Emily Jacir

  • March 24, 2015 7:00 AM

March 24—Emily Jacir is an artist living in the Mediterranean and a full-time professor at the International Academy of Art Palestine in Ramallah. As the recipient of several awards, including a Golden Lion at the 52nd Venice Biennale (2007), a Prince Claus Award (2007), the Hugo Boss Prize (2008), and the Herb Alpert Award (2011), Jacir is renowned for works about transformation and questions of translation, resistance, and the logic of the archive. She uncovers silenced historical narratives and explores concerns such as movement and migration through a diverse range of media and strategies including film, photography, social interventions, installation, performance, video, writing, and sound. Her work investigates personal and collective movement through public space and its implications on the physical and social experience of trans-Mediterranean space and time, in particular between Italy and Palestine. The largest survey to date of Jacir’s work, A star is as far as the eye can see, and as near as my eye is to me, is currently at Darat al Funun in Amman, Jordan, through April 23. Future solo exhibitions include the Whitechapel Gallery in London opening in September.

This Tuesday Evenings presentation is a rare and special opportunity as Jacir presents her work and shares the ideas and experiences that have resulted in her ambitious and fascinating career to date.


This popular series of lectures and presentations by artists, architects, historians, and critics is free and open to the public each Tuesday beginning again in September. Lectures begin at 7 pm in the Museum’s auditorium. Seating begins at 6:30 pm and is limited to 250; a live broadcast of the presentations is shown in Café Modern for any additional guests. Free admission tickets (limit two) are available at the Modern’s information desk beginning at 5 pm on the day of the lecture. The Museum galleries remain open until 7 pm on Tuesday evenings during the series.

Café Modern serves cocktails, salads, and appetizers on Tuesday nights during the lecture series.

Image: Emily Jacir Photo © Sarah Shatz and Untitled (SOLIDARIDAD), 2013, Performance (10m x 2m hand-painted mural), 5 sound pieces, wall text. Courtesy of the artist. Photo: Renato Ghiazza © Emily Jacir 2013