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Beirut Art Center: Due to unforeseen events…

Museum as Hub

12/14/11 - 02/05/12

“Museum as Hub: Beirut Art Center” is a project that includes an exhibition, the presentation of Beirut Art Center’s Mediatheque, and a series of events.

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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 a growing number of artists from Arab countries, Iran, Turkey, and Armenia. The Mediatheque also includes select documentation 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 exhibition.

“Museum as Hub: Beirurt Art Center” is organized by Sandra Dagher and Lamia Joreige.

Sponsors

Museum as Hub is made possible through the generous support of the Robert Sterling Clark Foundation.

Additional support is provided by the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs and the New York State Council on the Arts.

The Museum as Hub Residency Program is made possible through the lead support of the Rockefeller Foundation.

Additional funding is provided by Laurie Wolfert. Artist travel is supported, in part, by a grantfrom the Ford Foundation.

Endowment support is provided by the Rockefeller Brothers Fund, the Skadden, Arps Education Programs Fund, and the William Randolph Hearst Endowed Fund for Education Programs at the New Museum.

Education and public programs are made possible by a generous grant from Goldman Sachs Gives at the recommendation of David and Hermine Heller.

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