Monday, May 30, 2011

Graphic Design Capstone Exhibition opening reception TONIGHT!

Graphic Design Capstone Exhibition opening reception on Monday,  30 May 2011 from 5:00 - 8:00 p.m. in the AUK University Auditorium. 

The Capstone Exhibition is the outcome of a semester-long project that focuses on the research, process and production of a topic of interest to students implemented through diverse applications.

The exhibit is open to the public from 31 May  through 2 June from 10:00 - 5:00 p.m.

We look forward seeing you!

"If there is one person who is still not free, then I am not; if there is one person who still suffers from insult and humiliation, then I do. Do you understand yet?" ~ Ai Weiwei

One of the best articles on Ai Weiwei's detention that I have read yet:

Ai Weiwei: the dissident artist | Art and design | The Guardian
He filled Tate Modern's Turbine Hall with sunflower seeds and campaigned against corruption. Then last month China's most provocative artist disappeared. Hari Kunzru on Ai Weiwei.

Please also see my call for a counter exhibition or lecture series to Milwaukee's 'Summer of China":

Thursday, May 26, 2011

...up to 108°F today!

It has been over 100°F for about the last two weeks and it is up to 108°F today!

The real problem was that my office got up to about 85°F today and I still have a lot of office work to do... we still have another week of classes and then a week of final exams/final critiques! ...yikes!!!

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

On China, Ai Weiwei And The Milwaukee Art Museum

Good article below from the ARTSJOURNAL on the Milwaukee Art Museum's "Summer of China," Ai Weiwei's disappearance, and the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel's art critic Mary Louise Schumacher's piece Should the Milwaukee Art Museum Protest Ai Weiwei's Detention?
On China, Ai Weiwei And The Milwaukee Art Museum - Real Clear Arts
Next month, the Milwaukee Art Museum opens its "Summer of China," featuring The Emperor's Private Paradise: Treasures from the Forbidden City and four smaller exhibitions.

Saturday, May 21, 2011

Venice Biennale 2011: PAN ARAB EXHIBITION

The below info is from:  Art Kuwait
(a great new source of art info in Kuwait) link to their post: 
PAN ARAB EXHIBITION at the Venice Biennale 2011

PAN ARAB EXHIBITION: The future of promise

Ahmed Alsoudani, Untitled. 2010, Acrylic on canvas, 305 × 400 cm
Courtesy of the artist and Robert Goff Gallery, New York
Artists: Ziad Abillama (Lebanon), Jananne Al-Ani (Iraq. Lives in London), Manal Al-Dowayan (Saudi Arabia), Ahmed Alsoudani( Iraq. Lives in Berlin), Ziad Antar (Lebanon. Lives between Beirut and Paris), Kader Attia (France (Algerian origin). Lives in Berlin), Ayman Baalbaki (Lebanon), Lara Baladi (Beirut Lives in Cairo), Fayçal Baghriche (Algeria. Lives in Paris), Yto Barrada (Paris. Lives there and in Tangier), Taysir Batniji (Gaza. Lives in Paris), Abdelkader Benchamma (France (Algerian origin). Lives in Paris), Mounir Fatmi (Tangier. Lives in Paris), Abdulnasser Gharem (Saudi Arabia), Mona Hatoum (Lebanon (Palestinian origin). Lives in London), Raafat Ishak (Cairo, Egypt. Lives in Melbourne), Emily Jacir (Palestine. Lives in Ramallah and New York), Nadia Kaabi-Linke (Tunis. Lives in Berlin), Yazan Khalili (Syria (Palestinian origin). Lives in London), Ahmed Mater (Saudi Arabia), Driss Ouadahi (Casablanca. Lives in Düsseldorf)
Ayman Yossri Daydban (Palestinian with Jordanian nationality. Lives in Jeddah)

Curator: Lina Lazaar
Production partner: Edge Of Arabia
Catalogue partner: Ibraaz
Location: Magazzini del Sale, No. 262, Fondamenta delle Zattere, Dorsoduro, Vaporetto line 1, station Salute
Time: 2 June - 20 November 2011, Tu-Su 11am - 6pm
Closed on Mondays. Admission free.

Press preview: 1 June 2011, 5pm - 6pm
Private view: 1 June 2011, from 6pm

Iranian artist's exhibit opens May 24, 7pm

Sultan Gallery presents anexhibition of Iranian artist ( lives in Canada) Reza Doust  "Get Tested"
The Opening is Tuesday 24th of May, 7-9 PM

Exhibition hours: 25th of May 10am - 2pm 7pm - 9pm and  26th of May 10 am - 2pm

Address: South Subhan, block 8, street 105, building 168

TEL: +965 60970001

Kuwaiti art exhibit opens May 23, 7pm

Dar Al Funoon Gallery cordially invites to the exhibition of Kuwaiti artist Bader Qabazard "Trippin....Inside a World within a world"

The Opening is 23rd of May at 7 PM 
Exhibition on display till 9th of June, 2011

Exhibition Hours: Sunday to Thursday 10 am-1 pm & 4 pm-9pm 
Friday and Saturday by appointment
Address: Al Watiah Behebehani Compound, House N 28

Kuwaiti art exhibit opens May 22, 7pm

Aya Khair with the exhibition Omniya at Tilal Gallery.

The Opening is  22nd of May at 7 PM 

Exhibition Hours: 23-31 of May, 2011

10 am - 2 pm  and  5.30 pm - 9.30 pm

Address: Shuwaikh, Jahra Road 80, Tilal Complex

Tel:  +965 22256101

Any interest in a counter exhibit/lecture series to Milwaukee's 'Summer of China'?

Ai Weiwei in Tiananmen Square in 2009 on the 20th anniversary of the massacre.

Dear friends,

Have you seen Mary Louise Schumacher's article:
The Milwaukee Art Museum is about to open a major exhibit organized in cooperation with China. Meanwhile, that country is jailing its contemporary artists, including its most famous living artist, Ai Weiwei.

I am wondering if you know anyone interested in setting up an exhibit and/or lecture series to counter or dialog with the official 'Summer of China' taking place in Milwaukee this summer? I will be in Milwaukee the first few weeks of August and as you already know, I have artwork that talks about issues in contemporary China as well as the outsourcing of US jobs to China and sale of formally Wisconsin owned companies (such as Milwaukee Electric Tool) to China. I've also given lectures on contemporary Chinese art at the Art Institute of Chicago, the College Art Association's annual conference, a number of universities, etc., and helped put together a traveling exhibit of contemporary art from China that went from INOVA to Beloit College to UW-Green Bay to UW-Whitewater.

Since I am out of the country and there is now not much time, I hope that I can reach out to you for help.  Do you know of a venue where we could hold such an exhibition?  other artists that might be interested?

Hope to hear from you soon,


finally some interesting discussions on Ai Weiwei's detention...
The Milwaukee Art Museum is about to open a major exhibit organized in cooperation with China. Meanwhile, that country is jailing its contemporary artists, including its most famous living artist, Ai Weiwei.
Tyler Green's Modern Art Notes features news, journalism and criticism about art, art museums and art exhibitions around the United States. Find breaking art news, visual art analysis, and modern art criticism.
Tyler Green's Modern Art Notes features news, journalism and criticism about art, art museums and art exhibitions around the United States. Find breaking art news, visual art analysis, and modern art criticism.
Tyler Green's Modern Art Notes features news, journalism and criticism about art, art museums and art exhibitions around the United States. Find breaking art news, visual art analysis, and modern art criticism.

New York Time's updates:
A company controlled by the dissident artist Ai Weiwei evaded a “huge amount” of taxes and intentionally destroyed financial documents, the government’s official news agency, reported Friday. 

The Beijing police allowed the wife of Ai Weiwei to see him at an undisclosed location, 43 days after his detention.

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Art Opening for artists from Kuwait, Iraq, Lebanon, Egypt, Sudan and the USA

FA Gallery is Honored to invite you to attend their Last Exhibition of the Season “Shadows of Memory”, Sunday 22nd  of May 2011.

The exhibition is showcasing  7 established artists from Kuwait, Iraq, Lebanon, Egypt, Sudan and the United States.  4 of them will be here for the Opening.

Opening reception from 7:00 pm till 10:00 pm
The Show continues till 22nd of June 2011

If you have questions please contact:

Abed Al Kadiri
Gallerist & Consultant.
FA Gallery- Modern and Contemporary Art
Owned by OTB Creative Concepts

Tel:      00965 22 49 8999
Fax:     00965 22 47 0055
Mobile: 00965 97 68 9913
P.O.Box 27869 Safat 13139 Kuwait
Souq Al Watanyiah , Fourth Floor, Office 405-406
Tel/Fax: 00961 545 6764
P.O.Box : 45-239 Hazmieh


Monday, May 9, 2011

Young Kuwaiti artists' exhibition opens 7pm, May 15th, 2011

Muneera Al Romaihi, Mohammed Sharaf, Ali Al Sarraf, Deena Qabazard, Mohammed Ramadan, Mai Al Farhan, Khalid Al Sahaly are 7 young emerging Kuwaiti artists in the Art Exhibition "Without Boundaries" at FA Gallery.

The Opening is Sunday 15th of May at 7 PM.

Exhibition is only 5 days and will continue till Friday 20th of May, 2011

Address: Gulf Road, Sharq,Block 2, Villa 76, next to Amiri Hospital

Working Hours: Sunday - Thursday 10 AM - 10 PM, Friday 5 PM - 10 PM

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Ai Weiwei still missing after being detained by Chinese police on April 3, 2011

Chinese Army Unhappy Over Ai Weiwei ‘Flash Graffiti’ — ANIMAL

As if Chinese authorities weren’t angered enough by the rash of pro-Ai Weiwei stencils popping up all over Hong Kong, someone is now projecting the same message on unauthorized locations around the city, including the barracks of the People’s Liberation Army.

Who's Afraid of Ai Weiwei? - Video | FRONTLINE | PBS

He's China's first global art star who is using his fame to push the boundaries of freedom in that country. Can an artist change China? 

Monday, May 2, 2011

"I am the Other," May 3, 2pm

Egyptian Artist's Exhibit Opens May 3, 7-9pm

Anti-American Violence Travel Alert

Kuwait City, Kuwait
May 2, 2011

To:             All American Wardens
From:           Consular Section
Subject:        Warden Notice 2011 – 10

Please circulate the following message without additions or omissions immediately to all American citizens within your area of responsibility.
The U.S. Department of State alerts U.S. citizens traveling and residing abroad to the enhanced potential for anti-American violence following recent counter-terrorism activity in Pakistan.  Given the uncertainty and volatility of the current situation, U.S. citizens in areas where recent events could cause anti-American violence are strongly urged to limit their travel outside of their homes and hotels and avoid mass gatherings and demonstrations.  U.S.
citizens should stay current with media coverage of local events and be aware of their surroundings at all times.  This Travel Alert expires August 1, 2011.

U.S. Embassy operations in affected areas will continue to the extent possible under the constraints of any evolving security situation.  U.S. government facilities worldwide remain at a heightened state of alert.  These facilities may temporarily close or periodically suspend public services to assess their security posture.  In those instances, U.S. Embassies and Consulates will make every effort to provide emergency services to U.S. citizens.  U.S. citizens abroad are urged to monitor the local news and maintain contact with the nearest U.S. Embassy or Consulate.

Media coverage of local events may cause family and friends to become concerned for their loved ones traveling and residing abroad.  We urge U.S. citizens to keep in regular contact with family and friends.  U.S. citizens living or traveling abroad are encouraged to enroll in the Department of State's Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP), to receive the latest travel updates and information and to obtain updated information on travel and security issues.  U.S. citizens without Internet access may register directly with the appropriate U.S. Embassy or Consulate.  By enrolling, U.S. citizens make it easier for the U.S. Embassy or Consulate to
contact them in case of emergency.

Travel information is also available at   Up-to-date information on security can also be obtained by calling 1-888-407-4747 toll-free in the United States and Canada or, for callers outside the United States and Canada, a regular toll line at 1-202-501-4444.

For information on "What the Department of State Can and Can't Do in a Crisis," please visit the Bureau of Consular Affairs' website at  For further information on specific countries, U.S. citizens should consult the Country Specific Information pages, Travel Alerts, and Travel Warnings at as well as the Worldwide Caution.  Follow us on Twitter and the Bureau of Consular Affairs' page on Facebook as well.

This message may be accessed on the Embassy website, American citizens in Kuwait who would like to receive future Warden Messages from the Embassy directly by e-mail may sign up for this service by sending an e-mail to the following address: American citizens resident and visiting in Kuwait who are not registered with the Embassy, or whose registration information has changed, are urged to register as soon as possible.  They may now do so on-line at the Department of State, Bureau of Consular Affairs’ website at
Please note that the Consular Section is closed for American and most local holidays.  The current holiday schedule for year 2011 will be posted on

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