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Lecture: “How Art Survives: David Ohannessian and the Armenian Ceramics of Jerusalem” with Sato Moughalian

January 22, 2021 | 12:00 pm - 1:15 pm


In this illustrated talk, Sato Moughalian, author of Feast of Ashes: The Life and Art of David Ohannessian (Redwood/Stanford University Press, 2019), documents the art of her grandfather David Ohannessian and his exile to post-World War I Palestine from Ottoman Anatolia. Moughalian will speak about coming to terms with her family’s past, excavating and reconstructing her grandfather’s history through archival research, and preserving the stories of families and individuals displaced through conflict and migration. Through this exploration, she highlights a key dimension of scholarship in art history oftentimes obscured from view.


For more than a decade, Sato Moughalian conducted archival research in Turkey, Israel, Palestine, England, and France to trace the history of her grandfather, ceramicist David Ohannessian, and searched for his extant tile installations. She is a professional flutist in New York City with more than 35 chamber music recordings to her credit, and the artistic director of Perspectives Ensemble, founded at Columbia University in 1993 to explore and contextualize the works of composers and visual artists. Ms. Moughalian serves as principal flutist of American Modern Ensemble and Gotham Chamber Opera and can be heard on Spotify, YouTube, and all major music platforms.


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Organized by Duke Middle East Studies Center and Duke University Libraries; co-sponsored by Dept. of Art, Art History & Visual Studies, Duke Islamic Studies Center, and Duke-UNC Consortium form Middle East Studies.


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January 22, 2021
12:00 pm - 1:15 pm
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