Online Event - Alex Dika Seggerman, "Islam and Surrealism: Abdel Hadi el-Gazzar's Postwar Painting in Egypt." March 10 @ 5pm

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Please join us for a Publication Highlight Talk at the McMullen Museum of Art, Boston College, Wednesday March 10 at 5pm:

Alex Dika Seggerman, "Islam and Surrealism: Abdel Hadi el-Gazzar's Postwar Painting in Egypt." 

Abstract:

In the years after World War II, the Egyptian artist Abdel Hadi el-Gazzar (1925-1966) developed a style of oil painting that incorporated Islamic mysticism with Surrealist principles. With this practice, Gazzar aimed to make art more accessible to the Egyptian people while also participating in transnational post-surrealist art movements. Drawing from her recently published book, Modernism on the Nile: Art in Egypt between the Islamic and the Contemporary (2019), Alex Dika 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.
 
Bio

Alex Dika Seggerman is Assistant Professor of Art History at Rutgers University-Newark. She is author of Modernism on the Nile: Art in Egypt between the Islamic and the Contemporary (University of North Carolina Press, 2019) and co-editor of the forthcoming Making Modernity in the Islamic Mediterranean (Indiana University Press, 2021)

 

Registration link:  https://tinyurl.com/yynw3jg6

For further details, see:  https://events.bc.edu/event/publication_highlight_islam_surrealism_abdel_hadi_el-gazzars_postwar_painting_in_egypt_with_alex_dika_seggarman?utm_campaign=widget&utm_medium=widget&utm_source=Boston+College+Events#.YDUpWhNKiCQ

This talk is sponsored by the Norma Jean Calderwood University Professorship in Islamc and Asian Art at Boston College.