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Robin Kahn. <i>La Cooperativa Union Nacional Mujeres Saharauis</i>. 2012. Collage on paper, 20 x 14". dOCUMENTA(13) catalog. Commissioned by  dOCUMENTA(13)

Dining in Refugee Camps: The Art of Sahrawi Cooking

Artist Robin Kahn with Midori Yamamura

Monday, March 25, 2013, 12:30–1:15 p.m.

Education Classroom B, mezzanine, The Lewis B. and Dorothy Cullman Education and Research Building



Art in the Long View at Lunchtime
In conversation with artists and MoMA Lecturers, explore long-term, process-based art and its impact on the experience of art. While many artists establish concrete goals, the processes we are interested in examining may span the lifetime of the artist, require ongoing participation or discussion, and be linked more to research and exploration than to a pre-established plan. Bring your lunch and discover how these challenges to the constraints of time and the expectations of final product and finality force viewers and participants to reconsider the role of art in society. This series serves as an incubator of ideas in advance of our upcoming Contemporary Art Forum on May 2 and 3.

Join artist Robin Kahn for Western Saharan tea in an interactive presentation about her project for dOCUMENTA(13), The Art of Sahrawi Cooking. In 2009, Kahn was invited to the Tindouf Refugee Camps in Algeria where the people of Western Sahara have lived in exile since 1975. Using art as a peaceful weapon, she produced Dining in Refugee Camps: The Art of Sahrawi Cooking, a publication that focuses on how Sahrawi women have adapted the ritual of the meal to create a sense of home within a state of homelessness. Last summer, Kahn presented The Art of Sahrawi Cooking at dOCUMENTA(13), inviting the public to share a bowl of couscous and a conversation with women from Western Sahara about their lives.

Robin Kahn is an artist who was born in 1961 in New York, where she currently lives and works. She has exhibited internationally, most recently her interactive installation and series of collaborative events at dOCUMENTA(13) in Kassel Germany.

Midori Yamamura, PhD, is a CUNY faculty member and a lecturer at The Museum of Modern Art. She specializes in feminist art and post-1945 Asian diasporic art. She was a contributor to the 2012 Tate Modern catalogue Yayoi Kusama, and the Museum Boijmans van Beuningen catalogue Yayoi Kusama: Mirrored Years (2009).

Tickets are free but required and can be acquired on a first-come first-served basis online or at the information desk, the Film desk after 4:00 p.m., or at the Education and Research Building reception desk on the day of the program.

To pick up tickets acquired online, proceed to the Education and Research Building reception desk at 4 West 54 Street beginning at noon on the day of the program.