Salwa Mikdadi Art Historian

Salwa Mikdadi is Associate Professor Practice of Art History at NYU Abu Dhabi. She specializes in the history of modern and contemporary art of the Arab world. She was a lecturer at the Paris-Sorbonne University Abu Dhabi in the postgraduate program - History of Art and Museum Studies (2010-May 2014). Mikdadi was the Executive Director of the Arts and Culture Program at the Emirates Foundation (Abu Dhabi, 2009-2013) and Head of the Professional Development at Abu Dhabi Tourism and Culture Authority (2013-2014). She was the co-founder and director of the Cultural & Visual Arts Resource/ICWA, a non-for-profit organization dedicated to the study and exhibit of art of the Arab world in the United States (1988-2006). She curated several art exhibitions including the first Palestinian art exhibition at the Venice Biennial (2009). She wrote the reference guide on the history of the twentieth-century art of West Asia, North Africa and Egypt for the Metropolitan Museum of Art Timeline web pages Her publication include New Visions: Arab Contemporary Art of the 21st Century (Co-editor, 2009), Palestine c/o Venice (2009), In/Visible: American Arab Artists (2005), and Forces of Change: Artists of the Arab World (1994).

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