Daoud Lectureship: “Fantasmic Objects: Art and Sociality from Lebanon, 1920-1950”

Dr. Kirsten Scheid, an associate professor at the American University of Beirut and author of Fantasmic Objects, offers a striking study of both modern art in Lebanon and modern Lebanon through art on Thursday, April 11 at 7 p.m. in Towsley Lecture Hall.

An historical ethnography of “art acts” which played a significant role in founding the nation during French occupation (1920-1950), Fantasmic Objects foregrounds the decolonizing and self-civilizing efforts of painters, sculptors, and activists who fiercely upheld aesthetic development and battle for new forms of political and pious being.  It thus recontextualizes the art of Lebanon’s recent “postwar period” by closely reading artworks and careers, such as those of Moustapha Farrouk and Omar Onsi, through the lens of Islamic theories of fantasm that informed twentieth-century civic experimentation.

The talk is sponsored by The Daoud Family Lectureship in Middle Eastern Studies.  The public is invited to attend this free event.

Posted on Friday, April 05, 2024 by Linda Clawson (LClawson@albion.edu)