Arab Comics: 90 Years of Popular Visual Culture

Sept 6 – Dec 8

Arab Comics: 90 Years of Popular Visual Culture


This traveling exhibition of 33 reproductions of Arab comics provides a look into Arab popular culture and the history of graphic illustration in the Middle East. Arab Comics: 90 Years of Popular Visual Culture, brought to the Phillips Museum of Art in partnership with F&M’s Islamic and Middle East Studies Program, features three distinct types of comic book art made by Arab artists: originals, adaptations, and contemporary works. This exhibit and its related programming are part of the Arab Arts Festival taking place on campus over the course of the fall semester.

Reception, Sept 14 at 5 p.m., Rothman Gallery

Arab Youth and Street Culture in the Middle East and Diaspora: A Conversation with Yassin 'Narcy' Alsalman, Nadim Damluji, and Laith Majali, Sept 25 at 7 p.m., Rothman Gallery 

This panel discussion will feature educator, hip-hop MC, multi-media artist, and Arab hip-hop pioneer Yassin 'Narcy' Alsalman; photographer, film editor, and producer (of 2016's Academy Award-nominated Theeb) Laith Majali; and the co-curator of the featured exhibit, "Arab Comics: 90 Years of Popular Visual Culture," Nadim Damluji.

Screening of the film Speed Sisters (2015, dir. Amber Fares), Oct 12 at 7 p.m., Rothman Gallery

Speed Sisters is the riveting story of the first all-woman race car driving team in the Arab world. 


These events are part of the fall semester's Arab Arts Festival. The festival is taking place with the generous support of the the Lancaster County Community Foundation, the Humanities Initiative Fund, the Phillips Museum of Art, the Philadelphia Alumni Writers House, the Laura and Ralph Mueller '59 Endowment for Islamic Studies, Africana Studies, Anthropology, Arabic, Art & Art History, International Studies, Music, and Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies.

  • Arab Comics: 90 Years of Popular Visual Culture Image Credit: “Return to Palestine,” Mîkî Cover, Issue #174, 1964 courtesy of Mona Damluji
  • laithmajali Image Credit: Laith Majali
  • speedsisters Image Credit: Still from Speed Sisters
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