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Sara Raza. Photo: Asya Gorovits. Courtesy of the Rubin Museum of Art.
Sara Raza. Photo: Asya Gorovits. Courtesy of the Rubin Museum of Art.

Sara Raza to Join the Rubin Museum of Art as Guest Curator

Curator and writer Sara Raza has been tapped to become a guest curator at the Rubin Museum of Art in New York. Raza, formerly the Guggenheim UBS MAP Curator for the Middle East and North Africa, runs a global art and visual cultures studio called Punk Orientalism. With a focus on global art, publishing, and public programs, the New York–based studio explores ideas around nonconformity and resistance that are central to “punk” movements. She is also the West and Central Asia desk editor for ArtAsiaPacific.

Previously, Raza served as associate curator for Sharjah’s Maraya Art Centre, where she worked with artists such as Adel Abidin and Mohammend Kazem; as founding head of curatorial programs at Alāan Artspace in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia; as curator of public programs at Tate Modern in London; and as head of education at the YARAT Contemporary Art Space in Baku. Raza has lectured widely and is the author of Punk Orientalism, which will be published in 2019.

Raza will curate an exhibition at the Rubin as part of its upcoming program “Power: Within and Between US—A Yearlong Exploration,” which will draw from contemporary art, scientific theories, and Buddhist philosophies to explore secular and religious systems of power, as well as personal and collective agency. The program’s inaugural show, “Faith and Empire: Art and Politics in Tibetan Buddhism,” will kick off on February 1. Raza’s exhibition, which has the working title of “The Power of Non-Conformity,” is slated to open in August.