News & Events Highlights
Department co-sponsored colloquium: Departments of History and Literature: Medieval Studies Colloquium
Saturday, February 25, All Day
Thursday, February 23, 6:00 PM
The Block Museum is proud to welcome Abdellah Karroum who will speak to his work as the director of Mathaf: Arab Museum of Modern Art in Qatar and as the founder and artistic director of L’appartement 22, an experimental collaborative space for exhibitions and artists’ residencies in Rabat, Morocco. The museum director will also discuss his recent research examining artistic production during the decade preceding the uprisings in Tunisia and the Arab World. Karroum will expand on the idea of a “generation 00” of artists working as citizens who produced works opposing and critically reading the political and social situations of the early 21st Century. Karroum’s research focuses on the years between 1999 and 2011, highlighting a long decade of disruptive artistic initiatives that preceded the so-called “revolutions” and political actions of the Arab Spring. Karroum suggests this “Generation 00, including artists Amal Kenawy (Egypt) and Manal Al Dowayan (Saudi Arabia), Ismail Bahri (Tunisia), and Mustapha Akrim (Morocco), intertwined politics with curatorial and editorial projects, offering new paths for change and citizen-led action. Karroum’s presentation will be followed by a conversation with S. Hollis Clayson, Professor of Art History and Bergun Evans Professor in the Humanities, and Brian Edwards, Crown Professor in Middle East Studies.
Tuesday, March 7, 4:00 PM
Tour of Mining Pictures, an exhibition at the Block Museum curated by Block fellow and current Art History graduate student Talia Shabtay