Take a close look at Untitled (pictured) by Ahmed Alsoudani, a celebrated artist whose recent work was featured prominently in Venice, Italy, and ask yourself: what does this have to do with being an Iraqi-born American? Well, everything. Alsoudani was still in Iraq for the Iran-Iraq War of the '80s and the U.S.-Iraq Gulf War in the early '90s. He split in 1999 to study art in Portland, Maine, only to experience ramped up xenophobia in the wake of 9/11. His most recent works, which will hang in the Wadsworth until Jan. 6, allow glimpses into Alsoudani's jumbled-up memories and psychological baggage.
Ahmed Alsoudani / MATRIX 165
Sept. 6-Jan. 6, Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art, 600 Main St., Hartford, (860) 888-9514, wadsworthatheneum.org