The sculptural work of Diana Al-Hadid often refers to boundaries as a way to challenge preconceived notions of how one defines and experiences space. Drawing from an array of art-historical and scientific references, Al-Hadid’s work treads carefully between the imagined and the real, to address the tension between interior and exterior, belonging and alienation, the ruin and the yet-to-be-completed.

The centerpiece of Diana Al-Hadid: Delirious Matter at the Bronx Museum will be the monumental sculpture Nolli’s Orders (2012), which references Giambattista Nolli’s landmark 1748 map of Rome, the first of its kind to show the public spaces of the city. In it, publically accessible buildings are shown as transparent; private structures are rendered as solid. In Nolli’s Orders, Al-Hadid used the same lexicon of voids and solids, transparency and opaqueness, to convey public and private spaces, figure and ground.

Diana Al-Hadid: Delirious Matter will be shown concurrently with a special commission by the Madison Square Park Conservancy of new sculptural works by Al-Hadid, and it will feature additional works and primary source materials, including a reprinted folio of Nolli’s map and works on paper by old masters from the Metropolitan Museum collection.


Syrian-born and Brooklyn-based Diana Al-Hadid (b. 1981) is known for a practice that spans media and scale, and examines and illustrates perspective through themes of architecture, history as well as narrative. Al-Hadid’s rich, formal allusions cross cultures and disciplines, drawing inspiration from myriad sources including ancient invention, science, myth and Old Master works.

She is currently the subject of two solo exhibitions including her first large scale public installation in Madison Square Park, New York, NY and a survey of sculptures and works on Mylar from the past decade at The Bronx Museum of the Arts, Bronx, NY. Al-Hadid recently received a site-specific public art commission by Metropolitan Transportation Authority Arts & Design for a subway station in Midtown Manhattan, New York, NY. Her work was recently acquired by the San José Museum of Art, San José, CA; and is held in the public collections of the Decordova Museum and Sculpture Park, Lincoln, MA; the Museum of Fine Art, Houston, TX; the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY; and the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Richmond, VA among others. Her work has been the subject of solo exhibitions at the Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, CA; Nasher Sculpture Center, Dallas, TX; Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Richmond, VA; NYUAD Art Gallery, Abu Dhabi; Newcomb Art Museum at Tulane University, New Orleans, LA; Jaffe-Friede Gallery at Dartmouth College, Hanover, NH; Mills College Art Museum, Oakland, CA; and the San Jose Museum of Art, San Jose, among others. She received a BFA in Sculpture and a BA in Art History from Kent State University (2003), an MFA in sculpture from Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond (2005), and attended the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, Skowhegan, Maine (2007).


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