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Concept Pop, Or Invisible Elephants and the Flies that Bug Them

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Join us for a free lecture from internationally known Egyptian street artist, Ganzeer, on June 6 at 7:00 p.m. at the National Czech & Slovak Museum & Library.

A multi-layered artist active during the 2011 Egyptian revolution, street artist “Ganzeer”, like former Czechoslovakia President Vaclav Havel, faced the creative silencing of an oppressive government. Ganzeer will discuss his approach to creating art, including street art during the heat of the Egyptian revolution, performative pieces, printmaking, painting, video-art, and more.

Ganzeer operates seamlessly between art, design, and storytelling, creating what he has coined “Concept Pop,” a brand of cultural insurgency that utilizes the aesthetics birthed by Pop Art and tackles the subject matter typically ascribed to Conceptual Art. His medium of choice as described by Kaelen Wilson-Goldie in Artforum is “a little bit of everything: stencils, murals, paintings, pamphlets, comics, installations, graphic design,” and more. Ganzeer’s work has been featured in a wide variety of art galleries, impromptu spaces, alleyways and major museums around the world, including The Brooklyn Museum in New York, The Palace of the Arts in Cairo, Greek State Museum in Thessaloniki, the Victoria & Albert Museum in London, and the Edith Russ Haus in Oldenburg, Germany.

Ganzeer’s visit is part of NCSML’s Revolutions Starts in the Streets public art installation and programming.

Cost: Free, RSVP required.

Presented by: Aegon Transamerica with contributing sponsorship by the Greater Cedar Rapids Community Foundation Program Fund.

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June 6, 2019
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
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