15 September - Local Languages—Global Conversation: Contemporary Art in the Middle East
This lecture offers an introductory framework for understanding the history, regional centers, and artistic practices that characterize contemporary art in the Arab world and Iran from the late twentieth century to the present. The Middle East is multi-ethnic, religious, and complexly interconnected place whose influence in the art world has steadily grown throughout the last thirty years. Rather than focus on themes that treat the region as a cohesive unit, this lecture will consider the artistic practices of artistic centers in the region as framed by the historical, cultural, and political events that define them in order to better understand the international and intercultural character of the contemporary Middle East.
22 September - Introduction to Contemporary African Art
Through various regional case studies, this presentation introduces the world of contemporary African art from the 1970s to the present. Featuring the art of El Anatsui, Seydou Keïta, William Kentridge, Ibrahim El-Salahi, and others, this diverse selection of examined works includes examples of photography, painting, sculpture, installation art, and textiles.
29 September - Contemporary Artists from Latin America
This lecture introduces contemporary art from Latin America through a focus on the nexus of art centers throughout the region. Examining artworks by Vik Muniz, Marta Minujin, and Alfredo Jaar, among others this discussion frames contemporary Latin American artists by considering the political, cultural and social conditions that shape their work.
What will you experience?
Introduction to emerging and established artists from around the world.
Who should take this course?
Those interested in expanded their knowledge of the global contemporary art scene and learning about new artists.
Image: El Anatsui
Ink Splash II
Aluminum and copper
© El Anatsui
Local Languages—Global Conversation: Contemporary Art in the Middle East
Mitra Abbaspour is the Haskell Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art at Princeton University. She previously served as an Associate Curator in the Department of Photography at The Museum of Modern Art and an Assistant Curator at the California Museum of Photography, in addition to having served as a guest curator for a number of exhibitions at various institutions. At MoMA, she led the curatorial branch of an interdisciplinary research initiative that resulted in the print and digital publications Object : Photo: Modern Photographs 1909-1945. She has authored numerous essays on contemporary artists in this field, most recently contributing to monographs of Reza Aramesh, Lalla Essaydi, Dor Guez, Hassan Hajjaj, and Shirin Neshat and has also taught courses both in her specialization, the modern and contemporary Middle East and, general area specializations—Islamic art, modern art, and the history of photography—at The Cooper Union, Hunter College, and Brooklyn College.
Introduction to Contemporary African Art
Dana Liljegren is a PhD Candidate in Art History at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York. Her specializations and topics of interest include West African art, international contemporary art, postcolonial theory, and environmentalism. Her dissertation, which examines the intersections of art, politics, and urban ecology in Senegal, has been supported by the Getty Foundation, the Mellon Foundation, the CUNY Graduate Center, and Raw Material Company in Dakar.
Contemporary Artists from Latin America
Marisa Lerer is an associate professor of art history at Manhattan College. She specializes in Latin American and Latinx art. Her publications have appeared in Public Art Dialogue, Visual Resources, and Latin American and Latinx Visual Culture and in books including A Companion to Public Art, among others. She has been honored with fellowships from Fulbright, New York University/Le Centre national de la recherche scientifique (NYU CNRS), and CUNY’s Center for Place, Culture and Politics and is currently co-editor of Public Art Dialogue. She is presently preparing a book manuscript on Latinx Public Memorials.