Publication Highlight: “Islam & Surrealism: Abdel Hadi el-Gazzar’s Postwar Painting in Egypt” with Alex Dika Seggerman
The McMullen Museum welcomes Rutgers University Professor Alex Dika Seggerman for a virtual presentation sponsored by the Norma Jean Calderwood University Professorship in Islamic and Asian Art. In the years after World War II, the Egyptian artist Abdel Hadi el-Gazzar (1925–66) developed a style of oil painting that incorporated Islamic mysticism with surrealist principles. With this practice, Gazzar aimed to make art more accessible to the Egyptian people while also participating in transnational post-surrealist art movements. Drawing from her recent publication, Modernism on the Nile: Art in Egypt between the Islamic and the Contemporary (2019), Seggerman argues that Gazzar’s local and transnational connections are evidence of “constellational modernism,” a framework for understanding modern art in Egypt that challenges Euro-centric narratives of modernism and expands Islamic art history into the modern era.
Alex Dika Seggerman is Assistant Professor of Art History at Rutgers University-Newark. She is author of Modernism on the Nile: Art in Egypt between the Islamic and the Contemporary (University of North Carolina Press, 2019) and co-editor of the forthcoming Making Modernity in the Islamic Mediterranean (Indiana University Press, 2021).
Wednesday, March 10 at 5:00pmVirtual Event