(con)text is an exhibition from the permanent collection that examines the impact of text in contemporary art and its power as a vehicle to convey meaning. Whether in the form of narratives, word fragments, or words as signs, text has the ability to impart an immediate message or visual response. Words and letters can underscore or identify an image, become the image itself, or contradict the image as a thought-provoking counterpoint. The power of words and letters in art reaches back to ancient Islamic tradition wherein calligraphy was the fundamental element in the Qur’an. The decorative form of Arabic text represented unity, beauty, and power, and became the chosen vehicle for Allah’s revelation—a glimpse of the divine. During the Middle Ages, illuminated capitals of medieval manuscripts were often highly embellished visual clues to the words themselves.