Nasser Al Salem, God is Alive, He Shall Not Die (blue), 2012, purchased with funds provided by the Al-Ammar Family, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, M.2014.181
Venetia Porter, Curator of Islamic and Contemporary Middle Eastern Art at the British Museum, will be giving a lecture in connection with the ongoing exhibition Islamic Art Now: Contemporary Art of the Middle East.
LACMA, Bing Theater
Free and open to the public
The Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) will host the world-premiere of Moroccan artist Hassan Hajjaj’s first feature length film, Karima: A Day in the Life of a Henna Girl. The film takes viewers into the world of one Hajjaj’s most iconic series, Kesh Angels, which depicts the “henna girls” of Marrakesh. During the course of a single day, Hajjaj follows a businesswoman named Karima and her friends, who make a living as henna artists in Jemaa el-Fnaa, the historic market in Marrakesh’s old city. From the quiet confines of Karima’s home to the bustling market where the women and one man woo tourists into adorning their bodies with henna, the film captures the humor, creativity, and strength of the “henna girls.” Set against the vibrant background of the city, the film provides a glimpse into the daily life of a Moroccan woman and the colorful world that inspires Hajjaj’s work.
The LACMA program will include a full screening of the film followed by a Q&A with Hassan Hajjaj and the film's principals, including Karima. It coincides with LACMA’s exhibition of Islamic Art Now: Contemporary Art from the Middle East – Part One, which features twenty-five works from LACMA’s growing collection of contemporary Middle Eastern art and includes two photographs by Hassan Hajjaj: Caravane (2011) and Gang of Kesh (2000).
This program is supported in part by the Art of the Middle East: CONTEMPORARY Council at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the City of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs, and the Sister Cities of Los Angeles.
LACMA, Bing Theater
Free, tickets required
In recent years, the parameters of Islamic art have expanded to include contemporary works by artists from or with roots in the Middle East. Drawing inspiration from their own cultural traditions, these artists use techniques and incorporate imagery and ideas from earlier periods. LACMA has only recently begun to acquire such work within the context of its holdings of Islamic art, understanding that the ultimate success and relevance of this collection lies in building creative links between the past, present, and future. Islamic Art Now marks the first major installation of LACMA’s collection of contemporary art of the Middle East.
As the first of a two-part program, this exhibition features approximately 25 works by artists from Iran and the Arab world, such as Shirin Neshat, Susan Hefuna, Lalla Essaydi, Mitra Tabrizian, Mona Hatoum, Hassan Hajjaj, Wafaa Bilal, Barbad Golshiri, and Youssef Nabil, among others.
Susan Hefuna, Woman Behind Mashrabiya I, 1997, Purchased with funds provided by Ann Colgin and Joe Wender, Kelvin Davis, John and Carolyn Diemer, Andy Gordon and Carlo Brandon, Deborah McLeod, and David and Mary Solomon through the 2013 Collectors Committee, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, M.2013.125
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