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Basim Magdy. *A 240 Second Analysis of Failure and Hopefulness (With Coke, Vinegar and Other Tear Gas Remedies)*. 2012. 160 35mm color slides and two synchronized Kodak slide carousel projectors, 240 sec. Fund for the Twenty-First Century. © 2019 Basim Magdy

Art and Practice is a series of seminars and workshops that bring together emerging and experienced artists. Together they explore the challenges and possibilities of sustaining a creative life.

For Basim Magdy, color, chance, and the unexpected are tools for representing reality. This workshop will explore the artist’s multidisciplinary methods for experimenting with poetic narrative, unconventional photographic processes, and analog image-making. After a screening of his work, Magdy will lead participants through his process of “film pickling” with common household materials. Artists, photographers, filmmakers, and poets with an interest in visual language are welcome to apply.

A reception will take place from 3:30 to 4:00 p.m.

This program is free, but an application form is required. For more information, please contact

Basim Magdy was born in 1977 in Assiut, Egypt. He lives and works between Basel and Cairo, experimenting with painting, film, photography, text, sound, and installation. His work has appeared in solo and group exhibitions at The Museum of Modern Art, New York; Centre Pompidou, Paris; Arnolfini, Bristol; Castello di Rivoli, Torino; Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago; New Museum, New York; MAXXI National Museum of the 21st-Century Arts, Rome; Jeu de Paume, Paris; Deutsche Bank KunstHalle, Berlin; Hessel Museum of Art, Annandale-On-Hudson, New York; Whitechapel Gallery, London; KW Institute for Contemporary Art, Berlin; La Biennale de Montreal, Montreal; MEDIACITY Seoul Biennial; Istanbul Biennial; Sharjah Biennial; Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco; The High Line, New York; and La Triennale, Palais de Tokyo, Paris. His work is currently on view in the MoMA exhibition New Order: Art and Technology in the Twenty-First Century.

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Major support for Adult and Academic Programs is provided by the Estate of Susan Sabel.

Generous funding is provided by endowments established by Agnes Gund and Daniel Shapiro, The Junior Associates of The Museum of Modern Art, Walter and Jeanne Thayer, and by the gifts of Alan Kanzer. Additional support is provided by the Annual Education Fund.

This event is part of Art and Practice.