05 Mar 2015 - 08 Mar 2015
PIERS 92 & 94

Curated by Omar Kholeif and realised in partnership with Art Jameel (Education Partner) and Edge of Arabia (Cultural Partner), Focus: MENAM examined contemporary cultural and artistic practices from across the MENAM region, reflecting the region’s diversity and dynamism through a series of curated presentations, site specific projects and a dedicated symposium.

PARTICIPATING GALLERIES & ARTISTS: Agial Art, Beirut: Saloua Raouda Choucair, Saba Innab, TANBAK; Alexander and Bonin, New York: Mona Hatoum; Athr Gallery, Jeddah: Mahdi Aljeraibi, Ayman Yossri Daydban, Ahmed Mater; CRG Gallery, New York: Jumana Manna; EOA.Projects, London: Rashed Al Shashai, Yazan Khalili, Mounir Fatmi, Oraib Toukan, Foundland; Galerist, Istanbul: Nil Yalter; Taymour Grahne Gallery, New York: Fayçal Baghriche, Lamia Joreige; Gypsum Gallery, Cairo: Doa Aly, Mona Marzouk, Setareh Shahbazi; Kalfayan Galleries, Athens: Adrian Paci, Hrair Sarkissian, Panos Tsagaris, Raed Yassin; Lawrie Shabibi, Dubai: Wafaa Bilal; Claude Lemand Gallery, Paris: Shafic Abboud, Dia Al-Azzawi; Lombard Freid Gallery, New York & Galerie Janine Rubeiz, Beirut: Huguette Caland; Meem Gallery, Dubai: Marwan; Galeri NON, Istanbul: Lawrence Abu Hamdan, Meriç Algün Ringborg; Pi Artworks, Istanbul, London: Susan Hefuna.
ARMORY FOCUS SYMPOSIUM: Curated by Fawz Kabra, Assistant Curator, Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation. OPENING REMARKS: Noah Horowitz, Executive Director, The Armory Show, Renata Papsch, General Manager, Art Jameel; REMAPPING HISTORIES, EXPANDING TERRITORIES: Omar Kholeif, Shiva Balaghi; Iftikhar Dadi; Reem Fadda; MAKING DISCOURSE: Anne Barlow, Aleya Hamza; Lamia Joreige; Stephen Stapleton; “MENAM" IN A GLOBALIZED CULTURAL ECONOMY: Sultan Sooud Al Qassemi, Tariq Al Jaidah, Roupen Kalfayan; Samar Martha; Princess Alia Al-Senussi; FILM SCREENING: INFERNO, 2013: By Yael Bartana; INTRODUCTION AND RECAP OF DAY I: THE WAY THINGS CAN GO: Fawz Kabra, Brian Kuan Wood, Tarek El Ariss; Regine Basha; Nada Shabout; ARTIST AS INSTITUTION: Fawz Kabra, GCC; Marwa Arsanios; Shuruq Harb; Khalil Rabah; REGIONAL ATTACHÉS: Nora Razian, Sara Raza; Basak Senova; Chen Tamir; THE ARMORY SHOW COMMISSIONED ARTIST: Lawrence Abu Hamdan, Omar Kholeif.
ARMORY FOCUS: MENAM SPECIAL PROJECTS: As part of the FOCUS: MENAM, seven on-site projects were commissioned by Omar Kholeif and Edge of Arabia to create a variety of distinctive environments within Pier 94 including: Lawrence Abu Hamdan, A Convention of Tiny Movements, 2015; Abbas Akhavan, Untitled Garden, 2008/2015; CULTURUNNERS & FREEWAY, 2015; Joana Hadjithomas & Khalil Joreige, Circle of Confusion, 1998; Ahmed Mater, Cowboy Code (Hadith), 2012; Incarnation, 2004/2015; Oraib Toukan, The New(er) Middle East, 2007.

Art Jameel

Art Jameel supports artists and creative communities. Current initiatives include running heritage institutes and restoration programmes, plus a broad range of arts and educational initiatives for all ages. The organisation’s programmes foster the role of the arts in building open, connected communities; at a time of flux and dramatic societal shifts, this role is understood as more crucial than ever.

Art Jameel’s model is collaborative: major institutional partners include Delfina Foundation, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Prince’s School of Traditional Arts and  the Victoria and Albert Museum. Locally, the organisation works with individuals and organisations to develop innovative programming that embraces both ancient and new technologies, and encourages entrepreneurship and the development of cultural networks.

The Armory Show

The Armory Show is New York’s leading fair for modern and contemporary art. A seminal event in the New York arts calendar, the fair spearheads Armory Arts Week, a city-wide program of cultural events and exhibitions. Once again, the fair will comprise of an acclaimed VIP program, a lively opening night benefit party at the Museum of Modern Art and the engaging Open Forum discussion series. For the fourth year running the fair will be designed by Brooklyn-based architects Bade Stageberg Cox who will transform Piers 92 and 94 along the Hudson River on Manhattan’s west side into a spectacular setting for over 65,000 visitors who come to New York for this principal event in the international art market calendar.

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