Preview of Taking Shape: Abstraction from the Arab World, 1050s-1980s
January 20 @ 10:00 am - 11:30 am
One event on January 17, 2021 at 10:00 am
Online via Zoom • 10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
Presenters: Sultan Sooud al Qassemi and Nancy Netzer
Visiting Professor Sultan al Qassemi previews Taking Shape, an exhibition on display at BC’s McMullen Museum during Spring 2021, which explores mid-twentieth-century abstract art from North Africa, West Asia, and the Arab diaspora—a vast geographic expanse that encompasses diverse cultures, ethnicities, languages, and religions. Comprising nearly ninety works by artists from over a dozen countries, the exhibition is drawn from the collection of the Barjeel Art Foundation based in Sharjah, UAE. The paintings, sculpture, drawings, and prints on view reflect the wide range of nonfigurative art practices that flourished in the Arab world over four decades. Taking Shape raises a fundamental question: How do we study and analyze abstraction across different contexts? The exhibition rethinks art historical canons and expands the discourses around global modernisms.
Part of the BC Beyond Lifelong Learning Coffee and Conversation Series
|Spring 2021 Series
All lectures will be offered on Wednesdays from 10:00 to 11:30 a.m. ET.
This series has a maximum capacity to allow for participant engagement and to ensure the best possible experience.
Register early to avoid disappointment!
Online participants will need a computer with video, microphone, and speakers. Participants must create a Zoom account in advance according to Boston College security requirements; more information will be provided upon registration.