Drawing on the experiences of her latest trips to Tehran, curator Fereshteh Daftari will discuss contemporary Iranian art and the latest artistic developments in Iran
LOS ANGELES, CA, February 23, 2011 - Farhang Foundation and The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles (MOCA), announced today their joint presentation of New Iranian Art, a lecture on contemporary Iranian art and artistic developments in Iran by Dr. Fereshteh Daftari, will take place on Sunday, March 6, 2011, at 4pm at MOCA Grand Avenue's Ahmanson Auditorium.
"We are delighted to be co-presenting this fantastic lecture by renowned curator, Dr. Daftari, at MOCA," said Ali C. Razi, Chairman of Farhang Foundation. "Not only are we pleased to be supporting the work of Dr. Daftari, but we are thrilled by our partnership with an institution such as MOCA, renowned for its dedication to world-class art and scholarship."
Bita Fayyazi's performance held at the Aun Gallery in Tehran in January 2010.
Dr. Daftari's lecture, New Iranian Art, will explore contemporary Iranian art and the latest artistic developments in Iran, while drawing upon her ongoing research on the subject of Iranian modern and contemporary art and her recent trips to Tehran.
"Perception of a foreign culture is at times based on a detail of one out of many facets of that culture," states Dr. Daftari. "The Iranian reality is anchored in contradictions. Whatever you say about it, its opposite may also be true. Without claiming that one lecture can rectify ingrained misperceptions, the intention, however, is to provide an antidote to preconceived notions of a culture."
Dr. Daftari received her Ph.D. in art history from Columbia University in 1988. As a curator in the department of Painting and Sculpture at The Museum of Modern Art, where she worked from 1988 to 2009, Dr. Daftari organized a number of exhibitions with contemporary artists. Since 2009, she has written several essays on contemporary Iranian artists. A forthcoming exhibition at Asia Society in New York and a book on Iranian modern and contemporary art are among the various projects on which she is currently working.
Attendance to this lecture is FREE with RSVP. To RSVP, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more information, please visit www.moca.org or www.farhang.org.
About Fereshteh Daftari, Ph.D.
In 1988 Fereshteh Daftari received her Ph.D. in art history from Columbia University. Her dissertation, The Influence of Persian Art on Gauguin, Matisse and Kandinsky, was published by Garland in 1991. As a curator in the department of Painting and Sculpture at The Museum of Modern Art, where she worked from 1988 to 2009, she organized a number of exhibitions with contemporary artists such as Xu Bing, Paul McCarthy, Shahzia Sikander, Shirin Neshat, and Y.Z. Kami. Interested in global modernities and cross-cultural currents, she guest curated an exhibition of Iranian modern art at New York University's Grey Art Gallery (2002) and Without Boundary: Seventeen Ways of Looking at The Museum of Modern Art (2006). Her publications include Another Modernism: An Iranian Perspective (2002); Beyond Islamic Roots -Beyond Modernism in RES (Spring 2002), and Islamic or Not in Without Boundary (2006). Since 2009, she has written several essays on contemporary Iranian artists such as Ali Banisadr (Thaddaeus Ropac Gallery, Paris), Mahmoud Bakhshi Moakhar (Saatchi Gallery, London), and Shiva Ahmadi (forthcoming CANVAS magazine). A forthcoming exhibition at Asia Society in New York and a book on Iranian modern and contemporary art are among the various projects she is currently working on.
About The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles (MOCA)
Founded in 1979, MOCA's mission is to be the defining museum of contemporary art. The institution has achieved astonishing growth in its brief history-with three Los Angeles locations of architectural renown; more than 14,500 members; a world-class permanent collection of nearly 6,000 works international in scope and among the finest in the nation; hallmark education programs that are widely emulated; award-winning publications that present original scholarship; and groundbreaking monographic, touring, and thematic exhibitions of international repute that survey the art of our time. MOCA is a private not-for-profit institution supported by its members, corporate and foundation support, government grants, and admission and retail revenues. For 24-hour information on current exhibitions, education programs, and special events, call 213/626-6222 or visit MOCA online atwww.moca.org.
About Farhang Foundation
Farhang Foundation is a non-religious, non-political and not-for-profit foundation established in 2008 to celebrate and promote Iranian art, culture and heritage for the benefit of the community at large. The foundation supports academic activities in Southern California by funding university programs, publications and conferences. The foundation also supports cultural programs such as celebration of Nowruz and Mehregan, theater, dance performances, films screenings and poetry reading in Southern California. Farhang Foundation, in cooperation with various cultural and academic institutions plans major programs and exhibitions about Iran and its culture. For more info visit www.farhang.org.
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