Wassan Al-Khudhairi Lecture: Curating in the South and in the Middle East

East++ Institute for New Artistic Inquiry and Multicultural Center Presents: Curating in the South and in the Middle East

Wassan Al-Khudhairi
Chief Curator, Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis

March 5th, Monday 4:30 PM
VA Perception Lab #1016
Purchase College

Al-Khudhairi was born in Kuwait to Iraqi parents. She has lived in Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, England, California, Georgia, Egypt, Qatar, Korea, and Birmingham, Alabama. Previous positions have included Co-Artistic Director at the Gwangju Biennale Foundation in South Korea; and Founding Director of Mathaf: Arab Museum of Modern Art in Qatar. She has also held positions at the Brooklyn Museum, British Museum, and the High Museum of Modern Art. Al-Khudhairi studied at the Getty Leadership Institute at Claremont Graduate University and holds degrees from the University of London’s School of Oriental and African Studies and Georgia State University.
At the Birmingham Museum Al-Khudhairi co-curated an initiative called shift, a temporary platform for social change that served as a satellite space in downtown Birmingham. The program was designed to bring contemporary programming beyond the walls of the museum, engaging new audiences, expanding the museum community, and working with local artists in more non-traditional ways. As Founding Director of Mathaf, she was responsible for establishing the museum’s artistic program as well as overseeing policy development, acquisitions, and managing the museum’s collection. She co-curated Mathaf’s inaugural exhibition, Sajjil: A Century of Modern Art and curated Cai Guo-Qiang: Saraab.