The Fertile Crescent Project is a showcase of exhibitions, lectures, performances, film screenings and special events focused on women from the Middle East and its Diaspora. These programs explore matters of gender, homeland, geopolitics, theology, the environment, and transnationalism.
All events are free, unless otherwise noted, and will take place in and around New Brunswick and Princeton, New Jersey.

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CALENDAR OF EVENTS

EXHIBITIONS

SYMPOSIA, PANELS & LECTURES

PERFORMANCES

FILM-SCREENINGS

SPECIAL EVENTS

Event Listings and Participants by Month

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August 2012
September 2012
October 2012
November 2012
December 2012
January 2013



AUGUST 2012

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•  Core Exhibitions:

The Fertile Crescent: Gender, Art, and Society (August 13 - September 9)
Mason Gross Galleries, Rutgers University
Artists: Jananne Al-Ani, Fatima Al Qadari, Monira Al Qadari, Ofri Cnaani, Diana El Jeiroudi, Ayana Friedman, Ariane Littman, Ebru Özseçen, Laila Shawa, Nil Yalter

The Fertile Crescent: Gender, Art, and Society (August 18 – January 13, 2013)
Princeton University Art Museum
Artists: Parastou Forouhar, Mona Hatoum, Sigalit Landau, Shirin Neshat, Laila Shawa

The Fertile Crescent: Gender, Art, and Society (August 27 – October 19)
Bernstein Gallery, Woodrow Wilson School, Princeton University
Artists: Negar Ahkami, Reza Farkhondeh and Ghada Amer, Zeina Barakeh, Ofri Cnaani, Parastou Forouhar, Shadi Ghadirian

The Fertile Crescent: Gender, Art, and Society (August 29 – September 28)
Mary H. Dana Women Artists Series Galleries, Rutgers University
Artist: Fatimah Tuggar

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SEPTEMBER 2012

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•  Core Exhibitions:

The Fertile Crescent: Gender, Art, and Society (August 13 - September 9)
Mason Gross Galleries, Rutgers University
Artists: Jananne Al-Ani, Fatima Al Qadari, Monira Al Qadari, Ofri Cnaani, Diana El Jeiroudi, Ayana Friedman, Ariane Littman, Ebru Özseçen, Laila Shawa, Nil Yalter

The Fertile Crescent: Gender, Art, and Society (August 18 – January 13, 2013)
Princeton University Art Museum
Artists: Parastou Forouhar, Mona Hatoum, Sigalit Landau, Shirin Neshat, Laila Shawa

The Fertile Crescent: Gender, Art, and Society (August 27 – October 19)
Bernstein Gallery, Woodrow Wilson School, Princeton University
Artists: Negar Ahkami, Reza Farkhondeh and Ghada Amer, Zeina Barakeh, Ofri Cnaani, Parastou Forouhar, Shadi Ghadirian

The Fertile Crescent: Gender, Art, and Society (August 29 – September 28)
Mary H. Dana Women Artists Series Galleries, Rutgers University
Artist: Fatimah Tuggar

•  Complementary Exhibitions:

Memory of Here, Memory of There: Fertile Crescent Dialogues at the West Windsor Arts Center (September 2- October 12)
West Windsor Arts Council
Artists: Samira Abbassy, Nadia Ayari, Milcah Bassel, Dahlia Elsayed, Armita Raafat, Emna Zghal

The El Nafeza Papermaking Project: A Collaboration between Art and the Environment (September 4 - September 29)
East Brunswick Public Library
Artists: The El Nafeza Papermaking Project

Farah Ossouli: Ars Poetica (September 4 - January 9, 2013)
Paul Robeson Galleries, Rutgers Newark
Artist: Farah Ossouli

Two Solo Shows: Mary Cross: Photos of Egypt and Ifat Shatzky: Soil-Adama (September 15 - December 31)
Princeton Public Library
Artists: Mary Cross and Ifat Shatzky

•  Symposia:

The Fertile Crescent: Gender, Art and Society in the Middle East Diaspora (September 9)
Scott Lecture Hall, Rutgers University ** LOCATION CHANGE
Moderator: Alison Bernstein
Speakers: Negar Ahkami, Margot Badran, Zeina Barakeh, Kelly Baum, Ayana Friedman, Fakhri Haghani, Fatimah Tuggar

•  Lectures

Sigalit Landau:The East Bound Salt Route and the Crystal Islands(Spetember 10)
The Ruthellen Stein Bloustein and Edward J. Bloustein Memorial Lecture
Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy, Rutgers University
33 Livingston Avenue New Brunswick, NJ

Female Suicide Bombers: A Discussion With author V.G. Julie Rajan and Laila Shawa (September 12)
Moderated by Radhika Balakrishnan, Director, Center for Women’s Global Leadership, Rutgers University
Ruth Dill Johnson Crockett Building, Douglass Residential College Campus, Rutgers University
162 Ryders Lane, New Brunswick, New Jersey

A Conversation on Women and the Revolution in Egypt With Margot Badran and Yasmine El Rashidi (September 14)
Lewis Center for the Arts, Princeton University

The Ruth and Alvin Rockoff Annual Program: Lecture by Paula Birnbaum (September 23)
Body, Ritual, Text: Reconcilling Judaism and Feminism in Contemporary Israeli Art
Rutgers Student Center, College Avenue, Rutgers University

Samar Yazbek, novelist, journalist, and political exile:
A Woman in the Crossfire: Diaries of the Syrian Revolution
(September 27)
Douglass Campus Center Lounge, Rutgers University

•  Special Events:

Reception for Memory of Here, Memory of There: Fertile Crescent Dialogues at the West Windsor Arts Center (September 8)
West Windsor Arts Council

Reception following Symposium: The Fertile Crescent: Gender, Art and Society in the Middle East Diaspora (September 9)
Zimmerli Art Museum

Lecture by Israeli Artist, Sigalit Landau(September 10)
Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy, Rutgers University

•  Communtiy Educational Opportunities:

Once In a Promised Landby Laila Halaby
Community Read Discussion (September 11)

Princeton Public Library

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OCTOBER 2012

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•  Core Exhibitions:

The Fertile Crescent: Gender, Art, and Society (August 27 – October 19)
Bernstein Gallery, Woodrow Wilson School, Princeton University
Artists: Negar Ahkami, Reza Farkhondeh and Ghada Amer, Zeina Barakeh, Ofri Cnaani, Parastou Forouhar, Shadi Ghadirian

The Fertile Crescent: Gender, Art, and Society (October 4 – November 1)
Mary H. Dana Women Artists Series Galleries, Rutgers University
Artist: Ariane Littman, Lebowitz Visiting Artist in Residence

The Fertile Crescent: Gender, Art, and Society (October 4 – November 21)
Arts Council of Princeton/Paul Robeson Center for the Arts, Princeton, NJ
Artists: Shiva Ahmadi, Monira Al Qadari, Nezaket Ekici, Hayv Kahraman, Efrat Kedem

The Fertile Crescent: Gender, Art, and Society (August 18 – January 13, 2013)
Princeton University Art Museum
Artists: Parastou Forouhar, Mona Hatoum, Sigalit Landau, Shirin Neshat, Laila Shawa

•  Complementary Exhibitions:

Memory of Here, Memory of There: Fertile Crescent Dialogues at the West Windsor Arts Center (September 2- October 12)
West Windsor Arts Council
Artists: Samira Abbassy, Nadia Ayari, Milcah Bassel, Dahlia Elsayed, Armita Raafat, Emna Zghal

Farah Ossouli: Ars Poetica (September 4 - January 9, 2013)
Paul Robeson Galleries, Rutgers Newark
Artist: Farah Ossouli

Two Solo Shows: Soil-Adama: Ifat Shatzky and Mary Cross(September 15- December 31)
Princeton Public Library
Artists: Mary Cross and Ifat Shatzky

Borderlands (Tuesday, October 9 – December 3)
New Brunswick Public Library
Artists: Linda Bock-Hinger, Sheetal Bagewadi, Natalia Kadish, Mediha Sandhu, Ela Shah, Tamara Woronczuk

Ornament and Narrative: Women Artists of Eastern Diasporas (October 15 – December 15)
Rutgers Center for the Arts, Camden
Artists: Roya Akhavan, Siona Benjamin, Lalla Essaydi, Sissi Farassat, Naomi Safran-Hon, Soody Sharifi, Mitra Tabrizian

Goddess, Lion, Peasant, Priest: Modern and Contemporary Indian Art
from the Shelley and Donald Rubin Private Collection (October 24 –December 16)

The College of New Jersey Galleries
Artists: Chandrima Bhattacharyya, Sakti Burman, Arpana Caur, Shanti Dave, M.F. Husain, Krishen Khanna, Seema Kohli, K.S. Kulkarni, Bari Kumar, Nalini Malani, Mahjabin Majumdar, Kamal Mitra, Gogi Saroj Pal, Shyamal Dutta Ray, Sadequain, G.R.Santosh, Arpita Singh, F.N. Souza, K.G. Subramanyan

•  Panels:

Panel: The Middle East Gender and Politics (October 2)
Robertson Hall, Woodrow Wilson School, Princeton University

Panel: Themes in the Works of Middle East Women Writers (October 3)
With Live Readings by Middle East Women Writers
James Stewart Theater, Lewis Center For the Arts, Princeton University

•  Lectures:

Lebowitz Visiting Artist in Residence Public Lecture by Arianne Littman (October 10)
Mabel Smith Douglass Library, Rutgers University

Should Israel Exist? (October 11)
Lecture by Dr. Michael Curtis
East Brunswick Public Library

Israel in Fiction: Author Talk by Leora Skolkin Smith (October 15)
Community Room, Princeton Public Library

Artist Talk: Efrat Kedem (October 23)
Arts Council of Princeton, Paul Robeson Center for the Arts

•  Performances:

Lifting a Secret, performance by artist Nezaket Ekici (October 4)
Matthews Acting Studio, Lewis Center for the Arts, Princeton University

Performance by Nadia Sajid (October 6)**EVENT CANCELLED
Matthews Acting Studio, Lewis Center for the Arts, Princeton, University

"Box Solo" from Inbal Pinto and Avshalom Pollak's work "Rushes Plus"
Dance Performance by Mason Gross School of the Arts dance B.F.A. junior Jessica Coldberg (October 14)
Loree Studio Theater, Douglass Campus, Rutgers University

Performance of Scheherazade Goes West by Fawzia Afzul Khan; Followed by discussion with Jill Dolan (October 17)
The Lewis Center for the Arts, Princeton University

Tabla performance by Abhijit Banerjee and The TARANG (October 19)**DATE CHANGE
Mayo Hall, Music Building, The College of New Jersey

•  FIlm-Screenings:

Screening of Caramel by Nadine Labiki (October 26)
Voorhees Hall, Rutgers University
Introduction by Jane Sloan, discussion led by Deepa Kumar

Screening of Women without Men by Shirin Neshat and Faridoun Farrokh (October 27)
Voorhees Hall, Rutgers University
Introduction by Jane Sloan, discussion led by Golbar Bashi

Screening of Amreeka by Palestinian American filmmaker Cherien Dabis (October 28) ** EVENT CANCELLED DUE TO WEATHER
Voorhees Hall, Rutgers University
Introduction by Jane Sloan, discussion led by Meredeth Turshen

Film titles TBA, hosted by the Rutgers Jewish Film Festival (October 30 – November 10)
Regal Cinemas, North Brunswick, NJ

•  Special Events:

Reception for Fertile Crescent Exhibit (October 2)
Bernstein Gallery, Robertson Hall, Woodrow Wilson School Princeton University

ArtWalk in Princeton: The Fertile Crescent: Gender, Art, and Society (October 4)
Meet at Arts Council of Princeton/Paul Robeson Center for the Arts

Arianne Litmann Lebowitz Visiting Artist in Residence: Public Lecture and Reception (October 10)
Mabel Smith Douglass Library

Women and Documentary Film: Celebrating the 40th Anniversary of Women Make Movies (October 31) ** EVENT CANCELLED
(Areas of focus will include women in the Middle East and Muslim women artists)

•  Community Educational Opportunities:

Women Without Menby Shahrnush Parsipur
Community Read Discussion (October 9)

Princeton Public Library

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NOVEMBER 2012

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•  Core Exhibitions:

The Fertile Crescent: Gender, Art, and Society (October 4 – November 1)
Mary H. Dana Women Artists Series Galleries, Rutgers University
Artist: Ariane Littman, Lebowitz Visiting Artist in Residence

The Fertile Crescent: Gender, Art, and Society (October 4 – November 21)
Arts Council of Princeton/Paul Robeson Center for the Arts, Princeton, NJ
Artists: Shiva Ahmadi, Monira Al Qadari, Nezaket Ekici, Hayv Kahraman, Efrat Kedem

The Fertile Crescent: Gender, Art, and Society (November 9 – December 17)
Mary H. Dana Women Artists Series Galleries, Rutgers University
Artist: Shahzia Sikander

The Fertile Crescent: Gender, Art, and Society (August 18 – January 13, 2013)
Princeton University Art Museum
Artists: Parastou Forouhar, Mona Hatoum, Sigalit Landau, Shirin Neshat, Laila Shawa

•  Complementary Exhibitions:

Farah Ossouli: Ars Poetica (September 4 - January 9, 2013)
Paul Robeson Galleries, Rutgers Newark
Artist: Farah Ossouli

Two Solo Shows: Soil-Adama: Ifat Shatzky and Mary Cross(September 15- December 31)
Princeton Public Library
Artists: Mary Cross and Ifat Shatzky

Borderlands (October 9 – December 3)
New Brunswick Public Library
Artists: Linda Bock-Hinger, Sheetal Bagewadi, Natalia Kadish, Mediha Sandhu, Ela Shah, Tamara Woronczuk

Ornament and Narrative: Women Artists of Eastern Diasporas (October 15 – December 15)
Rutgers Center for the Arts, Camden
Artists: Roya Akhavan, Siona Benjamin, Lalla Essaydi, Sissi Farassat, Naomi Safran-Hon, Soody Sharifi, Mitra Tabrizian

Goddess, Lion, Peasant, Priest: Modern and Contemporary Indian Art
from the Shelley and Donald Rubin Private Collection (October 24 – December 16)

The College of New Jersey Galleries
Artists: Chandrima Bhattacharyya, Sakti Burman, Arpana Caur, Shanti Dave, M.F. Husain, Krishen Khanna, Seema Kohli, K.S. Kulkarni, Bari Kumar, Nalini Malani, Mahjabin Majumdar, Kamal Mitra, Gogi Saroj Pal, Shyamal Dutta Ray, Sadequain, G.R.Santosh, Arpita Singh, F.N. Souza, K.G. Subramanyan

•  Symposia:

Book Art Symposium: Middle East Women Artists’ Books on the Edge (November 2)***EVENT POSTPONED
Arts Council of Princeton/Paul Robeson Center for the Arts, Princeton, NJ
Organizer: Michael Joseph
Artists: Patricia Sarrafian Ward other artists TBA

•  Panels:

The Fertile Crescent: A New York Public Library Book Event (November 14)
Stephen A. Schwarzman Building, New York Public Library
Speakers: Negar Ahkami, Kelly Baum, Judith K. Brodsky, Ferris Olin, Gilane Tawadros, and Nil Yalter

Read about it in the NY Times

Lectures:

Ornament and Narrative: Women Artists of Eastern Diasporas (November 15)
Stedman Gallery, Rutgers-Camden
Artist Lecture by Siona Benjamin

•  Performances:

Songs of the Fertile Crescent: World premiere of suite of arias from the new opera, Territories, (libretto by Palestinian American playwright Betty Shamieh and music by Andreia Pinto Correia), sung by Iranian soprano Haleh Abghari, and concert featuring women composers from the Middle East and Iberia. The concert will be followed by an onstage discussion (November 15) ** NOTE DATE CHANGE, EVENT RESCEDULED
Wolfenson Hall, Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton, NJ

Tales of Transformation, Princeton Symphony Orchestra concert (November 4)
Richardson Auditorium, Princeton University
Rimsky-Korsakov’s Scheherazade

The Alter-Ego of an Arab-American Assimiliationist (November 5)
Performance by Betty Shamieh with introduction by Andreia Pinto Correia
Crossroads Theater, New Brunswick, NJ

YES, YES, YES: A Guided Tour (November 17)***EVENT POSTPONED
Performance by Ofri Cnaani
Arts Council of Princeton, Princeton Cemetery, Princeton Public Library

•  FIlm-Screenings:

Screening of Persepolis (November 14)
Arts Council of Princeton/Paul Robeson Center for the Arts, Princeton, NJ

Iranian Film Festival: Film tiles TBA (November 6 or 7, 15, 20, 28)
NJC Lounge, Douglass Campus Center, Rutgers University
Organized by Fakhri Haghani, Center for Middle East Studies, Rutgers University

•  Special Events:

Art Talk followed by Exhibition Reception (November 8)
Princeton Public Library, Princeton, NJ
Artists: Mary Cross and Ifat Shatzky

•  Community Educational Opportunities:

*Gender, Art, and Society in the Middle East and North Africa
Workshop for High School Teachers (November 14)

Center for Historical Analysis, Rutgers University

*Women, Film, and Storytelling in the Middle East: A hands-on filmmaking program for high school students (November 3 & 4)
New Brunswick Public Library

*Islam, The Anne B. Shepherd Lecture Series
Weekly Lectures by Various Princeton University Faculty
Princeton Adult School


*Please note, registration is necessary for the classes above. Click on their titles to view more information.

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DECEMBER 2012

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•  Core Exhibitions:

The Fertile Crescent: Gender, Art, and Society (November 9 – December 17)
Mary H. Dana Women Artists Series Galleries, Rutgers University
Artist: Shahzia Sikander

The Fertile Crescent: Gender, Art, and Society (August 18 – January 13, 2013)
Princeton University Art Museum
Artists: Parastou Forouhar, Mona Hatoum, Sigalit Landau, Shirin Neshat, Laila Shawa

•  Complementary Exhibitions:

Out of the Closet (exhibition of clothes and textiles from the Fertile Crescent) and Everyday Islam Photographs by Annanya Dasgupta(December 6)
Multipurpose Room, Rutgers Student Center, College Avenue, New Brunswick, NJ

Farah Ossouli: Ars Poetica (September 4 - January 9, 2013)
Paul Robeson Galleries, Rutgers Newark
Artist: Farah Ossouli

Two Solo Shows: Soil-Adama: Ifat Shatzky and Mary Cross(September 15- December 31)
Princeton Public Library
Artists: Mary Cross and Ifat Shatzky

Borderlands (October 9 – December 3)
New Brunswick Public Library
Artists: Linda Bock-Hinger, Sheetal Bagewadi, Natalia Kadish, Mediha Sandhu, Ela Shah, Tamara Woronczuk

Ornament and Narrative: Women Artists of Eastern Diasporas (October 15 – December 15)
Rutgers Center for the Arts, Camden
Artists: Roya Akhavan, Siona Benjamin, Lalla Essaydi, Sissi Farassat, Naomi Safran-Hon, Soody Sharifi, Mitra Tabrizian

Goddess, Lion, Peasant, Priest: Modern and Contemporary Indian Art from the Shelley and Donald Rubin Private Collection (October 24 – December 16)
The College of New Jersey Galleries
Artists: Chandrima Bhattacharyya, Sakti Burman, Arpana Caur, Shanti Dave, M.F. Husain, Krishen Khanna, Seema Kohli, K.S. Kulkarni, Bari Kumar, Nalini Malani, Mahjabin Majumdar, Kamal Mitra, Gogi Saroj Pal, Shyamal Dutta Ray, Sadequain, G.R.Santosh, Arpita Singh, F.N. Souza, K.G. Subramanyan

•  Lectures:

Lecture by Lucette Lagnado (Egyptian author) (December 17)
Princeton Public Library, Princeton, NJ
Speaker: Lucette Lagnado

Ornament and Narrative: A Poetry Reading and Discussion of Art by Women of the Eastern Diaspora (December 6)
Stedman Gallery, Rutgers-Camden, NJ
Discussion led by: Rafey Habib

•  Performances:

Fashioning the Cultural Impact of Islamic Diaspora (December 6)
Multipurpose Room, Rutgers Student Center, College Avenue, New Brunswick, NJ
Musical Performance: Mandinka traditional music from Senegal
Dance Performance: Kathak by Courtyard Dancers Company

•  Film-Screenings:

Screening of Lady Kul El-Arab (December 4)
Princeton Public Library

•  Special Events:

Fashioning the Cultural Impact of Islamic Diaspora (December 6)
Multipurpose Room, Rutgers Student Center, College Avenue, New Brunswick, NJ

  • Out of the Closet: Clothes and Textiles from the Fertile Crescent
  • Everyday Islam Photographs by Annanya Dasgupta
  • Musical Performance: Mandinka, traditional music from Senegal
  • Dance Performance: Kathak by Courtyard Dancers Company
  • Symposium: Invited speakers: Moderator: Ousseina Alidou, Sylviane Diouf, Meheli Sen, Fawzia Afzal-Khan, Heather Marie Akou, Pallabi Chakraborty, Fakhri Haghani



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    JANUARY 2013

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    •  Core Exhibitions:

    The Fertile Crescent: Gender, Art, and Society (August 18 – January 13, 2013)
    Princeton University Art Museum
    Artists: Parastou Forouhar, Mona Hatoum, Sigalit Landau, Shirin Neshat, Laila Shawa

    •  Complementary Exhibitions:

    Farah Ossouli: Ars Poetica (September 4 - January 9, 2013)
    Paul Robeson Galleries, Rutgers Newark
    Artist: Farah Ossouli

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