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Preview of Taking Shape: Abstraction from the Arab World, 1050s-1980s

January 20 @ 10:00 am - 11:30 am

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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


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Spring 2021 Series
All lectures will be offered on Wednesdays from 10:00 to 11:30 a.m. ET.

  • January 20: Preview of Taking Shape: Abstraction from the Arab World, 1950s–1980s – Nancy Netzer, Director, McMullen Museum of Art and Professor of Art History, and Sultan Sooud Al Qassemi, Visiting Professor
  • February 3: You, The Effective Knowledge Professional: Innovation and the Hunt for Ideas – Andy Boynton, Dean, Carroll School of Management
  • February 17: Racial Justice, Antiracism, and the Boston College Forum for Racial Justice in America – Vincent Rougeau, Dean, Law School
  • March 10: ‘Terrible things were done’: Sean Lemass and the Violence of the Irish Revolution – Robert Savage, Director, Irish Studies Program and Professor of History
  • March 24: Falling Short: The Coming Retirement Challenge and What to Do About It – Andrew Eschtruth, Associate Director, Center for Retirement Research
  • March 31: Rediscovering the Treasures of Golden Age Spanish Cathedral Music – Michael Noone, Professor and Chair, Music Department
  • April 14: Working for the Common Good: The Schiller Institute for Integrated Science and Society – Laura Steinberg, Executive Director, Schiller Institute
  • April 28: What Can Literature Teach Us About Pandemics? – Amy Boesky, Professor and Chair, English Department
This series has a maximum capacity to allow for participant engagement and to ensure the best possible experience.
Register early to avoid disappointment!
Please Note:
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.


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