Art History exhibition celebrates Istanbul in images, words and sound

In mid-May, a new art history course took a group of 10 Rice students on a three-week exploration of Istanbul, the Turkish metropolis that straddles Europe and Asia across the Bosporus. The students’ experiences in images, words and sounds are now on display in an exhibition, “Istanbul: The City and Its History,” in Herring Hall’s first-floor gallery walkway.

“I got excited to go to Turkey because I never thought of that as a destination,” said Jennifer Cernada, a Jones College senior majoring in art history and visual and dramatic arts. “(Istanbul) was incredible; it’s the portal between Europe and Asia … the mixture of the two cultures … the architecture and the food, everything is very unique.”

Cernada and Chelsea Dacus, an assistant curator at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston who is currently in her second year of pursuing a Ph.D. in art history at Rice, curated the exhibit with the help of course instructor Shirine Hamadeh, an associate professor of art history.