Title of Exhibition in English, Arabic and Spanish with dates of exhibition. Colorful image of plant-like form on blue background. CVAD Galleries logo and the Barjeel Art Foundation logo at bottom, right corner

CVAD Gallery Fall 2022 exhibition

"A Banquet for Seaweed: Snapshots from the Arab 1980s"

Oct. 4, 2022, through Jan. 28, 2023

Guest curated by Nada Shabout, 2020-2021 UNT Regents Professor of Art History and Art Education and recipient of the 2020 Kuwait Prize for Arts and Literature.

Featuring works from the Barjeel Art Foundation and other private collections, the exhibition engages with poignant issues that permeated the Arab World during the 1980s and tells a story of creativity in the face of turbulent shifts and changes. It highlights artists’ engagement with and negotiation of despair, new realities, and the diaspora. The work in the exhibition challenges preconceived notions about this region and its productivity. It speaks of connectivities in response to its rejection as equal by the international contemporary art scene.

This art exhibition is a complementary event to the symposium titled "The 1980s: Representational Pressures, Departures and Beginnings," Nov. 3–5, in the UNT Art Building.

CVAD Gallery
UNT Art Building, Room 160
1201 W. Mulberry St., Denton, TX 76203
Free | Open to the Public

Tuesday through Saturday, Noon–5 p.m., open late Thursday until 8 p.m.
Closed Sunday and Monday
By appointment only during Winter Break: Dec. 26-30, 2022 | Email: cvad.galleries@unt.edu

Image by Joe Rameh Saad, courtesy of Barjeel Art Foundation, Sharjah, United Arab Emirates, depicting a seaweed shape filled with slivers of paintings by the exhibiting artists against a dark blue background.

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