Course blog for American University PERF-570, Fall 2014
Having watched the war in Iraq begin at the start of my interest in both the Middle East and art history, the destruction and ransacking of the National Museum crushed me. Seeing this article and the spirit that recovery can come in time is inspiring. No community is completely without its art. A community will find a way to rebuild despite all the odds both then and now. As the article notes, its reopening comes at a critical time with the growing violence under the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) and the mounting concerns as ISIS turns its destruction to monuments and historical sites in addition to Iraqis. We can only hope that the artifacts will survive ISIS as they have the Iraq War. The conflicts in the region have had a profound impact on its art and antiquities. I look forward to seeing how its art managers recover and rebuild elsewhere.