Morocco: Arts, Culture, History and Daily Life

Morocco: Arts, Culture, History and Daily Life

Nancy Brady, UNM
August 9, 2015 (Sun) 3:00 – 5:00 p.m.
ABQ Museum of Art & History

Since ancient times, Morocco has been a strategic crossroads of trade, with Spain to the north, the Atlantic Ocean to the west, Algeria to the east and the Saharan desert to the south. This trade has inspired scholars, merchants, craftspeople, agriculturalists, musicians, story tellers and poets, who have kept their identity for thousands of years, and retain it to this day. Nancy Brady will take you on a virtual tour of Moroccan culture with a stunning slide show that showcases visual arts, music, dance, spiritual practices of the Sufi and Gnawa and life among the earliest people, the Berbers (Amazigh). She will present a brief history of the Berbers in Morocco and focus on Islamic art and architecture, as well as ancient traditional arts. You will see ancient Roman mosaics, the exquisite Casablanca Haji or Hassan II mosque, as well as different styles of Moroccan adobe construction such as the ksar, kasbah and the darih.

Nancy Brady has a B.F.A. and an M.A. in Art Education and currently teaches at UNM. Her interest in Morocco is helping her to design a curriculum in art education that will inspire educators to introduce this beautiful country, its people, and traditional arts, into classrooms in America. She presents her work yearly at the National Art Education Conferences. Nancy also loves to cook international menus and has demonstrated cooking Moroccan food for AIA’s cuisine club.

Supported by Sandia National Labs and Haverland Carter Lifestyle Group