What’s On
August and September 2019


One Day Writing Workshop: Visual Art Critique
With writer and critic Adania Shibli

Friday, 2 August, 14:00–19:00
Place: the Palestinian Museum

The Palestinian Museum will hold a workshop on visual art and culture critique writing, examining artistic representations of the natural landscape in a global context and within the theme of the Intimate Terrains exhibition. Led by writer and researcher Adania Shibli, the workshop will include discussions of artworks and of a selection of written art critiques. The aim is to add meaningful written contributions on visual arts and culture to the field of art critique.

The programme is aimed at individuals with an interest in advancing their skills in writing about culture and the visual arts. Following the workshop, every participant will submit a written critique of one of the works on view at the Intimate Terrains exhibition.

Eligibility Criteria:
-  Applicants must be fluent in Arabic and English.
-   Applicants must be committed to completing a written essay on one of the exhibited works.
To apply, please provide the following documents (in Arabic):
-   Resumé
-  One or more samples of past writing on the subject of visual arts or any other field

Please send these documents to the following email address: activities@palmuseum.org with ‘Visual art critique workshop’ in the subject line.

Deadline for application: 22 July 2019


Workshop: Archive Conservation and Preservation
With Museum Registrar, Baha Jubeh

Monday, 5 August, 10:00–14:00
Place: the Palestinian Museum

The Palestinian Museum will hold a workshop on archive conservation and preservation, with the aim of acquainting interested institutions and individuals with the Museum’s Conservation for Digitisation project. It is also an opportunity to share and exchange experience and knowledge with institutions that work in the field of archiving, and to raise awareness as to the importance of the conservation of archive collections in Palestine.

The workshop will include practical training in the handling, conservation and preservation of archive materials, as well as their digitisation and archival for public access.

Workshop Programme:
10:00–11:00  A talk on the Conservation for Digitisation project and introduction to archive preservation
11:00–12:00  Overview of conservation and preservation materials and how they are used
12:00-12:15   Coffee break
12:15–13:00  Open discussion and exchange among participants
13:00–14:00  Tour of conservation laboratory with an overview of the conservation, digitisation, and archiving processes 

Please register by send an email to: activities@palmuseum.org with ‘Visual art critique workshop’ in the subject line.

Deadline for application: 24 July 2019


Live Audiovisual Performance
Chronicles of a Single Day. Time: Beirut, Place: a Day in August 1982
With artist Dirar Kalash
Visual materials coordination: Adele Jarrar

Tuesday, 6 August, 19:30 –21:00
Place: the Palestinian Museum
 
This performance is an audio-visual interpretation of Palestinian poet Mahmoud Darwish’s prose A Memory for Forgetfulness, in which he vividly relates an account of a day amidst the Israeli invasion and siege of Lebanon in 1982 that came to be known as ‘Hiroshima Day’. In his interpretation, Kalash meshes text, sound, and image, wrapping the prose’s form and content with the impressive soundscape he creates. Visually, the performance incorporates images drawn from the Palestinian Museum Digital Archive, captured during the Israeli invasion of Lebanon in 1982.

About Dirar Kalash:
Dirar kalash is a multi-media, multi-instrumentalist composer, improvisation artist, and performer, not bound by medium or genre. Kalash has released several solo and collaborative albums and has performed live worldwide.

For organisational purposes, please register here


Guest Curator’s Tour
With Dr Tina Sherwell

Wednesday, 21 August, 16:30–17:30
Place: the Palestinian Museum

Do not miss the chance to join a tour of our Intimate Terrains exhibition with its curator, Dr Tina Sherwell. Through a collection of unique historic and contemporary works, the exhibition explores how representations of landscape have evolved from the 1930s to the present via a selection of works by 36 artists from Palestine and its diaspora. The works include paintings, photography, installations, video and film, natural media, and sculpture.

Dr Sherwell has carried out extensive research on Palestinian art and visual culture, producing numerous studies on the works of many Palestinian artists. Throughout this tour, Dr Sherwell shares a substantial part of her past and present academic research, allowing for a comprehensive and innovative understanding of the history of contemporary Palestinian art, as well as its relationship to land and location.

For organisational purposes, please register here


Benji Boyadgian, The Temporary Ruin, Chapter 2: The Cabinet of Curiosity, 2017-ongoing
Cabinet: Plywood and found objects, Paintings: Watercolour on paper
Cabinet: 120x120x150cm, Paintings: various dimensions
Courtesy of the artist 
Objects-In-Focus: The Temporary Ruin
With artist Benji Boyadgian

Wednesday, 21 August, 17:30–18:30
Place: the Palestinian Museum

Traces, remains, and ruins of a disappearing landscape come to the fore in Benji Boyadgian’s The Temporary Ruin. Using items that the artist gathered in Wadi al-Shami, also known as ‘Garbage Valley’, this work is a detailed study of a landscape that is in the process of disappearing due to Israeli colonialist expansion. The valley is located in southern Jerusalem— whose borders were unilaterally drawn by the Israeli occupation in 1967— between Jabal Abu Ghneim, Bethlehem, and Mar Elias Monastery. In 1996, the cutting down of trees in the valley began a process of fundamental change to the natural landscape. Moreover, the construction of the Israeli apartheid wall cut most of the land owners and farmers out from the valley, and effectively excised the valley itself from Bethlehem.

The objects gathered by the artist and displayed in the cabinet of curiosities, as well as the paintings that complement them examine our relationship to place. On the one hand, there is a sense of absence/presence, a feeling of futility in the face of incessant Israeli transformation of the landscape. There is also a questioning of our obsessive attachment to places and things.

For organisational purposes, please register here

Book Launch and Dialogue
Feast of Ashes: The Life and Art of David Ohannessian
With author Sato Moughalian and Dr Adila Laïdi-Hanieh

Sunday, 25 August, 18:30–20:30
Place: The Palestinian Museum

The Palestinian Museum will host the launch of Armenian-American researcher Sato Moughalian’s book Feast of Ashes: The Life and Art of David Ohannessian. Moughalian explores the life and art of her grandfather, David Ohannessian, who owned and led Jerusalem’s “Dome of the Rock Tiles” workshop in Palestine from 1919 until 1948. The book tells the story of the founding of the art of Armenian ceramics in the city, tracing Ohannessian’s steps from the historic Ottoman ceramics center of Kütahya to his arrival and career in Jerusalem through his artistic work in churches, houses, on the walls of the Old City, and elsewhere.

For organisational purposes, please register here

A Tour through History
Exploring the history of Armenian artisanal ceramics in Jerusalem
With historian and tour guide George Hintlian

Monday, 26 August. 16:00–18:00
Place: Jerusalem (Meeting point at Omar ibn al-Khattab Square, Jaffa Gate; tour begins at Cathedral of Saint James, then Jerusalem Railway Station, Talbiyeh Neighborhood, Jaffa Road, ending at the American Colony)

We explore the history of Jerusalem through the Armenian artisanal ceramics that adorn its landmarks, houses, and alleys. George Hintlian takes us on a two-hour tour, beginning in the 18th century, and revealing the roots of this artform in the city. We eventually move to the end of Ottoman rule and the beginning of the British mandate. We follow this path, guided by the works of Armenian ceramicist David Ohannessian, a pioneer of the artform.

Participation in this tour is free, please register here


Talk: David Ohannessian: From Jerusalem to the World
An exploration of David Ohannessian’s artworks in Jerusalem
With author Sato Moughalian and Dr Adila Laïdi-Hanieh

In partnership with the Educational Bookshop, Jerusalem
Monday, 26 August, 18:30–20:30
Place: American Colony Hotel, Jerusalem

The Palestinian Museum will host the launch of Armenian-American researcher Sato Moughalian’s book Feast of Ashes: The Life and Art of David Ohannessian. Moughalian explores the life and art of her grandfather, David Ohannessian, who owned and led Jerusalem’s “Dome of the Rock Tiles” workshop in Palestine from 1919 until 1948. The book tells the story of the founding of the art of Armenian ceramics in the city, tracing Ohannessian’s steps through his artistic work in churches, houses, in the American Colony complex itself, on the walls of the Old City, and elsewhere.

The talk will be in English with availability of interpretation.

For organisational purposes, please register here

Book Launch and Discussion
David Ohannessian: How Artisanal Ceramics Flourished in Palestine
With author Sato Moughalian

Tuesday, 27 August, 19:30-21:00
Place: the Arab Culture Association, Haifa

The Palestinian Museum will hold a launch event and discussion of Armenian-American researcher Sato Moughalian’s book Feast of Ashes: The Life and Art of David Ohannessian, hosted by the Arab Culture Association, Haifa. In her book, Moughalian explores the life and art of her grandfather, David Ohannessian, who owned and led Jerusalem’s “Dome of the Rock Tiles” workshop in Palestine from 1919 until 1948. She tells the story of the founding of the art of Armenian ceramics in the city, tracing Ohannessian’s steps from the historic Ottoman ceramics center of Kütahya to his arrival and career in Jerusalem through his artistic work in the churches, on the walls of the Old City, and elsewhere.

The talk will be in English with availability of interpretation.

For organisational purposes, please register here


Art Workshop: Introduction to Scientific Botanical Drawing
With artist Elizabeth Tesdell

Saturday, 31 August, 9:30–11:00
Age group: adults
Place: the Palestinian Museum

Observation is the primary process through which we can understand the natural environment around us and build a relationship with it. Guided by artist Elizabeth Tesdell and support of Morgan Cooper, participants in this workshop will have the opportunity to observe a selection of plants and understand their form and distinguishing features. Based on their visual and sensory observation, they will produce detailed scientific drawings of plants in the Museum gardens. This workshop offers an opportunity for direct interaction with the natural landscape through artistic representation.  

For organisational purposes, please register here


Family Workshop: Armenian Ceramics in Palestine
With Artisans Garo and Sonia Sandrouni

Friday, 6 September, 14:00–17:00
Age group: children ages 5 to 17 and their families
Place: the Palestinian Museum


Complementing the book launch of Sato Moughalian’s Feast of Ashes: The Life and Art of David Ohannessian, the Palestinian Museum will host a ceramics workshop for families, led by artisans Garo and Sonia Sandrouni. Participants will learn about the styles and patterns of Armenian ceramics, as well as the artisanal techniques of their production. Each participant will make his/her own ceramic work, which will then be fired in a kiln at the artisans’ shop and made available for the participants to keep. Accompanying this workshop is an educational resource and colouring story book produced by the Palestinian Museum.

The workshop will host 25 participants.

Participation is free, registration is required here
 


Nabil Anani
Al Khurooj Ila Al Noor (Passage into the Light), 1989

Leather and henna on wood, 80 x 80 cm
Courtesy of the artist
Workshop for Young Adults: Experimental Art Using Recycled Materials
With artist Nabil Anani

Saturday, 7 September, 16:00–18:00
Age group: 13 and older
Place: The Palestinian Museum

This workshop is an opportunity for young adults to meet with and learn from Nabil Anani, one of Palestine’s most prominent artists. With inspiration from Anani’s Untitled, 2014, on view in the Intimate Terrains exhibition, participants will produce sculptures reflecting different representations of the landscape, using papier-mâché and wire. Nabil Anani is regarded as one of the foremost experimental artists in Palestine. Untitled, 2014 is a mixed media work, depicting a village scene painted on tanned leather. 

The workshop will host 15 participants

Participation is free, registration is required here

Guest Curator’s Tour
With Dr Tina Sherwell

Wednesday, 11 September, 16:30–17:30
Place: the Palestinian Museum

Do not miss the chance to join a tour of our Intimate Terrains exhibition with its curator, Dr Tina Sherwell. Through a collection of unique historic and contemporary works, the exhibition explores how representations of landscape have evolved from the 1930s to the present via a selection of works by 36 artists from Palestine and its diaspora. The works include paintings, photography, installations, video and film, natural media, and sculpture.

Dr Sherwell has carried out extensive research on Palestinian art and visual culture, producing numerous studies on the works of many Palestinian artists. Throughout this tour, Dr Sherwell shares a substantial part of her past and present academic research, allowing for a comprehensive and innovative understanding of the history of contemporary Palestinian art, as well as its relationship to land and location.

For organisational purposes, please register here


Rana Bishara, The Roadmap for Elimination, 2006-Ongoing.
OCHA maps, dried cacti, black threads, 240x400x400cm. 
Courtesy of the artist

This art work reflects the theme of "Archaeology of Place"
Objects-In-Focus: The Roadmap to Elimination
With artist Rana Bishara

Wednesday, 11 September, 17:30–18:30
Place: the Palestinian Museum

Artist Rana Bishara uses cactus to represent the remains and ruins of the landscape. The cactus has carried unique symbolic value as a natural delineator of areas that were destroyed and erased in 1948, and as a recognized symbol of steadfastness. In her installation The Roadmap for Elimination, 2006–Ongoing, Bishara has created a chamber in which dried cacti remains are sown with the black threads that hang them from above. These fragile looking husks cast their shadows on walls plastered with maps that convey the systematic fragmentation and disappearance of the Palestinian landscape.

For organisational purposes, please register here


Family Day: Representation of Landscape in Song
With singer Dalal Abu-Amneh

Friday, 13 September, 19:00–21:00
Place: The Palestinian Museum

Singer Dalal abu-Amneh will perform a repertoire of songs reflecting the representations of land and landscape in Palestinian music.

Adults: 20 NIS | Children under 16: 10 NIS

Tickets available at the Palestinian Museum, Shishapresso Café, al Tireh,  Jasmine Café, al Tireh, Vintage Café, Ramallah al Tahta, Zeit ou Zaater (Rukab St.)


Family Workshop: Preserving our Archives at Home
With Museum Registrar Baha Jubeh

Friday, 20 September, 14:00–17:00
Age group: children ages 8 to 14 and their families

Bring your old photographs and documents that are in need of conservation (wedding certificates, land deeds, black and white family photos, etc.), and we will conserve them together at the Palestinian Museum’s conservation laboratory. The workshop will begin with a tour of the lab, followed by an overview of the conservation process in three stages: handling of conservation materials, conservation, and preservation. The workshop will also highlight the important role that family archives play in understanding Palestinian political and social history.

Participation is free, registration is required here


Symposium: Archiving in the Palestinian Context
Speakers: Roger Heackok, PhD (via Skype), Yasmin Eid - Sabbagh (via Skype), Abdullah Ghassan, Samar Ozrail, Dia Hroub

Monday, 23 September, 12:00–16:30
Place: the Palestinian Museum

This symposium examines the relationship between archive and power, and between archive and the people. What is the relationship between archive, power, and colonial hegemony? Why is so much importance lent to archiving? Do we archive that which is living, or that which is dead? Does archiving signify the death of things and their departure from the realm of the living? How do we archive in the Palestinian context, in the absence of a state? How can the archive be used as a tool of power and resistance? What is the relationship between archive and art?

The lecture will be in English. Simultaneous translation is available.

For organisational purposes, please register here


Dance Workshop for Children and Young Adults:
Music and the Body’s Rhythm
With Samar Haddad King and Hisham abu Jabal

Friday, 27 September, 17:00–19:30
Age group: ages 10 to 15
Place: the Palestinian Museum

This workshop aims to develop the participants’ understanding of rhythm by means of their own bodies, using music that is inspired by the Palestinian landscape. The trainers will teach the children different rhythms, allowing each to create his/her own personalised dance moves based on his/her relationship to the landscape. In the process, participants will be motivated to consider and experience the landscape using their bodies.

The workshop will host 25 participants

Participation is free, registration is required here