The AUB Art Galleries invites you to the opening of the exhibition 'Art in Office: Artworks from around AUB Campus,' on April 28, 2014, from 6:00 to 8:00pm, at AUB Art Gallery.
Welcoming speech at 6:45 pm.
Tuesday – Saturday 12:00 noon – 6:00 pm
Closed on public holidays
Mayfair Dorms, Sidani Street
Exhibition running until September 30, 2014
Art in Office sets on display works of art selected from various academic and administrative buildings and offices at the American University of Beirut (AUB). During its long history AUB has accumulated many works of art that one encounters daily. Some are part of the AUB art collection (having been donated by artists or other benefactors over the years) while others are the property of those who come to occupy a particular space. The artworks encountered in the rooms and corners of campus belong to many different epochs, artistic styles, genres and traditions. Some are strictly commemorative, capturing in various media (sculpture, painting, photography) former distinguished members of the administration and faculty; others disclose the particular concerns of a department or office. We have also decided to step beyond the borders of the traditional category of “fine art” and include in our exhibition other media (posters, typography, books) that we regard as unavoidable indices of our age of mechanically and digitally reproduced culture.
This project is also a survey, or even a sociologically-inspired case study. Within a wider perspective we launch an investigation into the various relations that tie the AUB community to art. Most importantly, we intend to observe how these relations change across departments, professions and occupations.
In order to emphasize the results of our findings, and to engage specifically with this feature of the institution of art, we have opted for a mode of display that presents the selected artworks in their immediate surroundings. In addition, short interviews and conversations with the owners or makers of art will throw additional light on the relation between the occupants of the offices and buildings and the works of art presented in this exhibition.
Curator, AUB Art Galleries
For more information, check website: http://www.aub.edu.lb/art_galleries/Pages/index.aspx