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8/14/03

Asia Society will celebrate Persian heritage and culture this fall

The Asia Society (www.asiasociety.orgwill celebrate Persian heritage and culture this fall with exhibitions and a full slate of public programs in New York:

EXHIBITIONS

HUNT FOR PARADISE: COURT ARTS OF IRAN, 1501-1576

at Asia Society and Museum
725 Park Avenue (at 70th Street)
October 16, 2003 through January 18, 2004

A rare look at the Golden Age of the arts in Iran. The first two shahs of the Safavid dynasty, the charismatic Isma'il and his son Tahmasp, promoted a cultural flowering of extraordinary brilliance. Bringing together for the first time exquisite carpets and textiles, ceramics, stunning metalwork and illuminated manuscripts and bindings, the exhibition explores the complex interaction of royal patronage and religious faith that inspired this remarkable period of artistic creativity.

TOOBA: SHIRIN NESHAT

at Asia Society and Museum
725 Park Avenue (at 70th Street)
October 16, 2003 through February 15, 2004

Shirin Neshat's double-screened video projection, titled Tooba, is one of her most poetic and evocative works. She uses the garden (a recurring motif in Persian art) as a symbol for both a spiritual longing for paradise and a quest for political power. Her work binds politics with spirituality and history with modernity. Neshat's exhibition provides a current perspective on Iranian culture, an intriguing counterpoint to the Safavid court art in the exhibition Hunt for Paradise: Court Arts of Iran, 1501-1576. Neshat was born in Qazvin, Iran.

PERFORMANCE

SOHRAB AND RUSTUM

at Asia Society and Museum
725 Park Avenue (at 70th Street)
Friday-Saturday, November 7-8, 8:00 p.m.

The fateful battle between the warrior Rustum and his son Sohrab is a beloved legend from Zoroastrian mythology. Writer/performer Zaraawar Mistry's new play intertwines elements of the ancient legend with the tragicomic story of a contemporary Zoroastrian family in Bombay.

For tickets, call Box Office: (212) 517-ASIA

FILMS

STRANGERS
(Ramin Bahrani/2000/83 min./35 mm/video)

at Asia Society and Museum
725 Park Avenue (at 70th Street)
Friday, October 24, 7:00 p.m.

Fresh out of college in the U.S., Kaveh (Ramin Bahrani) travels to Iran for the first time in search of his late father's childhood home. On a winding mountain road, he hitches a ride with a young truck driver, Abdul, who serves as his guide, at first for money and then out of friendship. While learning about his family background, Kaveh discovers that his grandfather was murdered and becomes determined to unearth the tragic circumstances surrounding his death. This semi-autobiographical debut feature film recounts a journey of conflicts and juxtapositions that forces Kaveh deeper into the past and toward a sense of forgiveness and understanding with his new Iranian friend. A New York premiere. In Farsi with English subtitles. Director Ramin Bahrani discusses his screenplay and the making of the film. Courtesy of Noruz Films. Part of NYC Lit Fest 2003: Home, presented by Time Out New York.. Cosponsored by Asian CineVision

$5 students; $7 members; $10 nonmembers
For tickets, call Box Office: (212) 517-ASIA

MYSTIC IRAN, THE UNSEEN WORLD
(Aryana Farshad/2002/52 min./video)

at Asia Society and Museum
725 Park Avenue (at 70th Street)
Tuesday, November 4, 7:00 p.m.

This documentary chronicles a modern woman's mystical journey into the heart of her native country, Iran, as she searches for the spiritual rites and rituals hidden for centuries. Discussion with director Aryana Farshad follows. Cosponsored by Women in Film and Television International, New York Women in Film and Television, and New York Television Academy.

$5 students; $7 members; $10 nonmembers.
For tickets, call Box Office: (212) 517-ASIA

MARIA DE LOS ANGELES
(Shoja Azari/2003/54 min./video)

at Asia Society and Museum
725 Park Avenue (at 70th Street)
Friday, January 9, 7:00 p.m.

A behind-the-scenes making of Shirin Neshat's Tooba.

$5 students; $7 members; $10 nonmembers.
For tickets, call Box Office: (212) 517-ASIA

 

LECTURES AND DISCUSSIONS

IRANIAN ARTS THROUGH THE AGES

at Asia Society and Museum
725 Park Avenue (at 70th Street)

A three-part lecture survey of Iranian visual arts from the pre-Islamic period to the end of the 19th century, in conjunction with the exhibition Hunt for Paradise: Court Arts of Iran, 1501-1576.

$5 students; $7 members; $12 nonmembers

For tickets, call Box Office: (212) 517-ASIA

Lecture I: Court Arts of Pre-Islamic Iran
Prudence Harper
Wednesday, November 5, 12:00 p.m.

Lecture II: A Way to Look at Persian Paintings, 1300-1600
Oleg Grabar
Wednesday, November 12, 12:00 p.m.

Lecture III: Practice Makes Perfect: The Art of Calligraphy Exercises in Iran, 16th-19th Century
Maryam Ekhtiar
Wednesday, November 19, 12:00 p.m.

Panel: Ethnic and Religious Diversity in Iran, Past and Present

Moderated by Olga M. Davidson, with Mohammad J. Mahallati, Rudi Matthee, Houman Sarshar and Oktor Skjaervo. Cosponsored by ILEX Foundation
Wednesday, December 3, 6:30 p.m.

Panel: Contemporary Persian Culture and Creativity

Moderated by Layla Diba, with Sussan Deyhim, Azar Nafisi, Shirin Neshat and others.
Wednesday, January 14, 6:30 p.m.

 

ADDITIONAL EVENT

A Special Evening for the Iranian Community

Join this exclusive reception for the Iranian community with special tours of exhibitions Hunt for Paradise: Court Arts of Iran, 1501-1576 and TOOBA: Shirin Neshat.

Free admission
Tuesday, October 28, 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

 

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