Contemporary Iranian Art & the Historical Imagination

February 20, 2020 – April 1, 2020 all-day
UMass Dartmouth Campus Gallery
CVPA Building
UMass Dartmouth Main Campus, 285 Old Westport Rd. North Dartmouth
MA 02740
Viera Levitt
Contemporary Iranian Art & the Historical Imagination @ UMass Dartmouth Campus Gallery

This exhibition is organized in conjunction with Professor Pamela Karimi’s class, Art & Politics in the Middle East. The course examines the politics involved in (re)presenting, marketing, exhibiting and discussing contemporary Middle Eastern art. Students have the opportunity to examine the thematic frameworks that currently situate Middle Eastern art within the global discourse of art. In addition to readings and discussions, students are required to contribute to organizing an exhibition about contemporary Iranian art.

The Exhibition features high-quality artworks from the collections of Azita Bina, Elmar Seibel, Ars Libri Ltd., Gallery Kayafas as well as personal collections of several Iranian and Iranian-American artists. The exhibition sheds light on how contemporary Iranian artists engage with Iran’s ancient heritage, history, and politics. Despite having a tradition deeply rooted in complex historical narratives and aesthetic sensibilities, all the artists featured here reveal their own unique interpretations. While reflecting on history and politics, this exhibition also captures a long-lasting artistic lineage. Displayed in conjunction with historic manuscripts and images on loan from the private collection of Elmar Seibel and Ars Libri Ltd in Boston, this exhibition invites us to appreciate the extent to which contemporary Iranian artists build on their heritage to craft a unique artistic idiom.

Featured artists

Artemis Akchoti, Samira Alikhanzadeh, Amir Hossein Bayani, Gohar Dashti, Raoof Dashti, Sissi Farasat, Shadi Ghadirian, AmirAli Ghasemi, Hassan Hazer Moshar, Ghazaleh Hedayat, Rana javadi, Pantea Karimi, Mehran Mohajer, Azita Moradkhani, Hamed Noori, Siavash Naghshbandi, Mojtaba Tabatabaei
Organized in Conjunction with Pamela Karimi’s class: Art & Politics in the Middle East

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