist Sadaf Saleem. The work is part of an exhibit of Islamic art at Houston City Hall. (Photo Credit: Michael Hagerty)
    A piece called "Antique Door" by artist Sadaf Saleem. The work is part of an exhibit of Islamic art at Houston City Hall. (Photo Credit: Michael Hagerty)

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Michael Hagerty

Michael Hagerty

Senior Producer, Houston Matters

Michael Hagerty is the senior producer for Houston Matters. He's spent more than 20 years in public radio and television and dabbled in minor league baseball, spending four seasons as the public address announcer for the Reno Aces, the Triple-A affiliate of the Arizona Diamondbacks.

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