Upcoming Programs

Unless otherwise noted, programs are free of charge, no reservations, capacity limited. All are subject to change. Photo ID required for entrance to NYU buildings.

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>Reading and Conversation: “Golem Girl: A Memoir” (Riva Lehrer, 2020)
Mar 12, 2021 | 05:00 pm - 06:30 pm

Join us for a reading of "Golem Girl: A Memoir" (2020) and a conversation with authors/artists/disability activists Riva Lehrer and Sunaura Taylor. Riva Lehrer’s memoir is a vivid portrait of her life, growing up disabled and Jewish, discovering her sexuality and her place as an artist in the emerging world of Disability Culture. Organized by the NYU Center for Disability Studies. Registration required.

Webinar<br>Joseph Grigely and Emily Watlington in Conversation
Apr 09, 2021 | 04:00 pm - 05:30 pm

Join Joseph Grigely, artist and writer, and Emily Watlington, critic and curator, in conversation on art, disability, apologies, and other matters. Organized by the NYU Center for Disability Studies. 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>Screening and Discussion: “Vision Portraits” (Rodney Evans, 2019)
Mar 05, 2021 | 04:00 pm - 06:30 pm

Join us for a screening of "Vision Portraits" (2019) and discussion with filmmaker Rodney Evans and performance artist/dancer Kayla Hamilton. This feature-length documentary chronicles the creative paths of blind and visually impaired artists—photographer John Dugdale, dancer Kayla Hamilton, writer Ryan Knighton, and the director, award-winning filmmaker Rodney Evans. Organized by the NYU Center for Disability Studies. Registration required.

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.

Webinar<br>Digital Forays: Rewind, Repeat, Rehash: History, Materiality, and “Digital Colonialism”
Dec 03, 2020 | 12:30 pm - 02:00 pm

This panel will open up a space to think critically about the digital tools and approaches of heritage making in the region. Digital technologies can shroud and conceal other profits, motives, and lurking tropes from eras past—this week we explore three perspectives on digital tools that are making possible what we mourn, preserve, and remember. Join the Kevorkian Center with Saima Akhtar, Morehshin Allahyari, Roopika Risam, and discussant Nanna Bonde Thylstrup to think through these questions and discuss together issues of materiality and "digital colonialism." Registration required.