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Art Venues & Initiatives

New York University Abu Dhabi

NYU Abu Dhabi’s rich arts and culture ecosystem offers students immediate, real-time opportunities to learn, volunteer, and take part in behind-the-scenes functions of multi-disciplinary cultural institutions.

The Arts Center

The Arts Center, NYUAD


The Arts Center is a multi-venue complex designed by the acclaimed Rafael Viñoly Architects. Acoustics have been designed by Shen Milsom & Wilke. Executive Artistic Director: Bill Bragin. Venues include:

  • Red Theater: a 700-seat theater with world-class acoustics, suitable for music, dance, theater or film.
  • Black Box: a flexible space for a wide range of configurations for music, dance, theater, and multi-disciplinary performance.
  • Blue Hall: a 150 capacity concert hall, ideal for concerts, small scale dance performances, readings, and more.
  • Screening Room: with state of the art equipment, it is perfect for film screenings, artist talks, and panel discussions.
  • Lobby: a dramatic space of nearly 1100 square feet, available for pre-post performance receptions.

More about, see:
NYUAD website


The NYUAD Art Gallery

The NYUAD Art Gallery

Exhibition by Slavs and Tatars: Mirrors for Princes: Both Sides of the Tongue, 28 February - 30 May 2015
© Photo: Courtesy of NYUAD Art Gallery

The NYUAD Art Gallery is an intimate museum space in a university setting. Modeled on the academic museums of the US, the curatorial program explores locally relevant and internationally significant subjects. This model of scholarly, experimental, non-commercial art exhibitions complements and enhances the region’s fast-growing cultural ecosystem. The Gallery is a core catalyst for NYUAD as a locus of intellectual and creative activity, linking the university with the Abu Dhabi public and a worldwide community of artists, curators, and scholars.
Executive Director and Chief Curator: Maya Allison

More about, see:
NYUAD Art Gallery website

Project Space

Located in the The Arts Center, The Project Space is a non-profit exhibition space dedicated to Abu Dhabi community projects. The Project Space is supported by the museum-trained staff of the NYU Abu Dhabi Art Gallery. It gives priority to exhibitions from within the academic and regional community, including the annual Senior Capstone Festival, faculty-curated exhibitions, experimental projects, and the work of regional emerging artists.

More about, see:
NYUAD Project Space


alMawrid. The Arab Center for the Study of Art

Khalil Rabah: 3rd Riwaq Biennale 2009, A Geography: Fifty Villages

Khalil Rabah: 3rd Riwaq Biennale 2009, A Geography: Fifty Villages. Postcards. Exhibited at: Palestine c/o Venice. First Palestinian participation at the Venice Biennale, 2009, curator: Salwa Mikdadi.
© Photo: Haupt & Binder, Universes in Universe


alMawrid undertakes research in the visual art and photography of Western Asia and North Africa through a variety of disciplinary approaches. The Center aims to move research and pedagogy beyond the established canons of Art History by investigating the histories and theories of art that are particular to the region from regional perspectives. It does so in collaborative dialogue with the methods and debates of a global Art History and with the widening cultural horizons in both the Humanities and the Social Sciences. The Center is organized around three interconnected clusters of activity:

alMawrid
Directed by Professor Salwa Mikdadi, is focused on developing new frameworks for the study of the visual arts of Western Asia and North Africa. The goal is to create an expanded and revised chronology of early modern and modern forms of the region’s culture, as well as new narratives of the region’s experience of modernity and its contribution to modernism.

Haraka: Experimental Lab for Arab Art and Social Thought
Led by Professor May Al-Dabbagh, it bridges the arts and social sciences to investigate the ideas, interpersonal engagements, cultural production, and knowledge flows emerging from the region to support alternative modes of knowledge production and pedagogy about the Arab region’s societies and history.

Akkassah Center for Photography
Akkasah, the word for camera in Emirati dialect, explores the histories and contemporary practices of photography in the Arab world from comparative perspectives. Director: Shamoon Zamir

More about, see:
alMawrid website

(From information by MFA Program, New York University Abu Dhabi
© Photos: Courtesy of MFA Program, NYUAD)


MFA in Art and Media
New York University Abu Dhabi

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