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BOOK LAUNCH: THE FERTILE CRESCENT

THE FERTILE CRESCENT: GENDER, ART, AND SOCIETY

written by Judith K. Brodsky And Ferris Olin
with additional essays
by Margot Badran, Kelly Baum, and Gilane Tawadros

PUBLISHES IN NOVEMBER WITH LAUNCH EVENT AT
THE NEW YORK PUBLIC LIBRARY

 
Wednesday, November 14, 2012
6:00-8:00 p.m.

An Art Book Series Event presented by

The New York Public Library and D.A.P. /Distributed Art Publishers

Judith Brodsky and Ferris Olin will be in conversation with
Kelly Baum, Gilane Tawadros and Artists Negar Ahkami and Nil Yalter

FREE, OPEN TO PUBLIC

Event details:
Margaret Liebman Berger Forum
Room 227, 2nd floor (Opens to Public at 5:30 p.m.)
The New York Public Library, Stephen A. Schwarzman Building
5th Avenue at 42nd Street
New York, NY 10018
917-275-6975

The Fertile Crescent: Gender, Art, and Society, published by Rutgers University Institute for Women and Art and distributed by D.A.P./Distributed Art Publishers, presents the work of 24 contemporary women artists of Middle East heritage who examine matters of gender, homeland, geopolitics, theology, and the environment through painting, video, photography, sculpture, film, performance art, and multi-media. These artists challenge Western stereotypes of Middle Eastern women, while acknowledging existing social and theological restrictions that have caused many of them to leave their homelands.

Judith K. Brodsky and Ferris Olin, co-directors of the Institute for Women and Art at Rutgers, and authors of The Fertile Crescent: Gender, Art and Society, along with essayists Kelly Baum and Gilane Tawadros, and artists Negar Ahkami and Nik Yalter engage in a discussion about the complex social, theological and historic issues that have, and continue to shape, the status of Middle East women. The discussion addresses the multiple identities of women artists from the Middle East as women, and as Muslims, Christians, Jews, or a secular identity, and often as members of the diaspora.

The book is published in conjunction with a fall 2012 multi-venue exhibition at Rutgers and Princeton Universities and the Arts Council/Paul Robeson Center for the Arts, among other locations.

For more information, visit www.fertile-crescent.org.

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