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/
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Jabre Lecture Series: Amanda Beech, March 30

Join us on Thursday, March 30 at 6:00 pm in College Hall, B1 for a public lecture entitled “Decisive Constructions: Art After the Crises of the Image” by Amanda Beech, Dean of Critical Studies at CalArts, which is part of the AUB Art Galleries and the Department of Fine Arts and Art History’s  Jabre Lecture Series in Art History and Curating .

Amanda Beech will be visiting AUB from March 25th-April 7th, 2017, as a URB Visiting Scholar, co-hosted by the Department of Fine Arts and Art History and the Department of Philosophy. 

See the PDF flyer for more details about the Jabre lecture: Beech Poster

Also join us on Friday, March 31 at 5:00-7:00 pm in College Hall, Auditorium B1 for a public screening of Beech’s video works Final Machine, 2013 and Sanity Assassin, 2010, which will be followed by a conversation with Ray Brassier (AUB, Philosophy) and Angela Harutyunyan (AUB, FAAH). Visit the following for more information about this event: https://www.facebook.com/events/680007578872779/

 

NEW GRADUATE PROGRAM: MA in Art History and Curating, accepting applications for Fall 2017

The Department of Fine Arts and Art History is pleased to announce the launch of the MA in Art History and Curating. Applications are currently being accepted for Fall 2017.

You can view the program’s curriculum here: curriculum_ma_arthistorycurating

Visit the department website to learn more about us: https://www.aub.edu.lb/fas/faah/Academics/Pages/ma-art-curating.aspx

To apply, visit: https://graduateadmissions.aub.edu.lb/

AUB Graduate Application Deadlines for Fall 2017-18: Feb. 10, 2017 + Apr. 3, 2017

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Jabre Lecture Series: Venetia Porter, British Museum

Dr. Venetia Porter, curator of Islamic and contemporary Middle Eastern art at the British Museum, will be delivering a public lecture entitled:

Disasters of War: The Inspiration of Goya

Thurs. April 14 | 5:00-6:30 pm | College Hall, Auditorium B1 | American University of Beirut

Artists of different worlds, Farideh Lashai from Iran, and the Chapman brothers from Britain found inspiration in Francisco Goya’s Los Desastres de la Guerra made between 1810 and 1820 depicting the atrocities of the long war between France and Spain. They engaged directly with Goya’s etchings creating new meanings. This lecture will discuss these two works, why Goya’s Disasters has proved so inspirational across time, and the multi-facetted ways in which war and its effects continue to be depicted by Lebanese and other artists of the Middle East.

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Francisco Goya, Desastres de la guerra 1810-1820. Source: Trustees of the British Museum

Venetia Porter has been a curator at the British Museum since 1989, and works on the collections of Islamic and contemporary Middle Eastern art. Born in Beirut, she studied Arabic and Islamic art at the University of Oxford, and her Ph.D from the University of Durham, was on the history and architecture of medieval Yemen. Her research and publications have ranged across a variety of subjects from Arabic inscriptions to Middle Eastern art. She has curated two major exhibitions at the British Museum: Word into Art: Artists of the Modern Middle East, in 2006, which travelled to Dubai in 2008, and Hajj: journey to the heart of Islam (2012).

This talk is hosted by the AUB Art Galleries and co-organized by the Department of Fine Arts and Art History as part of the Jabre Lecture Series on Art History and Curating. The Jabre Lecture Series is made possible by a generous donation of Philippe Jabre.  The series aims to present talks by distinguished professionals, local and international, to promote discussion and consideration of the intersections between art history and curating.

For more information about this lecture, please email Hala Auji at ha156@aub.edu.lb