My October Arts & Culture Calendar

Thank goodness October will be a tad less frantic than September. My calves are looking fabulous from all the walking in between galleries I did last month. My mani is particularly chipped from all the typing away that was required to keep up. No long New Jersey girl nails here! Here is a quick peek into this month’s diary, which interestingly enough seems to favor solo shows over group exhibitions:

2 October

I have been eagerly anticipating this solo show by Azeri-Iranian painter and critic Aydin Agdhashloo. The now famous series addresses the inevitability of beauty’s demise, with the artist completing a Renaissance masterpiece then gradually defacing it.

Farjam Pixlr Oct 2013

‘Memories of Destruction,’ A Selection of Works by Aydin Agdhashloo
The Farjam Collection, DIFC
Opening 2 October, 7-9pm

7 October

‘Out of Body’ by Aidan Salakhova promises to be equal parts disturbing and entrancing. The solo show at Cuadro Art presents a series of cocooned figures, who despite their lack of facial features have already managed to make me care about them. I’m hoping for a chance to interview the artist.

'Pieta,' Aidan Salakhova, courtesy of Cuadro, DIFC

‘Pieta,’ Aidan Salakhova, courtesy of the artist and Cuadro Art

‘Out of Body,’ a solo show by Aidan Salakhova
Cuadro Art, DIFC
7 October-7 November, 2013

8 October

J+A Gallery brings Berlin artist Tor Seidel to Dubai with a surreal solo show entitled, ‘Hermetically.’ In just over a year,  J+A founders Arne and Sebastian have made a good name for themselves as industrial design go-to guys in Al Quoz. I’m intrigued to see what they have up their sleeves when they add art to their gallery program.

From 'Hermetically,' Tor Seidel. Image courtesy of the artist and J+A Gallery

From ‘Hermetically,’ Tor Seidel. Image courtesy of the artist and J+A Gallery

‘Hermetically,’ by Tor Seidel
J+A Gallery, Al Quoz
8 October-14 November, 2013
(Opening on the 7th)

9 October

Lahore’s Basir Mahmood returns to Grey Noise with a multi-media show quirkily titled, ‘We are what we eat.’ I’m especially excited to watch ‘Bismillah Driving Centre,’ a video that studies a learner’s first precarious driving lesson one stop and go at a time.

'Bismillah Driving Center,' Basir Mahmood. Image courtesy of the artist and Grey Noise

‘Bismillah Driving Center,’ Basir Mahmood. Image courtesy of the artist and Grey Noise

‘We are what we eat,’ by Basir Mahmood
Grey Noise
Alserkal Avenue, Al Quoz
9 October-7 November, 2013
(Opening the evening of 9 November)

15 October

Have a non-commercial idea to share with the community using this brief Japanese format of 20 slides at 20 seconds each? Applications are due for Dubai’s PechaKucha Night. I’m applying! The actually evening will take place sometime in late November.

PechaKucha Night Dubai Pixlr

For more information about applying to or attending PechaKucha night visit Pavilion’s Facebook page.

21 October

My wonderful mother in law visits from Chicago. I will be polishing the silver, fattening up my husband, and scrubbing behind my ears to prepare accordingly. Expect updates on her first trip to Dubai’s art galleries, an adventure through Sharjah, and lots of high teas and ladies luncheons.


Good Idea: As always, all of these events and openings are open to the public and free of charge to attend. I’d love to meet you in person so please come introduce yourselves if you see my out, notebook and pen in hand this coming month!