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Frederick J. Fisher Lecture | Cartier and Islamic Art: A Curatorial Perspective

Marjorie Post's Islamic-inspired emerald broach by CartierThis program is the tenth annual lecture honoring the legacy of Hillwood's former executive director, Frederick J. Fisher.

Join Sarah Schleuning, Senior Curator of Decorative Arts and Design at the Dallas Museum of Art, and co-curator of the dynamic exhibition Cartier and Islamic Art: In Search of Modernity.  Islamic art was a formative inspiration for Louis Cartier and the Maison Cartier in the early 20th century. Schleuning will explore how Cartier’s designers adapted shapes, techniques, and materials across time, geography and media, synthesizing and transforming them into a unique, modern stylistic language that continues to inspire new creations.


This lecture will be presented in the theater in the Ellen MacNeille Charles Visitor Center, and will be livestreamed via Zoom. Visitors can submit questions for the speaker from any location. 

Proof of full vaccination against COVID-19 is required to attend this onsite program at Hillwood. Patrons must display a physical or digital copy of their vaccination card/record and a government-issued ID, such as a driver’s license with the same name upon arrival at the program. Ticket purchasers are responsible for communicating these rules to whomever they provide tickets. The vaccine requirement also applies to speakers and staff.

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5:30–6:30 p.m. | Explore Hillwood

6 p.m. | Reception

  • All attendees are invited to a free reception to celebrate and honor Frederick J. Fisher, for whom the lecture is named.

6:30–7:30 p.m. | Lecture 


Sarah SchleuningThe Margot B. Perot Senior Curator of Decorative Arts and Design at the Dallas Museum of Art, Sarah Schleuning (she/her) has a record of organizing thoughtful exhibitions and programs that are not only high profile and highly popular, but also recognized for their contributions to scholarship. She provides more than two decades of expertise in forming relationships with living designers and artists, bridging the gap between historical and contemporary design, and exploring how engaging with art and design can extend beyond the museum’s walls. Significant exhibitions and publication include: Cartier and Islamic Art: In Search for Modernity (co-curator, 2021), Electrifying Design: A Century of Lighting (co-curator, 2021), speechless: different by design (2019); Iris van Herpen: Transforming Fashion (co-curator, 2016), and Dream Cars: Innovative Design, Visionary Ideas (2014). 


This is the tenth annual lecture honoring the legacy of Hillwood’s former executive director, Frederick J. Fisher, who served for twenty years (1990-2010).