Event - International Mutant

International Mutant

02.15.20, 1:00 pm

Nicolas Moufarrege, Mission Impossible (detail), 1983. Thread, pigment, glitter, beads, adhesive, minerals, and brooches on needlepoint canvas. Courtesy Nabil Moufarrej and Gulnar "Nouna" Mufarrij. Photo: Hai Zhang.

“The International is a nomadic wanderer, on land and in mind.” —Nicolas A. Moufarrege, “The Mutant International,” Arts Magazine, September 1983, p 20.


Bidoun hosts a day devoted to the lost-found work of the Egyptian-born Lebanese artist Nicolas Moufarrege (1947-1985). A wildly prodigious visual artist, writer, and curator, Moufarrege made work that remains at once wry, sophisticated, and exuberant in its pursuit of the “idiosyncratic/universal.” Contributors will speak to and about the distinct cosmopolitan enclaves in which Moufarrege lived, including Alexandria, Egypt in the 1950s, and those where he worked: Paris and Beirut in the 1960s and 1970s, and New York in the early 1980s.


These presentations will offer a lens through which to view Moufarrege’s emblematic engagements with painting and embroidery, graffiti and collage, Pop and the esoteric. The afternoon begins with a talk by artist Nick Mauss, presented with Visual AIDS, and concludes with a conversation among friends and associates from the five-odd years Moufarrege spent at the epicenter of New York’s East Village art scene.


Presented on the occasion of Nicolas Moufarrege: Recognize My Sign, on view through February 23, 2020.





Theater, 2nd Floor
1-1:10pm: Introduction and Welcome by Larissa Harris and Negar Azimi

1:10-1:45pm: Talk by Nick Mauss, introduced by Kyle Croft and presented with Visual AIDS

1:45-2:05pm: Hala Halim on Alexandria followed by conversation with Negar Azimi and Kaelen Wilson-Goldie

2:05-2:25pm: Robyn Creswell on Beirut followed by conversation with Kaelen Wilson-Goldie

2:25-2:45pm: Q+A with Hala Halim, Robyn Creswell, Negar Azimi, and Kaelen Wilson-Goldie


2:45-3:05pm: Coffee and refreshments

Galleries, 1st Floor

3:10-3:40pm: Bella Meyer in conversation with Michael Vazquez on Paris and New York City 

3:40-4:40pm: Alanna Heiss, Carlo McCormick, and Sur Rodney (Sur) in conversation with Dean Daderko on New York City 


Hosted by: Dean Daderko, Contemporary Arts Museum Houston; Larissa Harris, Queens Museum; Negar Azimi, Bidoun; Michael C. Vazquez, Bidoun; Kaelen Wilson-Goldie, Bidoun; Esther McGowan, Visual AIDS; Kyle Croft, Visual AIDS; Blake Paskal, Visual AIDS; Lindsey Berfond, Queens Museum


Bidoun is an award-winning publishing and curatorial project with a focus on the Middle East and its diasporas. To date, Bidoun’s initiatives have included a quarterly literary and arts journal, books, exhibitions, screenings, readings and symposia, as well as an itinerant library. A monograph about the late Iranian avant-garde theater director Reza Abdoh, co-published with MoMA PS1, KW Institute, and Hatje Cantz, is forthcoming.

Visual AIDS utilizes art to fight AIDS by provoking dialogue, supporting HIV+ artists, and preserving a legacy, because AIDS is not over. In 2016, Visual AIDS published a volume of its DUETS series on Moufarrege’s work, featuring a conversation between Elaine Reichek and Dean Daderko.


Nicolas Moufarrege: Recognize My Sign is organized by Contemporary Arts Museum Houston and curated by CAMH Curator Dean Daderko. CAMH’s presentation was generously supported by Nabil and Hanan Moufarrej and Khaled Salem.


Nicolas Moufarrege: Recognize My Sign at the Queens Museum is made possible by support from Claudia Audi, the Lenore G. Tawney Foundation, and Joumana Rizk. Additional support provided by Judi Roaman and Carla Chammas, and Nayla Hadchiti. Media support provided by BOMB.


Major funding for the Queens Museum is generously provided by the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature, the Lambent Foundation, the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, and the Shelley and Donald Rubin Foundation. The official hotel sponsor of the Queens Museum is Boro New York.