Middle Eastern Studies Program Presents
Monday, October 28, 2019
Learning Politics with Art: Lessons from Curation Under Occupation
Olin, Room 202
6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Kirsten Scheid, American University of Beirut/ Clark Art InstituteStudying imagination shifts attention to the emergent and yet-possible. In 2018, I co-curated an exhibition that invited Jerusalem audiences to reimagine the city’s “possible” existence by building on ludic spatial-temporal moves that have distilled in contemporary Palestinian art. This paper explores the lessons artistic imaginings of a possible Jerusalem, one not confined to space-time coordinates we use to understand realpolitik, offer the exhibition’s participants and audiences.
Associate Professor of Anthropology at the American University of Beirut, Kirsten Scheid studies imagination technologies, artistic materialities, and social change specifically through cases of modern and contemporary Arab art. Her essays appear in Anthropology Now, ARTMargins, the International Journal of Middle East Studies, and Museum Anthropology and can be accessed at https://aub-lb.academia.edu/KirstenScheid. She has co-curated “The Jerusalem Show” (Jerusalem, 2018) and “The Arab Nude” (Beirut, 2016), and exhibited at the New Museum (2011), and consulted for the Tate Modern (2014) and the MoMA (2016-8). The 2019-2020 Clark/Oakley Fellow at the Clark Art Institute, Scheid is currently completing an historically informed ethnography of aesthetic encounters that comprise contemporary Palestine and point to new political imaginings.
This event is co-sponsored by Africana Studies, Center for Curatorial Studies Bard, Art History and Visual Culture program, and Human Rights Project.
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Time: 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Location: Olin, Room 202