06 March 2017

Neery Melkonian memorial to take place March 9

A celebration of the life and work of Neery Melkonian will take place at 7:30 PM, March 9, 2017, at the Armenian General Benevolent Union in New York.

Neery Melkonian was a groundbreaking contemporary art curator, critic, writer, and longtime member of AICA-USA. After her sad passing in July 2016, she leaves behind an important legacy of critical discourse and community building among diasporan Middle Eastern and Armenian art and artists.

Neery worked at the Center for Contemporary Art in Santa Fe and at the Bard (College) Center for Curatorial Studies before becoming an independent curator. She stood behind Armenian art and artists throughout her career producing the NK Arts Festival, which supported artists and families of Nagorno-Karabakh, and the Blind Dates Project, which teamed Armenian and Turkish artists in a collaborative exhibition at Pratt Institute. Her endless contributions ranged from producing important symposia of artists and thinkers at Columbia University and the American University of Armenia to curating and writing for the Armenian participation at the Venice Biennale. At the time of her death, she was working on Accented Feminism, a show and catalogue about female Armenian artists, and "art farm", an archive and center for Armenian diasporan art.

To honor her memory, her friends and colleagues will join together to present her work and impact to celebrate and continue her profound vision. The evening will include personal and professional tributes as well as a special screening of AGBU WebTalks which she recorded in the months prior to her passing.

Presenters include Silva Ajemian, Jean Marie Casbarian, Tina Chakarian, Aram Jibilian, Lola Koundakjian and Hrag Vartanian.

RSVP is requested as space is limited. Please contact 212-319-6383 or rsvp@agbu.org.

The Armenian General Benevolent Union is located at 55 East 59th Street, New York, N.Y. 10022-1112.

Headquartered in New York, AICA-USA's membership comprises over 400 critics, curators, scholars, and art historians working throughout the United States.

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