Curating the Region: Reflections from Here and Elsewhere

September 26, 2014 - filed under Announcements,Upcoming Events   

September 27th 2014, 1:00 PM – 6:00 PM
Organized by the New Museum and ArteEast

This symposium brings together curators, scholars, and art professionals whose practices influence how cultural production in the Arab world can be accessed, understood, and engaged.

During this day-long symposium, speakers will consider the divergent disciplines and methods through which contemporary art from the Arab world—and from the Middle East and North Africa more generally—has been historicized, presented, and discussed. Drawing from a range of contexts with different audiences, participants will examine the parameters of specificity within cultural or regional categories that are themselves immensely diverse. They will address the viability of demarcating geographic or cultural categories when engaging contemporary art, as well as how and why the perspectives of those working locally might differ, cohere, or productively cross with those working at a remove. Similarly, they will consider a variety of expectations, interests, and critical demands of audiences within these different contexts. Questions to be explored include: In what sense can we speak of a region or of regions? Have recent curatorial approaches tended decisively toward or away from specificity? How can specificity be beneficial? How and why can it be problematic? What are the effects of reconsidering the categorical lenses through which contemporary art of specific regions is engaged with?

Speakers Include: Leeza Ahmady, Shiva Balaghi, Natalie Bell, Omar Berrada, Antonia Carver, Deena Chalabi, Mahnaz Fancy, Alicia Ritson, Sarah Rogers, Rijin Sahakian

New Museum
235 Bowery
New York, NY 10002

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