In September, the Jean-Paul Najar Foundation will kick-off the 2016-2017 Dubai arts season by hosting New York City-based female artist Judy Rifka. She will spend two weeks in Dubai for an artist’s residency, a series of talks and workshops, and will host three apprentices to work with her on a newly commissioned body of work . “We are delighted that seasoned public programmer Wafa Jadallah will be organizing the events at the Foundation for the duration of Judy Rifka’s stay,” says Foundation Director Deborah Najar. Beneficiary institutions include the American University of Sharjah, the American University of Dubai, NYU-Abu Dhabi and a number of local secondary schools.
This kind of programme fits directly into the Foundation’s mission both to support the artists of the Collection as well as to propose unique educational events. Rifka aims to create a series of works that will be unveiled at the opening of her solo show Judy Rifka: RETROactive on September 18th. This exhibition will juxtapose seminal works from the 1970s chosen from the permanent collection, as well as these newer works.