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Stoddard Art Lecture with Mohamad Hafez

December 5, 2018 @ 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm

Location: Lamb Room

We are pleased to welcome Syrian born artist and architect Mohamad Hafez as our guest lecturer for the 8th Annual Stoddard Art Lecture. Hafez will speak about his dynamic and evocative mixed media sculptural art, which is informed and inspired by the war-torn landscapes of contemporary Syria and other Middle Eastern countries. Born in Damascus, raised in Saudi Arabia, and educated in the Midwestern United States, Hafez’s art reflects the juxtaposition of East and West within him, as well as the political turmoil in the Middle East. Through his architectural skills and the repurposing of scrap metal and found objects, Hafez creates arresting, often surrealistic, Middle Eastern streetscapes that are works of art while simultaneously being politically charged and thought provoking. Having been forced to migrate, along with his upper-middle class Damascene family, Hafez offers a very personal view of what it’s like to be thrust into the role of migrant; how people’s lives are before and after the migration, the turning points and their adjustment to new realities.  A light reception will precede the lecture at 6pm.


Mohamad Hafez has recently been featured in four highly acclaimed exhibitions and profiled in National Public Radio, The New York Times, and The New Yorker. He is currently exhibiting at numerous institutions, including The Brooklyn Museum, “Syria, Then and Now: Stories from Refugees a Century Apart,” October 13, 2018–January 13, 2019 and Fairfield University Art Museum, Quick Center for the Arts, “Collateral Damage,” October 26 – December 15, 2018. He is the recipient of a 2018 Connecticut Arts Hero Award for his extensive and continuous body of work on topical issues and serves as a 2018 Yale University Silliman College Fellow.

The Stoddard Art Lecture series was established in the fall of 2011 to enrich and broaden the community’s understanding and enjoyment of the visual arts in all its forms. This lecture was created to honor Pat and Hud Stoddard and their numerous contributions to New Canaan.


December 5, 2018
6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
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Lamb Room
151 Main Street
New Canaan, CT 06840 United States
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