Taking Shape: Abstraction from the Arab World, 1950s–1980s

Organized by the Grey Art Gallery. On view at the McMullen Museum of Art, Boston College

February 1–June 6, 2021

Taking Shape: Abstraction from the Arab World, 1950s–1980s
at the McMullen Museum of Art, Boston College

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Upcoming Programs

Webinar<br>“Islam & Surrealism: Abdel Hadi el-Gazzar’s Postwar Painting in Egypt” with Alex Dika Seggerman
Mar 10, 2021 | 05:00 pm - 06:00 pm

The McMullen Museum of Art at Boston College welcomes Rutgers University Professor Alex Dika Seggerman for a virtual presentation that delves into her recent publication, Modernism on the Nile: Art in Egypt between the Islamic and the Contemporary (2019). Drawing from Modernism on the Nile, Seggerman argues that Gazzar’s local and transnational connections are evidence of “constellational modernism,” a framework for understanding modern art in Egypt that challenges Euro-centric narratives of modernism and expands Islamic art history into the modern era. Registration required.

Webinar<br>Into the Collection: Orientalism and Expedition Photography
Apr 22, 2021 | 05:30 pm - 06:30 pm

In conjunction with the McMullen Museum of Art’s current exhibition, "Taking Shape: Abstraction from the Arab World, 1950s–1980s" (on tour after its debut at the Grey in 2020), Assistant Director Diana Larsen, aided by the Museum’s Student Ambassadors, will offer a virtual presentation on Orientalism and works of expedition photography in the Museum’s collection. Visitors are invited to learn from the presenters, ask questions, and share their knowledge and observations. Registration required.

Past Programs

Webinar<br>Walk + Talk through “Taking Shape” with Sultan Sooud Al Qassemi, Founder of the Barjeel Art Foundation and Visiting Instructor at Boston College
Mar 04, 2021 | 05:00 pm - 06:00 pm

To celebrate the virtual opening of "Taking Shape: Abstraction from the Arab World, 1950s–1980s" (on tour after its debut at the Grey in 2020), the McMullen Museum of Art invites guests to join Sultan Sooud Al Qassemi,  Founder of the Barjeel Art Foundation and Visiting Instructor at Boston College, for a virtual tour and Q+A session on the exhibition. Al Qassemi will introduce major themes in "Taking Shape" and will offer background and anecdotes on how the collection and the exhibition came together. Visitors are welcome to ask questions along the way. Registration required.