Molla Nasreddin: Embrace Your Antithesis by Slavs and Tatars.

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Location: Meadows Museum, Bob and Jean Smith Auditorium, Southern Methodist University, 5900 Bishop Boulevard, Dallas, Texas 75205

Molla Nasreddin: Embrace Your Antithesis includes a discussion of the book Molla Nasreddin: the magazine that would’ve, could’ve, should’ve, its historical context, the case study of the complexity otherwise known as the Caucasus, the figure of the antimodern, and the issue of self-censorship a century ago and today. Arguably the most important periodical of the Muslim world in the 20th century, Molla Nasreddin: the magazine that would’ve, could’ve, should’ve was a legendary Azerbaijani periodical, featuring illustrations reminiscent of a Daumier of the Caucasus. It was read by an audience that stretched from Morocco to India, and addressed issues such as gender equality, education, colonialism, and Islam’s integration of modernity—all of which remain as relevant and pressing today as when the magazine was first published a century ago. 

This lecture-performance will be followed by a discussion with Slavs and Tatars, Gabriel Ritter, The Nancy and Tim Hanley Assistant Curator of Contemporary Art at the Dallas Museum of Art, and Noah Simblist, Chair and Associate Professor of Art at SMU, Meadows School of the Arts.

See the art collective's latest exhibition, Concentrations 57: Slavs and Tatars, at the Dallas Museum of Art, on view July 18-December 14, 2014

This event will take place at the Meadows Museum's Bob and Jean Smith Auditorium at Southern Methodist University.