Events

  • Dates: December 6, 2021 - August 5, 2022

    This inaugural exhibition of al Mawrid Arab Center for the Study of Art at New York University Abu Dhabi was commissioned by New York University’s 19 Washington Square North in New York.

    Organized by Haraka: Experimental Lab for Arab Art and Social Thought
    Curator: May Al-Dabbagh, Assistant Professor of Social Research and Public Policy

    For an overview of Sharbaka: Entanglement/Attunement, the inaugural exhibition of al Mawrid Arab Center for the Study of Art, organized by Haraka Lab for 19 WSN in New York, see this brief video:


  • Date: June 7, 2022

    Time: 6:30-8:00 pm GST

    Internal to NYUAD Community

    Speaker: Ghazi Al-Mulaifi

    A workshop about the rhythms of Gulf waters held in collaboration with the NYUAD Arts Center. This  public event is the final one in a year long program for Sharbaka: Entanglement/Attunement, the inaugural exhibition of al Mawrid Arab Center for the Study of art organized by Haraka: Experimental Lab for Arab Art and Social Thought.

    This workshop invites participants to perform the exhibition by learning how to make music through “sharbaka” clapping, embodying ideas of attunement and entanglement. Led by Ghazi Al-Mulaifi, Applied Ethnomusicologist at NYUAD, this workshop is a campus-wide experiment in the corporeal transmission of knowledge. 


  • Title: Nadwa Seminar with Hanaa Malallah: Reading Documents from the Artist's Archive

    Date: May 30, 2022

    Time: 10:00 am - 1:00 pm GST

    Type: In Person

    Location: NYUAD Campus, Room A6-175

    For the closing seminar or Nadwa, Dr. Hanaa will guide a close reading of two documents from her papers. The first document is an unpublished study by Shakir Hassan Al Sa'id (1925-2004), entitled, "The Legend of the Spirit-Bird: the Story of the Silent Language of the Nightingale" (1996). The second is an essay Malallah wrote on the occasion of an exhibition held at the National Gallery of Fine Arts in Amman in 1997 entitled "Environment and Ecology in Iraqi Art".

    Nadwa Seminar with Hanaa Malallah: Reading Documents from the Artist's Archive

  • Title: Go East, Young Artists: Creative Practice across the Middle East, North Africa, and Eastern Bloc, 1950s-1980s

    Date: May 18, 2022

    Time: 09:30 am -7:30 pm GST

    Type: In Person

    Location: NYUAD Campus, Room A6-010

    This workshop is dedicated to examining Cold War-era constellations of “Eastern” and “non-Western” locations–among them the USSR, Eastern Bloc states, the ex-colonial countries of the Middle East and North Africa, and various cultural platforms devoted to socialist culture–as a site of experimental creative practices. Although art historians have begun to uncover the details of Arab artists’ experiences in European art academies (Rome, Paris, and so on), the experiences of the young artists who looked or moved East remain little studied or understood. 

    Questions to engage include: How to document and interpret the trans-regional mobilities across and between these several “Easts” of the fifties, sixties, seventies, and eighties? What images, objects, persons, friendships or speculations may be said to have emerged from the decades’ institutional frameworks for East-East exchange? Might we read these entities as tuning forks within that vaster transformations that later delivered the global contemporary art world of the twenty-first century? And what fell out of the system? Which artists forged other friendships, claimed other kinds of art objects, or envisioned other norms, and how?

    Co-sponsored by al Mawrid Arab Center for the Study of Art and the Humanities Research Fellowship for the Study of the Arab World. 


  • Date: May 11, 2022

    Time: 12:00-1:00 pm GST

    Online Event - Internal to NYUAD Community

    In this event, Anneka Lenssen shares her new research tracking a figure she proposes to designate a “tinkerer,” an artist who works in a labor-intensive experimental manner, and is most commonly associated in the Arab art archive with women artists, aristocratic artists, and/or design entrepreneurs who apply art to non-artistic ends. Taking the work of artists Celine Chalem, Nadia Saikali, Saloua Raouda Choucair, and Najat Makki as examples, the conversation will pay particularly close attention to descriptions and attitudes appearing in Arabic-language materials.

    Detail of Celine Chalem, Only You, white marble, late 1960s. From exhibition catalogue to Celine Chalem: G.M.T. Art: tables you can eat on, Martha Jackson Gallery, New York, Sept. 19 - October 7, 1967

  • Date: May 10, 2022

    Time: 12:00-2:00 pm GST

    Hybrid Event - Internal to NYUAD Faculty

    Speaker: Hanaa Malallah

    Hanaa Malallah is an Iraqi artist and researcher based in the UK. Since her first exhibition, in 1991, two months after the Gulf War, the practice of Hanaa Malallah has dealt with the subject of ruins, whether the archaeological ruins of ancient Mesopotamia or the modern ruins produced by war. In this talk, Malallah develops a new hypothesis about the difference between these two kinds of ruins by distinguishing the regenerative energy of ruins produced by time from the lethal energy of rubble produced by war.

    Register here.

    Floor installation of biohazard sign dusts at second floor of a very toxic exploded building in Baghdad in 2016. The work was executed by special pigment (powder substance), 2016, Baghdad.

  • Date: March 31, 2022

    Time: 5:00-6:00 pm GST

    Online Event -  Internal to NYUAD Community

    Speakers: Vikram Divecha, Syrabhi Sharma, and George Jose

    The conversation takes the form of an ‘open critique’ in which reflections and questions are shared by Surabhi Sharma and George Jose with Sharbaka exhibition artist Vikram Divecha, as he reconsiders his exhibition work titled Veedu and how he would like to develop it further. Through this exchange, the artist goes back to the drawing board, both literally - as one would when designing a house - and metaphorically for this project.


  • Webinar

    Date: March 24, 2022

    Time: 12‐2 PM GST

    Register to attend this “master class” on the art and ethos of Fateh al-Moudarres (1920-1999)—one of Syria’s most beloved modernist painters, and a deeply complex thinker and educator with a far-reaching yet little understood legacy. Led by artist Issam Kourbaj and art historians Anneka Lenssen and Ambra D’Antone, the class will provide a series of lessons in ways to read the different guises of al-Moudarres. We will incorporate close readings of works, writing, recollections of his teaching, and concepts derived from the artist’s ongoing discussions with Adonis and other cultural figures.

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    Fateh al-Moudarres, The Lady of the Night, 1983, oil on canvas, 75x55cm. Scanned slide from Atassi Foundation archive

  • Sense and Intuition: A Conversation with Adonis الحس والحدس: حوار مع الشاعر الكبير أدونيس 

    Date: March 23, 2022 (in person)

    Time: 6‐8pm GST

    This conversation with Adonis, one of the great living poets of the Arab world, focuses on questions regarding the intersection of visual art and poetry in theory and practice. 

    The event will be in Arabic with simultaneous translation and is open to the public (limited capacity). 

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    Adonis, Mouna Atassi, and Fateh al-Moudarres at the artist’s studio (c. mid-1990s.). Image courtesy of Atassi Foundation for Art and Culture

    Watch the video of the event here:


  • Talk

    Date: February 07, 2022
    Time: 5:00 - 6:00 PM GST 

    Speaker: Anneka Lenssen - Senior Humanities Research Fellow, NYUAD

    This event is open to the NYU community and by invitation.

     

    Detail of studio workspace in the College of Fine Arts, Damascus, c. 1964. From photograph in the collection of the estate of Mahmoud Hammad.

  • Talk

    Date: November 23, 2021
    Time: 7 - 8:30 pm

    Artist: Lawrence Abu Hamdan, al Mawrid’s Resident Fellow (November 2021), Artist, Audio Investigator & 2019 Turner Prize Joint-Winner

    Event in collaboration with the NYUAD Institute.

    Watch Lawrence Abu Hamdan's presentation here: