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Theater & art

Art Review

The appeal of the Persianate

CAMBRIDGE — The late Stanford and Norma Jean Calderwood, through their Calderwood Charita08calderwood ble Foundation, bestowed notable gifts on numerous Boston cultural institutions. Anyone attending a performance at the Boston Center for the Arts’ Stanford Calderwood Pavilion or visiting the Gardner Museum, presided over by its Norma Jean Calderwood director, is reminded of their largess.

It’s unlikely that any part of the Calderwood legacy is as beguiling as the collection of Islamic art they donated to Harvard University, in 2002. The lion’s share of that collection (including, as it happens, a quite lovely 16th-century Iranian drawing of a lioness) makes up “In Harmony: The Norma Jean Calderwood Collection of Islamic Art.” The exhibition runs through June 1 at the university’s Arthur M. Sackler Museum.

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