Wednesday, November 14, 2018, 5:30-6:45 pm
“Curating [in] the Arab World Between Global Biennials and Local Institutions”
Adjunct Professor, Visual Studies Program and Writing and Literature Program, CCA
Kathy Zarur is a curator, educator and culture worker in San Francisco. Her exhibitions include Betweenscapes (with Roula Seikaly, SOMArts, 2018), Mashrabiya: The Art of Looking Back (with Santhi Kavuri Bauer, Mark Johnson and Sharon Bliss, San Francisco State University Fine Arts Gallery, 2017), Where is Here (with Jacqueline Francis, Museum of the African Diaspora, 2016-2017) and Bookish Intimacies (with Lori Shantzis, a.Muse Gallery, 2014). She was assistant curator of Sharjah Biennial, where she also co-produced Wael Shawky’s Biennial prize winning Dictums 10:120. Zarur was Artistic Director of “Teaching Art of the Middle East and Islamic World,” a two-day conference and workshop hosted by the de Young Museum and SFSU. She co-organized “Zones of Representation,” a conference and exhibition at SF Camerawork in 2016. Zarur has published articles for Broadsheet and Art in America on Hassan Sharif, dubbed the first conceptual artist of the UAE, Wael Shawky, and a review of the exhibition Made In Palestine. She has been invited to speak at the de Young Museum, San Francisco Arts Commission and Living Room Light Exchange, among others. Zarur serves on the Arab American National Museum’s Exhibition Committee and Kearny Street Workshop’s Program Advisory Council. Zarur earned her PhD in art history from the University of Michigan, where she obtained a certificate in Museum Studies. In her thesis, she considers the production and reception of art and exhibitions by and about Middle Eastern artists. She teaches at the California College of the Arts and San Francisco State University.