The following was the order of the program for Desert to Delta: A Symposium on Contemporary Art from Saudi Arabia:
Location: Room 250 of the Art and Communication Building
Time: 1-6 pm
Date: November 5, 2017
1. Introductory remarks by AMUM director, Leslie Luebbers, Ph.D.
2. Introduction to AMUM project and overview of exhibition, Warren Perry
3. Beverly Tsacoyianis, Saudi history
4. Dan Mills, project history and curating the contemporary Saudi experience
5. Samira Rahbe, Saudi street art
6. Sandra Williams, the challenge of the one person show, Abdulnasser Gharem and LACMA
7. Basmah Felemban, art and the cosmos
8. Program wrap up
9. Ryan Watt, Indie Memphis, and Saudi cinema
10. Reception at AMUM, galleries open
AMUM opened in 1981 and continues to host temporary exhibitions of contemporary art and culture alongside selections from our permanent collections. Since 1994, the visiting artist series has brought innovative contemporary projects to Memphis. Artists from the Mid-South, New York, Chicago, Great Britain, Germany, The Czech Republic, and Russia have designed site-based installations that include community and student participation. Egyptian antiquities and African art are exhibited in galleries dedicated to these collections.
Our collections of Egyptian antiquities and African art are exhibited in dedicated galleries and periodically updated with new themes. Students and scholars work with art, objects and archival materials from our diverse collections researching individual works and developing exhibitions. The 19th century to present-day print/drawing collection includes several strengths: the work of Samuel H. Crone, Carroll Cloar's lithographs, Épinal prints depicting Napoleon Bonaparte's life, Beth Van Hoesen's preparatory drawings and prints, and Andy Warhol's polaroids, prints and silk screens.
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