Taking Shape: Abstraction from the Arab World
Date(s) - 09/28/2022 - 09/29/2022
6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
The Block Museum
The Block Museum
Taking Shape: Abstraction from the Arab World: Gallery Talk
Taking Shape: Abstraction from the Arab World, 1950s–1980s explores mid-20th-century abstract art from North Africa, West Asia, and the Arab diaspora—a vast geographic expanse that encompasses diverse cultural, ethnic, linguistic, and religious backgrounds. Comprising nearly 90 works by artists from countries including Algeria, Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Morocco, Palestine, Qatar, Sudan, Syria, Tunisia, and the United Arab Emirates (UAE), the exhibition is drawn from the collection of the Barjeel Art Foundation based in Sharjah, UAE.
At its heart, Taking Shape raises fundamental questions: How do we study abstraction across different contexts, and what modes of analysis do we use? Looking critically at narratives of mid-20th-century abstraction, the exhibition rethinks art-historical canons and expands conversations around global modernisms.
Learn more and look deeply at selected works in Taking Shape during a gallery talk led by Sarah Dwider, Block Museum 2021-22 Graduate Fellow and Northwestern PhD Student, Department of Art History.
FREE AND OPEN TO ALL –
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