A recent article on the Met exhibition, Byzantium and Islam:
As the Arab Spring roiled the Middle East last year, curators at the Metropolitan Museum were watching anxiously.
They were preparing an exhibition on art from southern provinces of the Byzantine Empire, including a swath of countries from Tunisia to Syria that were now suddenly consumed by revolutionary protests. The movement and its unprecedented demands for freedom captured the world's attention. It also made for unfortunate timing on the museum's loan requests. Read more here.