Lecture: “Fateh al-Moudarres’s Critical Surrealism” by Dr. Anneka Lenssen (UC Berkeley), April 30

The Department of Fine Arts and Art History (FAAH) and the Department of English at the American University of Beirut invite you to a lecture entitled:

False Gods and Demonic Attachments: Fateh al-Moudarres’s Critical Surrealism

by Dr. Anneka Lenssen, Assistant Professor at UC Berkeley & URB Visiting Scholar (AUB)

Monday, April 30, 2018 | 5:00 pm | Building 37, AUB

In this talk, Dr. Lenssen examines the “automatic” elements of a core group of surrealist drawings and paintings by famed Syrian modernist Fateh al-Moudarres (1922–1999) and their critical play with the very structure of the region’s ancient heritage objects. Reading al-Moudarres’s prodigious literary production beside his ongoing visual experimentation in a psychologized register (ink-blot sketches, talismans, and doodles of bloated hands and blinded eyes), Lenssen highlights a dynamic of human attachment and deferral that, she suggests, underpins al-Moudarres’s brilliant career as a painter of Syrian historical memory and its cycles of martyrdom and rebirth, and prophets and false gods.

Event Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/events/198565100766982/

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This event is organized by Hala Auji (FAAH) and Rana Issa (English).

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Lecture + Roundtable: Dr. Sean Roberts (VCU Qatar), April 25, 3:30-5:15 pm

The Department of Fine Arts and Art History, support by the Center for Arts and Humanities, is pleased to invite you to a lecture by Dr. Sean Roberts, Associate Professor of Art History (VCU Qatar), entitled “Diplomacy and the Technology of Portraiture: Re-Naturalizing Bellini’s Mehmed II.”

The lecture will be followed by a roundtable on Portraiture: Beyond Resemblance with Dr. Hala Auji, Dr. Rico Franses, and Dr. Joseph Hammond, professors of Art History at AUB. The participants will discuss the contemporary state of portraiture, as well as this pictorial mode’s wider socio-political and cultural implications across time and geographic regions.

Both events will be held on Wednesday, April 25, 2018 from 3:30-5:15 pm in Building 37, Center for Arts and Humanities, AUB. This event is free and open to the general public. Students are especially encouraged to attend.

See flyer below for more details.

Event Flyer for Public Lecture + Roundtable

 

Jabre Lecture Series: Dr. Juli Carson (UC Irvine), March 13 at 6:00 pm

Please join us for a lecture by art historian Juli Carson, Professor of Art at the University of California, Irvine, where she directs the Critical and Curatorial Studies Program, and the University Art Galleries. Her talk “The Hermeneutic Impulse: Aesthetics of an Untethered Past” will be held on Tuesday, March 13 at 6:00 pm in College Hall, B1 (AUB) and is open to the public. See flyer below for details.Unknown.png

Jabre Lecture Series: Beatrice von Bismarck (Leipzig), Dec. 1, 6:00 pm

Please join us for a lecture by art historian Beatrice von Bismarck, Professor of Art History and Visual Culture at the Academy of Visual Arts (Leipzig). Her talk “The Political Structure of the Exhibition” will be held on Friday, Dec. 1 at 6:00 pm in College Hall, B1 (AUB) and is open to the public.

See flyer below for details.


Prof. von Bismarck will be in residence at AUB during Spring 2018 in the Art History program as the Philippe Jabre Visiting Professor in Art History and Curating, and will be teaching a course on curating as part of the program’s MA in Art History and Curating.


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New Graduate Courses in Art History and Curating: Spring 2018

The MA in Art History and Curating program is pleased to be offering two new graduate courses for the Spring 2018 semester that are open to all AUB graduate students: AHIS 350A | The Curatorial-Temporalities & Politics and AHIS 315 | Issues in Global Art History. Learn more about these courses below.


AHIS 350A | SPECIAL TOPICS IN CURATING
The Curatorial – Temporalities and Politics
Friday 3:00-5:30
Prof. Beatrice von Bismarck, (Professor for Art History and Visual Culture at the Academy of Visual Arts Leipzig) will be joining the FAAH department for Spring 2018 as the Jabre Chair in Art History and Curating.

Students will learn to analyze exhibitions and curatorial practices and they will acquire curatorial skills by critically engaging with, reenacting, and curatorially commenting historical and contemporary exhibitions. Harald Szeemann´s show “The Bachelor Machines” (1975) will serve as paradigmatic case study.

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AHIS 315 | Issues in Global Art History  
Wednesday 5:00–7:30
Dr. Hala Auji, Assistant Professor of Art History (AUB)

The seminar situates the art historiographical canon and exhibition making practices in the wake of the global turn. It questions the Western historiographical canon while developing alternative models of global art historiography. Such models necessarily have to take into consideration the larger philosophical and political questions of what constitutes “the global” in the age of hyper-connectivity. The course introduces students to a variety of historiographical and exhibition practices that range from Latin America, the Middle East, South and East Asia, and Africa, to the former USSR. The course consists of preliminary thematic sessions followed by seminars devoted to regional case studies; this includes a discussion of specific exhibitions and related catalogues. This seminar would be of interest to graduate students from Art History and Curating, Anthropology, Arab and Middle Eastern Studies, English, and Media Studies.

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Installation view from ‘Permission To Be Global/Prácticas Globales: Latin American Art from the Ella Fontanals-Cisneros Collection’ March 17, 2014. Image Credit: Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. Published on Hyperallergic, https://hyperallergic.com/121787/a-bilingual-globalism-between-north-and-south-america/

The “Southern Questions”: Conference

ARTMargins (http://www.mitpressjournals.org/loi/artm)
The Department of Fine Arts and Art History, American University of Beirut

Center for Arts and Humanities, Bld. 37
Nov. 3, 10:30am-6pm

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Image by Joshua Gonsalves

Participants
Karen Benezra (Columbia University), Nadia Bou-Ali (American University of Beirut), Lorenzo Chiesa (Genoa School of Humanities), Joshua D. Gonsalves (American University of Beirut), Angela Harutyunyan (American University of Beirut), Jiang Hongsheng (Peking University), Octavian Esanu (American University of Beirut), Sven Spieker (University of California in Santa Barbara)

The idea of the “South,” not only as a geographical or geopolitical designation, but also as a critical framework for art, has gained traction in recent years. To paraphrase the terms of the most recent Documenta exhibition, what might it mean to historicize the art and artistic networks of the colonial and post-colonial world as neither merely “places on a map” nor “states of mind” but from the point of view of their mutual implication in the concrete societies from which they emerge?

The “Southern Question” in our title alludes to two seemingly incongruous critical frameworks for approaching the potentially political role of art and intellectual production: while one evokes the movement towards political solidarity and economic autonomy uniting the emerging nation-states of the global south as part of the Cold War Non-Aligned Movement, the other takes as its analytical framework the intertwined material and ideological conditions of determinate national social formations. Seeking inspiration in Gramsci’s treatment of the Southern Question it aims to explore the potentials and limitations of the category of class for mass political organization.

Invoking the “Southern Question” is an invitation to consider the usefulness of the “South” as a category for the criticism, theory, and history of art. As hitherto marginalized art and social contexts become the common fare of particularized canons and global art markets, how shall we define the “marginal” in critical-methodological terms? What kinds of critical and artistic work might help us to seize the current moment of the disorganization and re-organization of capitalist hegemony? Bracketing inherited divisions within and between the fields of Marxism and post-colonial studies, we invite participants to help define the critical and methodological questions implied by the term “South.”

 

10:30-11:00am          Opening remarks (Karen Benezra, Angela Harutyunyan and Sven Spieker)

Panel I 11:00-2:00pm

Respondent: Angela Harutyunyan

11:00-12:00               Lecture I: Lorenzo Chiesa, The Southern Question: Gramsci’s Leninist Answer

12:00-12:20               Coffee Break

12:20-12:40pm         Nadia Bou Ali, What is a colonial mode of production? Mehdi Amel’s “Impeded History” and Althusserian Structuralism

12:40- 1:00pm           Joshua Gonsalves, Accelerating Auto-Nomos: Gramsci, the Fiat Occupations and the Aesthetics of Car Design/Art

1:10- 1:20pm             Response

1:20-2:00pm              Discussion

2:00-3:00pm Lunch Break

 

Panel II 3:00-6:00 pm

Respondent: Octavian Esanu

3:00-4:00pm              Lecture II Jiang Hongsheng, The Gramscian Southern Question and the Artistic Representation of Workers and Peasants in the Chinese Communist Movement (1921-1976)

4:00-4:20pm              Coffee break

4:20- 4:40                   Karen Benezra, The Problem of the Indian: Market and Thought

4:40-5:00pm              Sven Spieker, Didactic Art between Postmodernism and the Factory

5:00-5:20pm              Response

5:20 -6:00pm             Discussion

Upcoming Lecture: Prof. Tony Cutler (Penn State), Sep. 26 at 5:00 pm

The FAAH department invites you to a free public lecture by Prof. Anthony Cutler (Professor of Art History, Penn State University) entitled “Dissolving the Fourth Wall” on Tuesday, September 26, 2017, at 5:00 pm in College Hall, Auditorium B1 (AUB).

See the flyer below for more details.Dissolving-the-Fourth-Wall-Poster

 

Upcoming Conference: The “Southern Question,” Nov. 3-4, 2017

Join the FAAH department for the upcoming ARTmargins conference “The Southern Question” on from November 3-4, 2017 between 11:00 am – 6:00 pm. Detailed conference program to follow.

Participants include: Karen Benezra, Nadia Bou-Ali, Lorenzo Chiesa, Octavian Esanu, Joshua D. Gonsalves, Angela Harutyunyan, Jiang Hongsheng, Sven Spieker.

The idea of the “South,” not only as a geographical or geopolitical designation, but also as a critical framework for art, has gained traction in recent years. To paraphrase the terms of the most recent Documenta exhibition, what might it mean to historicize the art and artistic networks of the colonial and post-colonial world as neither merely “places on a map” nor “states of mind” but from the point of view of their mutual implication in the concrete societies from which they emerge?

The “Southern Question” in our title alludes to two seemingly incongruous critical frameworks for approaching the potentially political role of art and intellectual production: while one evokes the movement towards political solidarity and economic autonomy uniting the emerging nation-states of the global south as part of the Cold War Non-Aligned Movement, the other takes as its analytical framework the intertwined material and ideological conditions of determinate national social formations. Seeking inspiration in Gramsci’s treatment of the Southern Question it aims to explore the potentials and limitations of the category of class for mass political organization.

Invoking the “Southern Question” is an invitation to consider the usefulness of the “South” as a category for the criticism, theory, and history of art. As hitherto marginalized art and social contexts become the common fare of particularized canons and global art markets, how shall we define the “marginal” in critical-methodological terms? What kinds of critical and artistic work might help us to seize the current moment of the disorganization and re-organization of capitalist hegemony? Bracketing inherited divisions within and between the fields of Marxism and post-colonial studies, we invite participants to help define the critical and methodological questions implied by the term “South.”

Download this conference flyer.

Image Courtesy: Joshua D. Gonsalves
Image Courtesy: Joshua D. Gonsalves

UPCOMING CONCERT: April 24-25, Fortunat Frölich’s “About Love | عن الحب”

Join us for a free performance of Fortunat Frölich’s “About Love عن الحب” conducted by Thomas Kim (Chairperson and Assistant Professor of Music, FAAH) and Fortunat Frölich (choR inteR kultuR), and sung by Rima Kcheich (Instructor of Music, FAAH). The performances will take place on April 24 + 25, at 7:30 pm, in the AUB Assembly Hall.

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