Museum as Hub: Beirut Art Center, New York
babelmed - 04/01/2012
"Museum as Hub: Beirut Art Center” is a project which includes an exhibition, the presentation of Beirut Art Center’s Mediatheque and a series of events taking place at the New Museum, New York from the 14th of December 2011 to the 5th of Feb 2012 .
The exhibition entitled “Due to unforeseen events…”, examines specific cases in which the production or presentation of an artwork in Lebanon was altered from its original idea, hence raising unexpected questions and unfolding new meanings. The exhibition features descriptions of each case in addition to new commissions, in which artists respond to the alteration of their original ideas or intentions, using archival documentation as well as new texts, images, and objects. The aim is to question issues that are relevant to contemporary art practices and the recent history and politics of Lebanon, such as the relation between art and public spaces, the critical reception of works, and censorship. The exhibition features works by Ziad Abillama, Tony Chakar, Joana Hadjithomas and Khalil Joreige, Rabih Mroué, and Kirsten Scheid.
In the resource center, Beirut Art Center will also present their Mediatheque , a digital archive that offers public access to works —including video, image, sound, and text—by artists from Arab countries, Iran, Turkey and Armenia. The mediatheque alos includes a selected archive of events that took place at Beirut Art Center since its opening.
Beirut Art Center has also organized a series of public performances and screenings in conjunction with the exhibitiion. “Museum as Hub: Beirurt Art Center” is organized by Sandra Dagher and Lamia Joreige.
For further information: