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10AM Friday, February 24 – 5PM Sunday, July 16, 2017

Exhibition, Modern Art from the Middle East

With Modern Art from the Middle East, the Yale University Art Gallery joins the campus-wide celebration of the 175th anniversary of Arabic studies at Yale and honors Edward Elbridge Salisbury, B.A. 1832, the first professor of Arabic and Sanskrit in the Americas. The installation presents a selection of paintings and sculptures by artists rarely exhibited in the United States. The objects are drawn from the Barjeel Art Foundation in the United Arab Emirates, founded by Sultan Sooud Al Qassemi to promote art from the Arab world through both local and international exhibitions. The works on view highlight the art movements that blossomed in Egypt, Iraq, Lebanon, and Syria in the second half of the 20th century and testify to the emergence of a unique aesthetic in these countries. Hovering between abstraction and figuration, the objects fuse modern elements with ancient sources and sociopolitical references. On view through July 16, 2017.


Tuesday–Friday 10:00 am–5:00 pm; Thursday (Sept.–June) 10:00 am–8:00 pm; Saturday–Sunday 11:00 am–5:00 pm.

Open to: General public
Admission: Free
Contact Information: Yale University Art Gallery,, 203-432-0600

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