Ancient Line to Modern Design exhibits contemporary adaptations of ancient designs and motifs from North and Northwest Africa, from the Middle East, and from across the Mediterranean region. It includes examples of art and architecture that demonstrate how various “ancientisms” were passed down, transmitted and transformed since the time when villages and urban populations first developed in these regions.
At The Pratt Institute, a grant from the Faculty Development Fund and a Mellon Grant awarded by the School of Liberal Arts and Sciences has supported the research in preparation for this exhibition and related publications. The Pratt Institute Libraries provided further support and assistance. Special thanks are due to Russell Abell, the Director of Libraries at Pratt Institute, Andrew Barnes, Dean of the School of Liberal Arts and Sciences, and Gregg Horowitz, Chair of the Department of Social Science and Cultural Studies.