Lunchtime Lecture: Decanting Secrets with Dr. Michael Chagnon


Lunchtime Lecture: Decanting Secrets with Dr. Michael Chagnon

Date: Thursday, November 18, 2021, 1 pm
Price: $20 regular, $15 seniors, $12 students, Friends FREE Includes same-day admission to the galleries

Uncork the mysteries of a 400-year-old, lush green bottle in the Museum’s Collection in this Lunchtime Lecture by Aga Khan Museum Curator Dr. Michael Chagnon.


Did this bottle ever serve guests at elite banquets? Was it solely ornamental, designed to adorn the shelves of a wealthy collector? Or was something more potent brewing that led to the concoction of this luxurious vessel?


Dr. Chagnon’s talk serves up the evidence, poring over the bottle’s elusive iconography, its wonderous technique, and its production during a period of spirited artistic and economic competition between Iranian and Chinese ceramics industries.




Dr. Michael Chagnon joined the Aga Khan Museum in May 2019. A specialist of painting and the arts of the book of the early modern Persianate sphere, he has held curatorial positions at the Japan Society in New York, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, and the Brooklyn Museum. Dr. Chagnon’s substantial teaching experience includes a recent graduate seminar on Persianate painting at Columbia University, New York. He received his Ph.D. from the Institute of Fine Arts, New York University, in 2015.


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