The Fertile Crescent: Gender, Art, and Society

Shirin Neshat Rebellious Silence, from the series Women of Allah, 1994. RC black-and-white print and ink, Framed: 132.1 x 92.7 cm. Photo credit: Cynthia Preston, Courtesy of the Gladstone Gallery, New York and Brussels.

The Princeton University Art Museum serves as one of five venues for the exhibition The Fertile Crescent: Gender, Art and Society, conceived and produced by Ferris Olin and Judith K. Brodsky, codirectors of the Institute for Women and Art at Rutgers University. The Fertile Crescent is an ambitious showcase of exhibitions, public programming, and an accompanying catalogue centered on the work of 24 contemporary feminist artists of Middle Eastern heritage.

The Fertile Crescent: Gender, Art, and Society has been made possible through support from the National Endowment for the Arts; the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts; the Violet Jabara Charitable Trust; the Artis Foundation, which helped fund the participation of the five Israeli artists in the exhibition, Ofri Cnaani, Ayana Friedman, Efrat Kedem, Sigalit Landau, and Ariane Littman; and the Harris Finch Foundation. Several programs were made possible by a grant from the New Jersey Council for the Humanities, a state partner of the National Endowment for the Humanities. In addition, Fertile Crescent partner institutions provided both financial and in-kind contributions, as did Basem and Muna Hishmeh, along with other individuals. The Rutgers University Institute for Women and Art is a unit of the Rutgers Office of the Associate Vice President for Academic and Public Partnerships in the Arts and Humanities and a member institute of the Rutgers Institute for Women’s Leadership. The IWA receives General Program Support from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts.