Readings and Performance
Thursday, April 10, 2014, 630-9PM
Whitebox Art Center
329 Broome St.
New York, NY
630 PM Book signing with Samia Halaby and Alison Weir
7PM Samia Halaby reads Samia Halaby, Five Decades of Painting and Innovation by Maymanah Farhat, published by Booth Clibborn Editions. She also reads select excerpts from Art of Palestine, A detailed study of Palestinian art during the second half of the twentieth century
745PM Performance by artist Elias Wakeem: video screening Borderline Drag Show and drag show lip-sync to Fairouz’s Can You See How Big the Sea Is?
8PM Alison Weir reads Against Our Better Judgment: The Hidden History of How the U.S. was Used to Create Israel
Samia Halaby: Five Decades of Painting and Innovation offers an unprecedented look at one of the world’s leading abstract painters. Spanning over five decades of the Palestinian artist’s illustrious career, from her early student days in the 1960s to her most recent series in 2013, the book contains nearly 450 colour reproductions, presenting her expansive oeuvre through paintings, prints, and drawings. These images are accompanied by an in-depth essay by art historian Maymanah Farhat in addition to the personal reflections of the artist on her theories of abstraction and the many inspirations and approaches that were involved in creating some of her most recognized works.
Samia A. Halaby is a Palestinian artist and scholar who lives and works in New York. Born in Jerusalem in 1936 during the British Mandate, today she is recognized as one of the Arab world’s leading contemporary painters. Halaby has also been active in American academia, teaching art at the university level for seventeen years, a decade of which was spent as an associate professor at the renowned Yale School of Art (1972–82) as the first woman ever to hold the position of associate professor. In addition to participating in leftist political organizing for various causes, she has long been an advocate of pro-Palestinian struggles.
Elias Wakeem, also known as Madam Tayoush, is an emerging queer arab Palestinian artist living and working in New York City. Through performance she examines the reaction of the audience to her personal story of the place she grew up in with its geographical, historical and political situations. Madam Tayoush created over the past few years a series of monthly radical queer drag ball parties in Jerusalem called “Jerusalem is Burning”.
Alison Weir’s new book Against Our Better Judgment: The Hidden History of How the U.S. was Used to Create Israel. Alison Weir is a journalist, author and president of the “Council for the National Interest” as well as executive director of “If Americans Knew” a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing Americans with information on topics of importance that are misreported or under-reported in the American media.