Come celebrate the launch of ArteEast’s Summer 2016 Quarterly Magazine! Edited by Mirene Arsanios, this retrospective issue comprises six texts culled from the Quarterly’s archive. Focusing on language—institutional language, poetic essays, press reviews, fragments and notes, and on the zine as an active interface for language games and narrative plots— the featured texts reflect on language as a cultural and ideological construct as well as a medium for rupture and experimentation. Contributors include Rasha Salti and Omar Amiralay, Nida Ghouse, Brian Rogers, Beirut, Kirsten Scheid, and Haytham El Wardany.
An informal conversation with Kirsten Scheid, Clare Davies, and Brian Kuan Wood will accompany the launch. Scheid will address her use of press reviews and magazine articles as source material for her PhD thesis on Lebanese Modern Art. Clare Davies will talk about her different roles and language practices as art historian, curator, and art writer. Brian Kuan Wood will talk about his editorial experience at e-flux journal and discuss questions of readership, languages, and geographies. The discussion will be moderated by Managing Editor Mirene Arsanios, who will also briefly introduce the history and initial impetus behind the creation of ArteEast’s Quarterly Magazine.
Kirsten Scheid teaches anthropology at the American University of Beirut. She earned her PhD in Anthropology from Princeton University and her BA in Art History from Columbia University. She has conducted field and archival research since 1992 in Lebanon and Palestine focusing on aesthetic movements, intellectual elites, and cultural activism. Kirsten is also a consultant and contributor to the MOMA’s Primary Documents Series: Arab Art in the Twentieth Century.
Clare Davies is an art historian and Assistant Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art, Middle East, North Africa and Turkey at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.
Brian Kuan Wood is a writer based in New York. He is an editor of e-flux journal.
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