UAE–USA United in Art: Building Bridges Through Art
24 Jun 2020
12:00PM - 1:30PM
|Where||Grey Art Gallery
100 Washington Square East
New York, NY 10003
Wednesday, June 24th, 2020 at 12 pm EDT
Moderated by Suzy Sikorski, Founder of Mid East Art, along with panelists Antonia Carver, Director, Art Jameel; Lynn Gumpert, Director, Grey Art Gallery, New York University; Hala Khayat, Director & Head of Sale, Christie’s, Dubai; Clare Davies, Assistant Curator, Modern and Contemporary Art, Middle East, North Africa, and Turkey, Metropolitan Museum of Art. This distinguished panel will explore how the relationship between United States and United Arab Emirates–based institutions has shaped the regional art scene in the last decade. The discussion will highlight how these partnerships created an influential ecosystem of arts experts in education, museums, the art market, and philanthropy.
Clare Davies, Assistant Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art, Middle East, North Africa, and Turkey—Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York
Clare Davies joined the Met in 2015 as its first curator of Modern and Contemporary Art to focus on the Middle East, North Africa, and Turkey. Since then, she has built up the museum’s holdings of modern works from the region and organized three special exhibitions including Siah Armajani: Follow This Line, Rayyane Tabet / Alien Property, and Spiritual Pop: Art in 1960s Iran. Davies holds a Ph.D. from the Institute of Fine Arts, NYU, and was awarded the inaugural Irmgard Coninx Prize Fellowship at the Forum Transregionale Studien, Berlin.
Hala Khayat, Director, Head of Sale, Middle Eastern Modern & Contemporary Art —Christie’s, Dubai
Hala Khayat plays a significant role in the expansion and internationalization of the art market in the Middle East, including developing Christie’s Dubai since its inception in 2007. Along with lecturing on Arab art history and the market throughout the region since 2010, she co-curates related events. She also engages with many NGOs in raising funds for causes such as the World Food Program, Noor Dubai, the Pink Caravan, and others. After studying Visual Communications at the University of Damascus, she received her Master’s degree in Design Studies from Central Saint Martin’s in London. In 2015 she was named one of the 100 most influential Arabs under forty by Arabian Business.
Lynn Gumpert, Director—Grey Art Gallery, NYU
Since her arrival at the Grey in 1997, Lynn has overseen more than 70 exhibitions. Previously she was an independent writer and curator, and organized shows in New York, Japan, and France. From 1980 to 1988 she was Curator and Senior Curator at the New Museum of Contemporary Art, New York. She wrote the first major monograph on the French artist Christian Boltanski (Flammarion,1992) and has contributed numerous essays to exhibition catalogues, books, and journals.
Antonia Carver, Director—Art Jameel
Antonia Carver oversees Art Jameel’s work across heritage, education and the arts, and the management of two institutions — Jameel Arts Centre, Dubai, which opened in November 2018, and Hayy: Creative Hub, Jeddah, set to launch in 2021. She was Director of Art Dubai (2010–16), a leading international fair. Antonia writes on art and film for international and regional publications and also edits books and journals. She was a co-founder of the Dubai International Film Festival (2004–11) and in 2004, joined Bidoun as an editor and later director of its projects division. Before moving to the UAE, Antonia was based in London, where she was an editor at Phaidon Press. She holds an MA in social anthropology from the University of Edinburgh.
Suzy Sikorski, Founder—Mid East Art
Suzy Sikorski is an art researcher who specializes in modern art history of the Arabian Gulf region. In 2016 she founded Mid East Art, a digital platform that serves as both art-historical archive and online periodical featuring interviews and exhibition reviews. She received a Fulbright Scholarship to the United Arab Emirates in 2016–17 and is currently a Junior Specialist in Middle Eastern Modern & Contemporary art at Christie’s in Dubai. Suzy holds a BA in Middle East Studies from Fordham University and completed her thesis on UAE Art History since the 1970s. She served as an assistant curator for the 35th Annual Emirates Fine Art Society exhibition, which opened at Sharjah Art Museum in 2018. Her entries on Emirati artists appear in the Benezit Dictionary of Artists. Suzy’s interviews and reviews have been featured in Canvas, ArtAsiaPacific, The National, Tribe, and Harper’s Bazaar Art Arabia.
Image: Abdul Qader Al Rais, Untitled, 2017. Oil on canvas. © 2017 Christie’s Images Limited