March 4, 2021
1:00 pm - 2:00 pm


Zoom Webinar

The Middle East Institute Arts and Culture Center is proud to open "In this Moonless Black Night: Syrian Art After the Uprising," an exhibition showcasing leading Syrian contemporary artists whose work explores the trauma of the past decade through the experiences of ordinary Syrians.

Please join us Thursday, March 4, 2021 from 1pm-2pm for a Zoom live talk and gallery walk-through with curator Maymanah Farhat. The exhibition’s 14 featured artists reflect on the widescale destruction of the country and the plight of its displaced through painting, multimedia, photography, video and installation. In the process, their work helps shape our understanding of the conflict, from the peaceful start of the revolution to the resulting humanitarian crisis.

Please make a timed appointment to visit the gallery or check out the show online when it opens to the public on Monday, March 8. It will run through Friday, July 16 2021.

Featured artists: Azza Abo Rebieh, Hiba Al Ansari, Ammar al-Beik, Nour Asalia, Tammam Azzam, Khaled Barakeh, Bady Dalloul, Oroubah Dieb, Osama Esid, Lara Haddad, Mohamed Hafez, Nagham Hodaifa, Essma Imady, Kevork Mourad. 

Photo: "Ayman & Ghina Unpacked Refugee Baggage (2017)" (courtesy of Mohamad Hafez)


Curator bio:

Maymanah Farhat’s art historical research and curatorial work focus on underrepresented artists and forgotten art scenes. Since 2005, she has written widely on twentieth and twenty-first century art, contributing essays and chapters to edited volumes, artist monographs, and museum and gallery catalogues. Farhat has also curated exhibitions throughout the U.S. and abroad, notably at the Center for Book Arts in Manhattan, Minnesota Museum of American Art, Arab American National Museum, Art Dubai, and Beirut Exhibition Center.

She has been included among Foreign Policy’s annual list of 100 Leading Global Thinkers in recognition of her scholarship on Syrian art after the uprising (2014) and honored by the Arab America Foundation as one of 40 Arab Americans under the age of 40 who have made significant contributions to the Arab American community (2020). She holds a BA in the History of Art and Visual Culture from the University of California, Santa Cruz and a MA in Museum Administration from St. John’s University, New York.


Our partners include:
The Violet Jabara Trust
Goethe-Institut, Washington D.C.