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Iran: Art and Discourse

October 26, 2013
10:00AM - 06:00PM

Asia Society
725 Park Avenue
New York City,

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Categories: Conference/Symposium



 10:00- 11:30 am      Welcome and Introductory Remarks

Melissa Chiu, Director of Asia Society; Monroe Price, Director of Center for Global Communication, University of Pennsylvania; and Sandra Skurvida, Symposium Convener

Keynote: Hamid Keshmirshekan (Oxford University), Art Practice and Dissemination in Contemporary Iran: Discourses and Mechanisms


11:30 am – 1:00 pm      Panel on the Discursive Text:

Shiva Balaghi (Brown University), Exhibiting the West in Iran and Iran in the West

Babak Elahi (Rochester Institute of Technology), The Critic as Activist: Cultural Commentary in Iran’s Digital Transnational Aesthetic Sphere

Sohrab Mahdavi (Tehran Avenue), Artistic Statement: An Instrument to Get Closer or Become Ethereal

1:00- 2:00 Lunch break

2:00 – 3:30 pm     Panel on the Curatorial:

Fereshteh Daftari (Independent Curator, NYC, co-curator of Iran Modern), Introducing Modern and Contemporary Art by Iranian Artists: A Curatorial Perspective

Azar Mahmoudian (Independent Curator, Tehran), Politics of Display: Reflections on International Exhibitions of Iranian Art

Anna Vanzan (University of Milan), Posht-e Pardeh, Behind the Painting: Women Gallerists in Contemporary Iran


4:00 – 6:00 pm     Panel on Art Praxis:

Roxanne Varzi (University of California, Irvine), Facing the Future: The Artistic and Diasporic Afterlife of the Iran-Iraq War

Slavs and TatarsThe Transliterative Tease 

Sohrab Kashani (Artist and Producer, Tehran), Alternative(s) in Tehran: Art Space and Practices 

Endnote: Hamid Dabashi (Columbia University)

6:00 – 7:00 pm Reception at Lion Court, Asia Society

To rsvp, please email ahighbloom@asc.upenn.edu.