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The Department of Art and Art History will hold its first annual Roslyn Brock Stern Lecture featuring Wassan Al-Khudhairi and her talk on “Curating Contemporary Art” on Wednesday, Nov. 9, from 5-6:15 p.m. in 005 Biggin Hall. This lecture is free and open to the public.

Al-Khudhairi is the Hugh Kaul Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art at the Birmingham Museum of Art. There she manages the modern and contemporary collections and has developed several new programs, including a series of site-specific installations in the museum’s lobby; a lecture series “Art Papers Live”, and “shift”, a satellite space that serves as a platform for conversations around contemporary art. Prior to her work at the museum, Al-Khudhairi was curator of the Gwangju Biennale Foundation in South Korea, the director of Mathaf: Arab Museum of Modern Art in Qatar and held positions at the Brooklyn Museum, the British Museum and the High Museum. She received her bachelor’s degree in art history from Georgia State University, and her master’s degree in Islamic art and archaeology from the University of London.

Al-Khudhairi’s talk is the first of what will become an annual Roslyn Brock Stern Lecture in the Department of Art and Art History at Auburn University. Siblings Ginger and J. Stern donated the funds that support this lecture series in honor of their mother, Auburn alumna Roslyn Brock Stern and her commitment to the arts and education. Roslyn Brock Stern was the first art teacher in the Opelika school system, and she helped to launch and sustain several local cultural organizations, including the Opelika Historic Preservation Society, Keep Opelika Beautiful, the Delphi Study Club and the Opelika Arts Association, today known as The Arts Association of East Alabama.

For more information on the lecture, contact Professor Wendy DesChene at