Mana Mass Conversation with
James Clar, Deana Haggag, and Sara Raza

Monday, November 12, 2018
Warhol Gallery

The event will also be livestreamed and available to watch on

Mana Mass Conversation with James Clar,
Deana Haggag, and Sara Raza


As the status of independent artists and other creative workers come under threat from the current administration, Mass launches a series of community conversations with a discussion between Chicago-based president and CEO of United States Artists, Deana Haggag, Mana Contemporary resident artist James Clar, and international curator and writer Sara Raza.

Mana Mass
Mana Mass is a membership-based career development platform for artists and art professionals. Rooted in the power of shared information and resources, it is a powerful network of advocacy and support with Mana Contemporary as its base. Find out more and sign up at

Deana Haggag
Chicago-based Deana Haggag is the President and CEO of United States Artists, a national arts funding organization based in Chicago. For four years prior to joining USA, in February 2017, Haggag was Executive Director of The Contemporary, a nomadic, non-collecting art museum in Baltimore. Deana also lectures extensively, consults on art initiatives, contributes to cultural publications, and has taught at institutions such as Johns Hopkins University and Towson University. She is on the Board of Trustees of the Detroit Institute of Arts, Maryland Institute College of Art, and Common Field, and on the Advisory Council of Recess. She received an MFA in curatorial practice from the Maryland Institute College of Art and a BA in art history and philosophy from Rutgers University. Haggag is a first-generation Egyptian American Muslim woman of Afro-Arab descent.

James Clar
James Clar studied film and animation at New York University and received his masters degree from NYU’s Interactive Telecommunications Program. He has maintained studio practices in New York, Tokyo, and Dubai, producing works ranging from small sculptures to architectural installations. Interested in light and media, he explores the conceptual and narrative potential of technology systems.

Sara Raza
Sara Raza was the Guggenheim UBS MAP Curator for the Middle East and North Africa, and recently organized the traveling exhibition But a Storm Is Blowing from Paradise: Contemporary Art of the Middle East and North Africa. Formerly, she was Curator of the Maraya Art Centre in Sharjah, United Arab Emirates. Further information is available on Raza's website,

Photos (from left): Deana Haggag, James Clar, and Sara Raza. Photos: Courtesy of the speakers