Hidden Gems of Northern Morocco with Art Historian Dr. Keelan Overton

The enduring fascination of Morocco lies in its history as a crossroads of civilization that was influenced by the Romans, then the Arabs, more recently by French and Spanish colonialists, and enriched by links with tribal Africa. For centuries, travelers have been drawn to Morocco’s Moorish monuments, Islamic art and architecture, teeming bazaars, exquisitely tiled courtyards, and hauntingly beautiful palaces and gardens. The itinerary includes four-night hotel stays in three locations (Tangier, Chefchaoun, and Fez) with fascinating day trips—an enjoyable way to experience travelers' favorite places at a perfect pace. Dr. Keelan Overton, an Islamic art and architectural historian, will accompany the tour as the study leader along with a Moroccan guide. This tour is exclusive to SBMA and custom-designed for its Members, and offers behind-the-scenes access to private homes and collections. 

Accepting early interest.  Email travel@sbma.net to express early interest.

As an SBMA-customized, SBMA-exclusive special tour, SBMA Members at the $500 level and above and Curatorial Support Group members will get advanced notice and the first opportunity to sign up, followed by the Early Interest List, then full SBMA Membership if it has not already been filled.


Tour Guide

Dr. Keelan Overton

Keelan Overton (PhD, UCLA, 2011) is a historian of Islamic art and architecture specializing in the eastern Islamic world. Her recent book is the edited volume Iran and the Deccan: Persianate Art, Culture, and Talent in Circulation, 1400-1700 (Indiana University Press, June 2020). Her current book is a global history of Persian tilework, and this project has been awarded a Getty Scholar grant. For the last six years, Keelan has been as an Independent Scholar based in Santa Barbara, where she divides her time between research, writing, teaching, and travel. This year, she will be teaching at Pomona College and in residence at the Getty working on her book. Dr. Overton previously served as the Curator of Islamic Art at the Doris Duke Foundation for Islamic Art (Shangri La) in Honolulu (2011-12) and as an Associate Curator in the Art of the Middle East department at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (2014-15). 

Dr. Overton will give an online lecture to SBMA Members called “Armenia and Georgia: Monasteries, Manuscripts, Mountains, and Modernism” on April 22, 2021. Click here to reserve space.

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