Check out the Art of the Middle East and South and Southeast Asian Art galleries before they close this weekend, including the following three special exhibitions.
Abdulnasser Gharem: Pause features the work of a lieutenant colonel in the Saudi army, whose artwork was transformed by the aftermath of September 11, 2001. Don’t miss his first solo exhibition in the United States, which includes large-scale paintings that feature geometric designs, floral arabesques, and other canons of Islamic art.
Storytelling in Bali presents 13 paintings from a collection that once belonged to cultural anthropologists Gregory Bateson and Margaret Mead. The works are inspired by various forms of Balinese storytelling including dance, drama, and the form of shadow puppetry known as wayang kulit. Many of the stories are drawn from epic narratives of Hindu and Buddhist mythology that were transmitted from India and subsequently translated into local legends.
Monsoon: Indian Paintings of the Rainy Season conveys the ways in which Indian literature, music, and visual arts have mirrored and amplified broadly shared cultural perspectives on the monsoon. Discover lovers sneaking out under cover of stormy nights, visits to the monsoon retreats of holy men, and divine beings associated with sources of water and rain.
And, on Sunday at 4 pm join artist Sam Durant in conversation with Timothy Phillips, CEO and Founder of Beyond Conflict. Durant and Phillips will discuss the role art plays in addressing social conflict and imagining possibilities for resolution and reconciliation.