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/

See the flyer for more details:

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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

 

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/