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The Third Space: Cultural Identity Today

February 28 - June 8, 2008

This exhibition considers cultural identity in a global society. It explores the effects of displacement, alienation, exile, diaspora, transnationalism, hybridity, and cosmopolitanism. The title The Third Space is taken from the work of the influential cultural and post-colonial theorist Homi Bhabha; it refers to the interstices between colliding cultures, a liminal space “which gives rise to something different, something new and unrecognizable, a new area of negotiation of meaning and representation.” In this “in-between” space, new cultural identities are formed, reformed, and constantly in a state of becoming. Artists at work in “the third space” speak of a creative edge that derives from the condition of being in a place that simultaneously is and is not one’s home. Organized by Carol Solomon Kiefer, Curator of European Art at the Mead, the exhibition consists of fifteen works by nine artists. Included are pieces from the permanent collection and loans in a range of artistic media – video, photography, painting, and installation.

The Third Space: Cultural Identity Today is part of a year-long interdisciplinary initiative at Amherst College on the theme of “Art and Identity in the Global Community.” Two of the artists in the show, Indonesian Entang Wiharso and Ghanaian-German Daniel Kojo, are resident Amherst College Copeland Fellows for the 2007-2008 academic year. French-Algerian Zoulikha Bouabdellah is resident Amherst College visiting artist for the spring semester. The other artists in the exhibition are Moroccan Lalla Essaydi, Palestinian Mona Hatoum, Vietnamese-American Dinh Q. Lê, Iranian-American Shirin Neshat, Nigerian-Cuban-American Maria Magdalena Campos-Pons, and Native American Jaune Quick-To-See Smith.The exhibition is generously supported by the Hall and Kate Peterson Fund, the Templeton Photography Fund, and the Amherst Arts Series Fund.

Events:

Thursday, March 27, 4:30 p.m.
Gallery Talk - Exhibition Curator Carol Solomon Kiefer, Amherst College Department of Art and Art History Resident Artist Zoulikha Bouabdellah, and Amherst College Copeland Fellows Daniel Kojo, and Entang Wiharso
Reception to follow
Free and open to the public

Thursday, April 3, 4:30 p.m.
Artist Lecture - Zoulikha Bouabdellah, Artist in Residence, Department of Art and Art History, Amherst College
Pruyne Lecture Hall, Fayerweather Hall
Reception to follow
Free and open to the publicMonday, April 7, 7:30 p.m.

Monday, April 7, 7:30 p.m.
Artist Conversation - Copeland Fellow (Amherst College resident artist) Daniel Kojo, Mead Art Museum
Reception to follow
Free and open to the public

Amherst College has five resident Copeland Fellows for 2007-2008. The Copeland program is intended “to bring together people of diverse backgrounds and different perspectives to engage with faculty and students at Amherst College in a way designed to promote the cross-fertilization of ideas.” Fellows are nominated by members of the faculty and selected from many different disciplines, vocations, and professions. For the first time in 2007-2008, the Copeland Colloquium has a thematic focus: “Art and Identity in the Global Community.”

Related Events:

Film - Persepolis, 2007
Amherst Cinema Arts Center
info@amherstcinema.org
Animated film by Marjane Satrapi and Vincent Paronnaud based on the award winning graphic novel Persepolis by Iranian author Marjane Satrapi.

April 1-April 25, 2008
Exhibition - Zoulikha Bouabdella, Artist in Residence, Department of Art and Art History, Amherst College
Eli Marsh Gallery, Fayerweather Hall, Amherst College

Thursday, April 3, 7:00 p.m.
Reading and Reflection - Marjane Satrapi
John M. Greene Hall, Smith CollegeThis event is sponsored by the Smith College Office of the Dean of the College, Smith College Office of Student Affairs, Smith College Office of the Dean of the First Year Class, Smith College Lecture Fund, Hampshire College Center for Academic Support and Advising, Mount Holyoke College Office of the Dean of the College, Five Colleges, Inc., and the Mead Art Museum, Amherst College.

Friday, April 4, 5:30 p.m.
Lecture - Maria Magdalena Campos-Pons, Fifth Annual Dulcy B. Miller Lecture in Art and Art History
Weinstein Auditorium, Smith College
Campos-Pons is featured in The Third Space: Art and Cultural Identity

Friday, Saturday, April 4-5
Symposium - GLOBAL EYES: New Ways of Seeing Art
Smith College Museum of Art
413-585-2760, www.smith.edu/artmuseum
A Smith College symposium to explore how global influences are reshaping our understanding of the meaning of art.

Suggested Reading:

     Alcoff, Linda Martin and Eduardo Mendieta, eds. Identities: Race, Class, Gender, and Nationality, Malden , MA and London : Blackwell, 2003.
     Amor, Monica, et al., “Liminalities: Discussions on the Global and the Local,” Art Journal, Vol. 57, No. 4 (Winter 1998) 28-49.
     Appiah, Kwame Anthony. Cosmopolitanism: Ethics in a World of Strangers, New York :W.W. Norton & Co., 2006.
     Bhabha, Homi K. The Location of Culture, London and New York : Routledge, 2006 (1994).
     Bhabha, Homi. “Another Country,” in Fereshteh Daftari, Without Boundary: Seventeen Ways of Looking, exh. cat., New York : Museum of Modern Art, 2006, 30-35.
     Braziel, Jana Evans and Anita Mannur, eds. Theorizing Diaspora: A Reader, Malden , MA and Oxford : Blackwell Publishing, 2003.
     Daftari, Fereshteh. Without Boundary: Seventeen Ways of Looking, exh. cat., New York : Museum of Modern Art, 2006.
     Fisher, Jean and Gerardo Mosquera. “Introduction” in Gerardo Mosquera and Jean Fisher. Over Here: International Perspectives on Art and Culture, Cambridge ,  MA and London : The MIT Press, 2004, 2-9.
     Hall , Stuart . “Cultural Identity and Diaspora,” in Patrick Williams and Laura Chrisman, eds. Colonial Discourse and Post-Colonial Theory: A Reader, New York : Columbia University Press, 1994, 392-403.
     Helly, Denise. “Diaspora: History of an Idea,” in Haideh Moghissi, ed. Muslim Diaspora: Gender, Culture and Identity, London and New York : Routledge, 2006, 3-22.
     Mosquera, Gerardo and Jean Fisher. Over Here: International Perspectives on Art and Culture, Cambridge, MA and London : The MIT Press, 2004.
     Papastergiadis, Nikos. “The Limits of Cultural Translation,” in Gerardo Mosquera and Jean Fisher. Over Here: International Perspectives on Art and Culture, Cambridge, MA and London: The MIT Press, 2004, 330-347.
     Said, Edward. “Reflections on Exile,” in Edward Said, Reflections on Exile and Other Essays, Cambridge , MA: Harvard Univ. Press, 2000, 173-186.
     Rutherford, Jonathan. “The Third Space. Interview with Homi Bhabha,” in Jonathan Rutherford, ed., Identity: Community, Culture, Difference, London: Lawrence & Wishart, 1990, 207-221.
     Satrapi, Marjane. Persepolis , New York : Pantheon Books, 2003.
     Satrapi, Marjane. Persepolis 2, New York : Pantheon Books, 2004.