NYU ABU DHABI Art Gallery unveils 2023 programme


The NYU Abu Dhabi Art Gallery Announces 2023 Spring and Fall Exhibitions that Confront Contemporary Landscape

  • Curated by The NYUAD Art Gallery Executive Director and University Chief Curator, Maya Allison, the shows examine the different ways we think about and reflect on our landscape 


Tarek Al-Ghoussein, Al Sawaber 0167, 2015-2017, digital print, 100 x 150 cm. Courtesy of The Third Line, Dubai


The NYU Abu Dhabi (NYUAD) Art Gallery has unveiled its program for the year ahead, with two exhibitions that explore human-landscape relations as they manifest in contemporary art practice.  

The Executive Director of The NYUAD Art Gallery and University Chief Curator, Maya Allison, said: “We humans have a complicated relationship to our landscape, particularly in an era of catastrophic climate events, and our ever-growing need for energy. Both exhibitions in our main gallery this year continue my curatorial exploration of this ripe and active subject in contemporary art today. My thinking for our spring exhibition, the only constant, began with Tarek Al-Goussein’s Al Sawaber photo series from 2017, in which he captures the tension between a decaying sci-fi housing complex architecture, and its residents’ posters of a lost natural paradise. Alongside his project, I’ve selected a series of works in a range of media that speak to our fantasies and terrors around landscape: as refuge and paradise, as sustenance, as property, as energy source, as a threat, and as a register of our threat.” 


Running from February 22 to June 4, the spring exhibition, the only constant, will include works by Tarek Al-Ghoussein, Patty Chang, Gil Heitor Cortesão, Sharon Lockhart, Taus Makhacheva, Haroon Mirza, Clifford Ross, Thomas Struth, and Vivek Vilasini.


Tarek Al-Ghoussein, Al Sawaber 3525, 2015-2017, digital print, 100 x 150 cm. Courtesy of The Third Line, Dubai


An opening reception will be held on Wednesday, February 22, with the exhibition running from Tuesday through Sunday, 12-8 pm. For more details and to sign up for invitations, visit here


Allison continued, “Then, this fall, the artist Blane De St. Croix will open a solo exhibition, for which he is developing new work that continues his dialogues with scientists, and considers the relationship of our desert to the arctic. His large-scale installations and artworks envision landscape through the lens of climate change. This exhibition follows on a recent tour-de-force of De St. Croix’s work at MASS MoCA in the US, titled How to Move a Landscape. His method involves extended periods of research and exploration in places such as the Arctic Circle and the Gobi Desert. It’s my hope that both exhibitions will be a place for reflection and dialogue that links to the larger context of 2023 as the UAE’s Year of Sustainability, as our country prepares to host COP28.”  


Patty Chang, Invocation for a Wandering Lake, parts 1 & 2, 2015-2016. Courtesy of the artist



About The NYU Abu Dhabi Art Gallery

Established in 2014, The NYU Abu Dhabi (NYUAD) Art Gallery is the Gulf’s first and only university gallery with a program of scholarly and experimental museum exhibitions. The program seeks to map new territories and ideas through presenting exhibitions by internationally established artists, curators, and scholars at its main space. Its auxiliary venue, the Project Space, is an exhibition laboratory for the university community, and for emerging artists and curators. Situated within NYU Abu Dhabi, the community of which hails from over 115 countries, The Art Gallery organizes free public programs and guided tours in conjunction with its groundbreaking exhibitions. It also produces scholarly publications, which are a core part of its curatorial frame and reflect its academic mission. Collectively, with the Gallery’s Reading Room, these welcoming, intimate spaces open up artistic opportunities and initiate regional and international dialogue.


About NYU Abu Dhabi
NYU Abu Dhabi is the first comprehensive liberal arts and research campus in the Middle East to be operated abroad by a major American research university. NYU Abu Dhabi has integrated a highly selective program with majors in the sciences, engineering, social sciences, arts, and humanities with a world center for advanced research. Its campus enables students to succeed in an increasingly interdependent world, and to advance cooperation and progress on humanity’s shared challenges. NYU Abu Dhabi’s high-achieving students have come from some 120 countries and speak over 115 languages. Together, NYU’s campuses in New York, Abu Dhabi, and Shanghai form the backbone of a unique global university, giving faculty and students opportunities to experience varied learning environments and immersion in other cultures at one or more of the numerous study-abroad sites NYU maintains on six continents. 


The spring exhibition, The Only Constant

Location: NYU Abu Dhabi
Duration: 22 February – 4 June





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