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Conference: The Life and Art of Ardeshir Mohassess: October 8-10

CONFERENCE (October 9-10) & ART EXHIBITION (October 8-10)

October 9, 2010 will mark the second anniversary of the death of Ardeshir Mohassess (1938-2008), one of the greatest and most influential artists of contemporary Iran. To commemorate his life and legacy, there will be a two-day conference at New York University, "Mohassess, Art, Politics and Beyond" (October 9-10) with a three-day exhibition of a selection of his late works (October 8-10).

The Conference explores the artistic achievements of Mohassess and celebrates his unswerving lifelong devotion to illustrative art, as well as his deep and unflinching concern for freedom and justice. The innovative style of the artist and his impact as a forthright social and political commentator on Iranian culture will be discussed by different panelists and from different perspectives and disciplines.  

Saturday, October 9: 10 A.M.

Conference Co-Chairs: Dr. Ehsan Yarshater (Columbia University); and Dr. Ali Mirsepassi (New York University). 

Panel I: Mohassess through a Historical Perspective

Dr. Ulrich Marzolph (Akademie der Wissenschaften, Gottingen); Dr. Nahid Mozaffari (NYU); Dr. Dagmar A Riedel (Columbia). 

Panel II: Mohassess: His Art and Legacy 

Dr. Reza Baraheni (writer and scholar; Canada); Nicky Nodjoumi (artist; New York), Shahriyar Mandanipur (writer; Boston); Shirin Neshat (artist; New York).  

Panel III: Mohassess in Exile: (artist, intellectual and friend)

Houra Yavari (Columbia); Dr. Firoz Nodjomi (Nassau Community College); Dr. Hadi Hazavei (artist and scholar; New York); Dr. Behrooz Moazami (Loyola University New Orleans).


Documentary: "Ardeshir, An Artist by Nature" 

Preview of Dr. Bahman Maghsoodloo's recently updated documentary on Ardeshir Mohassess; preceded by a short introductory talk. 

Sunday, October 10 (11 A.M.)

Panel IV: Mohassess: The Artist as Satirist and Social and Political Commentator 

Dr. Abbas Amanat (Yale); Dr. Peter J. Chelkowski (NYU); Majid Roushangar (California; writer and editor).


The Ardeshir Mohassess Trust: Report and Discussion of Future Plans

Behrooz Moazami and Nicky Nodjoumi; ("Friends of Ardeshir") 


Exhibition: Mohasses: A Selection of Late Works 

There will be an Opening Reception on Friday the 8th of October from 6-8 PM, with introductory remarks by Shirin Neshat and Nicky Nodjoumi. The reception is open to the public and all are welcomed.

Curators:  "Friends of Ardeshir" 


The Conference and the exhibition are open to the public, free of charge.


The Conference and the Exhibition will take place in Gallatin Galleries:
Address: 1 WASHINGTON Place, New York, NY 10003.  

For further information please contact: Nicky Nodjoumi or

The Conference is organized by "Friends of Ardeshir"

Sponsored by the Iranian Studies Initiative (ISI-NYU)

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