Peter Hristoff begins a fifteen-month residency at the Metropolitan Museum of Art (featuring images from his recent VCS drawing marathon at the Met)
Artist and VCS faculty member Peter Hristoff recently began a fifteen-month term as Artist in Residence at The Metropolitan Museum of Art here in New York City. About a week ago, the Met Museum website published an article profiling Peter and discussing some of his plans for the residency. Here’s a short excerpt:
Born in Istanbul to a family of Bulgarian artists and strongly influenced by Turkish art, Hristoff is now drawing from his own research of the Met’s collection to develop a variety of programs that will connect many different audiences with works of art across the Museum, including those to be featured in the upcoming exhibition The Great Age of the Seljuqs, opening in April 2016.
Supported by the Doris Duke Foundation for Islamic Art, the residency is part of a three-year series of programs that will use the Met’s historic collection as a touchstone to celebrate the robust living traditions of the Islamic world. The Met’s goals in granting this residency are to promote a greater understanding of the diversity of contemporary Muslim culture through the practice of a working artist, to connect visitors with art and culture across time and geography, to promote the Museum as a creative site, and to deepen our relationship with an artist in our collection.
The full article provides a lot more information about the residency, including an announcement of a gallery talk on an Islamic prayer rug in the museum’s permanent collection that Peter will give on November 13th.
Peter also organized a recent drawing marathon at the Met, during which students and other members of the VCS community had the opportunity to sketch objects in several of the museum’s collections. Here are a few photos from the event; over three dozen more can be found in a new album on the VCS Flickr page. (If you look closely, you’ll see VCS Department Chair Tom Huhn among the sketchers in a few of these images.)