Modern Symposium: Performing Modernity: Baghdad of the mid-twentieth century



Presented by Dr Nada Shabout, this talk will explore a number of pivotal politico-cultural events and their articulations in Baghdad between the 1940s and 1960s particularly as manifest in engagements and expressions artists’ groups and movements. It will provide the context and introduce the issues and protagonists of the Iraqi art scene that were instrumental in charting modernism and its future trajectories.


A professor of Art History and the Coordinator of the Contemporary Arab and Muslim Cultural Studies Initiative (CAMCSI) at the University of North Texas, Shabout is the founding president of the Association for Modern and Contemporary Art from the Arab World, Iran and Turkey (AMCA). She has published numerous articles on modern and contemporary Arab and Iraqi art and is currently co-editing the forthcoming volume Modern Art of the Arab World: Primary Documents at the Museum of Modern Art, New York, 2017.

Time: 12:30-1:30pm

Location: Art Dubai Talks, Mina A’Salam