Upcoming talks at NYU Abu Dhabi

There's a good line up of talks coming up this week and next week at NYU Abu Dhabi. They include talks about UAE Architecture, the past and future of the Avant Garde, Artist vs Material. The talks are open to the public and free to attend.

Here's the schedule:

The Architectural Heritage of Dubai
Date: Monday, 25th April 2016, 6.30pm - 8.00pm
Venue: NYUAD Campus, Conference Center

This lecture explores select archeological heritage sites of Dubai from 1587 to 1950, covering a variety of diverse buildings used for defensive, educational, religious, and commercial purposes. Through the use of photos, the speaker discusses and displays restoration projects in Dubai over the past 25 years, such as the Shaikh Saeed House, the Al Fuhaidi District, and the Shandagha District.

Speaker: Rashad Bukhash CEO, Architectural Heritage and Antiquities Department, Dubai Municipality

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The Past and Future of the Avant Garde: New York, Warhol, and the World — Readings and Conversation with Kenneth Goldsmith and Gilda Williams
Date: Thursday, 28th April 2016, 6.00pm - 8.00pm
Venue: NYUAD Art Gallery
NYUAD Art Gallery

The Art Gallery is pleased to host a special event in collaboration with the Arts & Humanities Division:

  • Kenneth Goldsmith, a conceptual poet on the faculty of the University of Pennsylvania, was the first poet laureate of the Museum of Modern Art. His recent book, Capital, rewrites Walter Benjamin’s Arcades Project with New York rather than Paris as the subject. He is the founder and curator of ubu.com.
  • Gilda Williams, an art critic on the faculty of Goldsmiths College, University of London, is the compiler of the new anthology ON&BY Andy Warhol, published this spring by Whitechapel Gallery and MIT Press. Her other books include How to Write About Contemporary Art

Each author will present material from new works, followed by a conversation about the avant garde past, present, and future.

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Art vs Material
Date: Saturday, 30th April 2016, 5.00pm - 6.30pm
Venue: NYUAD Art Gallery

NOTE: This event will be in Arabic with simultaneous English translation. 

The Art Gallery at NYU Abu Dhabi presents a panel discussion with artists Mohamed Al Mazrouei and Mays Albaik, moderated by Salwa Mikdadi, a leading expert on the history of Modern Arab art. 

The panel will explore issues relevant to the current exhibition Diana Al-Hadid: Phantom Limb through the eyes of the panelists.

Both Al Mazrouei and Albaik’s work deal with unusual materials and subtle but distinct biographical references, all relevant issues for Diana Al-Hadid’s work as well. These artists will present and talk about the materiality and the biographical aspect of their artistic practice, and the different strategies they use in their creative process.


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