• The Arab Street: Art in Public Spaces in the Middle East
    Beth Stryker

Tahrir Square documentation (with Stryker), 2011. Courtesy of Uriel Orlow.

"One could argue that popular protests [in the Arab world] have produced public performances on a scale and of a consequence that few contemporary artists could have ever imagined."—Kaelen Wilson-Goldie

The Arab Street explores the state of art in urban public spaces in the post–Arab Spring Middle East. Regional research engages artists and the cultural institutions that have acted as their hosts, in a new accounting of the lasting impacts of these pieces, and the political, social, and ethical questions they have raised.

Beth Stryker works between NYC and the Middle East and has recently curated exhibitions and programs for the Ford Foundation in Cairo, Beirut Art Center, the AIA/Center for Architecture in New York (where she held the position of director of programs), and the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago. Her artworks have been exhibited widely including shows at the Wexner Center for the Arts, the Walker Art Center, and the Whitney Museum of American Art. Stryker received her BA from Columbia University, and her MArch from Princeton University. She recently cofounded CLUSTER, a new platform for art and design initiatives and urban research in downtown Cairo.