(KANSAS CITY, Mo., AP) — A new exhibit featuring Islamic art is opening at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art in Kansas City.
Called “Echoes: Islamic Art and Contemporary Artists,” the exhibit features works spanning 13 centuries and three continents. The Kansas City Star reports that it includes paintings, sculpture, ceramics, animation, photography and textiles. There’s also a 1952 Chevy grain truck that Kansas City artist Asheer Akram transformed into an ornately decorated Pakistani cargo truck.
Curator Kimberly Masteller says Kansas City has a longstanding connection to Islamic art through the distinctive architecture of the Country Club Plaza, where lattice screens and other designs were inspired by Kansas City’s Spanish sister city of Seville. That city was part of the Moorish Islamic empire from the eighth to the 13th century.