Save the Date: Artist Talk
“Writing/Curating the Middle East,” organized by the History of Art Department, the Yale University Art Gallery, and the Council on Middle East Studies, takes place on Thursday and Friday, March 30–31, 2017. The symposium opens with a keynote lecture on Thursday, March 30, delivered by the celebrated Egyptian artist Wael Shawky, and sessions on Friday examine issues of national identity and diversity, bringing together curators and art historians who engage with the Middle East through research, publications, and exhibitions. This symposium uses new avenues of research as a launching pad from which the participating scholars examine entanglements and synchronicity, proposing a new discourse on art from the Middle East that illustrates how it was both inspired by and contributed to global modern art movements. The symposium is organized by Kishwar Rizvi, Associate Professor of Islamic Art and Architecture, Department of the History of Art, and Pamela Franks, Senior Deputy Director and the Seymour H. Knox, Jr., Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art, and is sponsored by the Edward J. and Dorothy Clarke Kempf Memorial Fund from the MacMillan Center.
Thursday’s keynote lecture is free and open to the public.
Registration for Friday’s symposium program is required; for more information, contact Lora LeMosy at the Center for Middle East Studies at firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit http://www.wcme.salisbury175.yale.edu.
With Modern Art from the Middle East, the Yale University Art Gallery joins the campus-wide celebration of the 175th anniversary of Arabic studies at Yale and honors Edward Elbridge Salisbury, B.A. 1832, the first professor of Arabic and Sanskrit in the Americas. The installation presents a selection of paintings and sculptures by artists rarely exhibited in the United States. The objects are drawn from the Barjeel Art Foundation in the United Arab Emirates, founded by Sultan Sooud Al Qassemi to promote art from the Arab world through both local and international exhibitions. The works on view highlight the art movements that blossomed in Egypt, Iraq, Lebanon, and Syria in the second half of the 20th century and testify to the emergence of a unique aesthetic in these countries. Hovering between abstraction and figuration, the objects fuse modern elements with ancient sources and sociopolitical references. For information on the related symposium, organized by the History of Art Department, the Yale University Art Gallery, and the Council on Middle East Studies, visit http://wcme.salisbury175.yale.edu.
Source: Modern Art from the Middle East