Organized by the Mandel Center For the Humanities in collaboration with the Rose Art Museum and the Robert D. Farber Archives and Special Collections at the Brandeis Library, this interdisciplinary series features engaged looking and active discussion about art and other objects housed in Brandeis collections.
In this Close Looking session, Muna Guvenc (Fine Arts) and Sheida Soleimani (Fine Arts) will discuss Annette Lemieux’s Left Right Left Right (1995), currently on view at the Rose within the exhibition, Yesterday’s Tomorrow.
This small group conversation will be hosted online via Zoom Webinar. Please RSVP to receive login credentials!
Muna Guvenc is an architectural and urban historian and an assistant professor of Fine Arts. Her work sits at the intersections of contemporary social theory, urban theory, and the politics of architecture. Her current book manuscript, Becoming Kurdish, is the first comprehensive study to examine contemporary architectural and urban history of Kurdish nationalism in Turkey. The book contributes to understanding how urban space and its socio-spatial divisions play out in experiencing inequalities, challenging existing political structures, and engendering alternative visions of social justice in the 21st century.
Sheida Soleimani is an Iranian-American artist and assistant professor of Fine Arts. The daughter of political refugees, who were persecuted by the Iranian government in the early 1980s, Soleimani makes work that melds sculpture, collage, and photography, highlighting her critical perspective on historical and contemporary socio-political occurrences in Iran. She focuses on media trends and disseminating societal occurrences in the news, adapting images from popular press and social media leaks to exist within alternate scenarios.
This program is in conjunction with the exhibition Yesterday’s Tomorrow. While our physical galleries are currently only open to the campus community, the exhibition can be explored virtually through online materials and installation images.