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Madiha Umar (Aleppo, Syria, 1908–New York City, 2005),
Session 1: The Barjeel Art Foundation and Taking Shape
Sultan Sooud Al-Qassemi, founder of the Barjeel Art Foundation, will discuss this independent, UAE-based initiative, which he established in 2009 to study, preserve, and exhibit modern art from the Arab world, and to foster critical conversations about regional modernisms. Suheyla Takesh, a curator at Barjeel and co-curator of "Taking Shape," will discuss her role in organizing the exhibition, framing her investigation of modernism’s development in mid-20th century North Africa and West Asia within today’s rethinking of the canon of abstract art. Moderated by Lynn Gumpert, director of NYU’s Grey Art Gallery and co-curator of the exhibition.

"Taking Shape: New Perspectives on Arab Abstraction, A Zoom Webinar Series" is being recorded and will be made available captioned on our website at a future date.

Co-organized by NYU's Grey Art Gallery and Hagop Kevorkian Center for Near Eastern Studies, and co-sponsored by ArteEast. Offered in conjunction with the exhibition "Taking Shape: Abstraction from the Arab World, 1950s–1980s," on view at NYU's Grey Art Gallery in early 2020.

Madiha Umar, ''Untitled,'' 1978 (detail). Watercolor on paper. Collection of the Barjeel Art Foundation, Sharjah, UAE

May 28, 2020 12:00 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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Sultan Sooud Al-Qassemi
Founder @Barjeel Art Foundation
Sultan Sooud Al Qassemi is founder of the Barjeel Art Foundation, an independent initiative established in 2010 to contribute to the intellectual development of the art scene in the Arab region by building a prominent and publicly accessible art collection in the United Arab Emirates. Sultan is currently researching a book on modern architecture in Sharjah, UAE, and lectures on the politics of modern Middle Eastern art in U.S. universities.
Suheyla Takesh
Curator @Barjeel Art Foundation
Suheyla Takesh is a curator at the Barjeel Art Foundation. She received her masters in History, Theory and Criticism of Architecture and Art, AKPIA at MIT, and she has previously curated exhibitions at the Sharjah Art Museum, the Contemporary Art Platform in Kuwait, and the Aga Khan Museum in Toronto, among others.
Lynn Gumpert
Director @NYU’s Grey Art Gallery
Lynn Gumpert is director of NYU's Grey Art Gallery, where she has overseen more than 70 exhibitions since her arrival in 1997. Previously she was an independent writer and curator, and organized shows in New York, Japan, and France. From 1980 to 1988 she was Curator and Senior Curator at the New Museum of Contemporary Art, New York. She wrote the first major monograph on the French artist Christian Boltanski (Flammarion,1992) and has contributed essays to numerous publications.