Samia Halaby
Enfolding and Unfolding: Geometric Abstraction in Motion
21 April - 14 May 2017 | School of Visual Arts, New York

Samia Halaby's rarely seen kinetic paintings are highlighted in Enfolding and Unfolding: Geometric Abstraction in Motion, an exhibition of electronic art that includes computer-based works. Halaby is represented with paintings that she programmed on the Amiga and PC between 1985 and 1995. Curated by Sanaa Almajedi at the School of Visual Arts New York City, the exhibition explores the influence of geometric abstraction in Islamic art, particularly how it developed in North Africa and West Asia, on experimental artists from the Arab world. Featured alongside Halaby are Ghassan Ghaib and Himat Mohammed Ali.


Halaby will be performing as part of the Kinetic Painting Group (with musicians Kevin Nathaniel Hylton and Hasan Bakr) on 21 April at 6pm as part of the show’s opening events. The abstract painter founded the group in the 1990s in New York City, where it regularly performed at venues such as Lincoln Center. Later they travelled to the Arab world, where they played at Le Pont Gallery in Aleppo in addition to other local art spaces. 


Enfolding and Unfolding: Geometric Abstraction in Motion is on view until 14 May.


Opening reception: 21 April, 6.00 - 9.00 pm

630 Flushing Ave Brooklyn New York

To schedule an appointment to view the exhibtion, please ocntact Sanna Almajedi at salmajedi@sva.edu


Image: Installation view, Enfolding and Unfolding: Geometric Abstraction in Motion. Photo courtesy of Amiga Bill (Flickr).