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Rotch Library Exhibit

Pantea Karimi’s Visual Thinking: Six Ways of Picturing Knowledge

September 28, 2018 - December 14, 2018

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Visual Thinking: Six Ways of Picturing Knowledge is a multi-media exhibition by Pantea Karimi at MIT’s Rotch Library.

The exhibit features six bodies of works that are inspired by a collection of 19th century books housed at MIT Institute Archives & Special Collections, including The Grammar of Ornament by Owen Jones. Other sources of inspiration come from medieval books in the possession of libraries around the world, including The Canon of Medicine by Avicenna and The Book of Optics by Al-Hazen, among others.

There is a reception on Friday Sep 28 from 4:00 to 5:30 pm in the main gallery space at the Rotch. Please stop by to see the artworks, meet the artist, and enjoy some light refreshments.

Pantea’s work is an exploration into the pages of medieval and early modern scientific manuscripts, Persian, Arab and European, as well as the long-term exchange of knowledge across these cultures. She examines how illustrations in ancient scientific manuscripts played a role in communicating knowledge and how the broader aesthetic considerations of science were closely related to art.


Karimi’s fine arts and graphic works are in public and private collections and have been featured in several publications in Iran, Italy, Croatia, the UK and the United States. Her prints and digital works have been exhibited in diverse solo, group and traveling exhibitions in Iran, Algeria, Germany, Croatia, Mexico, the UK, and the US. She lives and works in San Jose, California.

Pantea’s art can be viewed at panteakarimi.com.