Insider's 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.

Join SBMA on a customized, exclusive 12-night tour in Morocco with hotel stays in Tangier, Fes, and Marrakech from October 20 to November 2, 2023. This tour is full of private home visits including Dar El-Hanch (House of the Snake), Yves Saint Laurent, and Pierre Bergé’s first home in Morocco. Delight in visits to the less-frequented city of Tetouan, “the blue city” of Chefchaouen, the ancient Roman city of Volubilis, and the old Imperial city of Meknes, known as the Versailles of Morocco. Led by Dr. Keelan Overton, an Islamic arts and architecture historian and favorite SBMA study leader, this tour is expected to fill quickly! We recommend joining the early interest list to be among the first to know when the full brochure is available and the tour opens for reservations.

This tour is exclusive to SBMA and custom-designed for its Members, and offers behind-the-scenes access to private homes and collections. 




Tour Guide

Dr. Keelan Overton

Dr. Keelan Overton

Keelan Overton (PhD, UCLA, 2011) is a historian of Islamic art and architecture specializing in the eastern Islamic world. In 2020, she published the edited volume Iran and the Deccan: Persianate Art, Culture, and Talent in Circulation, 1400-1700 (Indiana University Press), and she is currently working on a global history of Persian tilework and curating an online exhibition on an Iranian shrine. For the last eight years, Keelan has been as an Independent Scholar based in Santa Barbara, where she divides her time between research, writing, teaching, and travel. She is currently teaching at UCLA and has also recently taught at UCSB and Pomona. 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)


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