Public Lecture: Around 1962, from Algeria to the World
February 08, 2020
Lenfest Center for the Arts, 615 W. 129 St., New York, NY 10027 The Lantern (Eighth Floor)
Todd Shepard, Arthur O. Lovejoy Professor, Department of History, Krieger School of Arts & Sciences, Johns Hopkins University.
Algeria's independence from over one hundred and thirty years of French colonial domination almost immediately came to define how many people understood what "decolonization" tout court meant. Being known as the "Mecca of Revolutionaries" contributed to how much the Algerian Revolution meant to Algerians, especially to those who, in the name of this triumph, governed independent Algeria. Many other Algerians, however, have and continue to draw their own inspiration from this history.
Presented in conjunction with the exhibition, Waiting for Omar Gatlato: Contemporary Art from Algeria and its Diaspora.
The exhibition borrows its title from a 1979 publication on early Algerian film, edited by Wassyla Tamzali, which references Samuel Beckett’s play Waiting for Godot and Merzak Allouache’s 1976 cult classic film Omar Gatlato.WAITING FOR OMAR | EXHIBITION PAGE