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Andrea Achi and Michelle Al-Ferzly: Africa & Byzantium: A Multicultural World

The Evening Lecture Series is free and open to the public. With inquiries, please contact Kara Carmack at kcarmack@nyss.org.

Preparations for a Dionysian festival, 180-190 CE. Roman mosaic from Carthage. 240 x 225 cm. Inv. MA1796. Photo: Hervé Lewandowski.

Andrea Achi is the Mary and Michael Jaharis Associate Curator of Byzantine Art at the Met, and holds a PhD from New York University. Dr. Achi’s scholarship and curatorial practice focus on late antique and Byzantine art of the Mediterranean Basin and Northeast Africa. She has brought this expertise to bear on exhibitions like Art and Peoples of the Kharga Oasis (2017), The Good Life (2021), and most recently, Africa & Byzantium (2023) at the Met.

Michelle Al-Ferzly is Research Associate in the Department of Medieval Art at the Met. She holds a PhD from the University of Michigan, and is a specialist in Islamic art. In addition to her contributions to the Met exhibition Africa & Byzantium, Al-Ferzly has worked on exhibitions at the Aga Khan Museum in Toronto, the Dallas Museum of Art, and the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.

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