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David Rokeby


Over the last three days we have had the pleasure of listening to and engaging with, The Commons’ Artist-In-Residence, David Rokeby. If you are not aware of David’s dynamic practice I suggest you visit his website via the link below that has great documentation of many of his works. As SMA Director Saralyn Reece Hardy says “David has a nimbleness” in thinking and speaking that is fascinating and infectious. David’s work employs a number of different strategies, often using technology, to encourage the participants awareness of their relationship to their bodies and, in turn, the world. He has represented Canada in the Venice and São Paolo Biennales as well as other impressive venues. ARC can’t recommend him enough.


Ahmed Matter: An Artist’s Perspective of Arabia


On Sunday, March 9, Saudi Arabian artist and physician, Ahmed Matter, will share his insights on the interdisciplinary resonances of his creative practice, which blends calligraphy, traditional styles of manuscript illumination, photography, video, and installation, to an audience gathered at the Spencer Museum of Art. His talk will follow a Saturday presentation at Kansas City’s Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art given as part of the Echoes Symposium, in which artists and art historians will explore the relationships of contemporary artists to the legacies of Islamic Art.

Mater co-founded the groundbreaking Edge of Arabia in 2008, and since then his work has drawn international attention. Works by Mater are included in the collections of the British Museum and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. His interdisciplinary art—encompassing photography, calligraphy, painting, installation, performance and video—explores the narratives and aesthetics of Islamic culture in an era of globalization and consumerism. Recently, he has been concerned with the representation of traumatic events of collective historical dimensions, and the ways in which video and photography can document physical and psychological violence. Mater’s artistic practice is informed by his work as a medical doctor as well as by his traditional upbringing in Saudi Arabia.

Spencer Museum of Art Events Page


Echoes Symposium: Translations


Pictured above: Ahmed Matter, Illumination Makkiah (diptych), from the Illumination series, 2012, gold leaf, tea, pomegranate, Dupont Chinese ink and X-ray film print on paper painting. Currently on view at the Nelson-Atkins Museum