Symposium: Teaching Art of the Middle East and the Islamic World
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L: Taraneh Hemami, Alphabet of Silence, 2000; R: Ala Ebtekar, Under Every Deep A Lower Deep Opens, 2014. Ebtekar image courtesy of Gallery 16, San Francisco
This conference brings together educators, curators and makers from the Muslim world to discuss the opportunities and challenges of teaching and curating this material in the United States. It combines the didactic expertise of San Francisco State University, the curatorial knowledge of the de Young and the creative brilliance of internationally renowned artists. This event takes place in advance of the de Young museum’s highly anticipated fall 2018 exhibition, Muslims and Fashion Now (title not confirmed).
Keynote Speaker: Shiva Balaghi, Ph.D.
Balaghi is project director at the Berggruen Institute in Los Angeles. For nearly two decades, she taught history and art history at New York University and Brown University. She has written dozens of essays on Iranian art for museum catalogues and art publications in Europe, the U.S. and the Middle East. Her books include Saddam Hussein: A Biography (2005); Picturing Iran: Art, Society and Revolution (co-edited, 2002); and Reconstructing Gender in the Middle East (co-edited, 1994). Her recent curatorial projects include retrospectives of Parviz Tanavoli (co-curated, Davis Museum), Ghada Amer (AlSerkal Avenue, Dubai) and Marcos Grigorian (Frieze London).
Introductions | 10–10:45 am
Welcome from Renee Dreyfus (Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco), Mark Johnson (San Francisco State University School of Art), and Persis Karim (San Francisco State University Center for Iranian Diaspora Studies)
Keynote address: Shiva Balaghi
Panel 1: Contemporary Art | 10:45 am–noon
Introduction: Rijin Sahakian, independent writer, arts organizer
Deena Chalabi, associate curator of public practice, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art
Kathy Zarur, Ph.D., curator and lecturer, San Francisco State University and California College of the Arts
Ala Ebtekar, artist, founder and director of Art, Social Space and Public Discourse, Stanford University
Lunch | Noon–1 pm
Panel 2: Architecture and Design | 1–2:15 pm
Introduction: Renee Dreyfus, curator, ancient art and interpretation, Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco
Santhi Kavuri-Bauer, Ph.D., associate professor of art history, San Francisco State University
Dena Al-Adeeb, artist and Ph.D. candidate, Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies, New York University
Taraneh Hemami, artist, curator and senior adjunct, California College of the Arts
Panel 3: Fashion | 2:15–3:30 pm
Introduction: Jill D’Alessandro, curator, costume and textile arts, Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco
Reina Lewis, Ph.D., professor of cultural studies, London College of Fashion
Shereen M. Sabet, Ph.D., owner and president, Splashgear LLC
Saba Ali, stylist, writer, Style by Design
Closing Remarks | 3:30–4 pm
Purchase your ticket in advance online. A limited number of tickets will be available at the door. $20 general admission; free to students, faculty, and teachers with ID.
Teachers, students, and faculty: to reserve your free ticket, please email us at Nov4deYoung@gmail.com and let us know if you are a Teacher, Student or Other.
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Hosted by the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco and SF State, with support from SF State’s Center for Iranian Diaspora Studies and funding from the Spencer Foundation.
This dynamic and important conference is one of several kickoff events for the new Center for Iranian Diaspora Studies. Under the leadership of Professor Persis Karim, the center creates a vigorous, dynamic and fresh approach to researching Iranian diaspora communities as well as showcasing their artistic and cultural contributions across the globe.
The Spencer Foundation, established in 1962, is intended by founder Lyle M. Spencer’s direction to investigate ways in which education, broadly conceived, can be improved around the world. Dedicated to the support of high-quality research in education broadly construed, the foundation supports research in education and related disciplines, research training for education in the U.S. and abroad, and a variety of fellowship programs at the pre-doctoral, post-doctoral and senior levels.
The School of Art at San Francisco State University The School of Art at San Francisco State University is focused on the production of future generations of socially engaged artists who understand that individual and collaborative contributions to culture are paramount to their practice.