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Perpetuation of Myth: An Exhibition by Iranian-American Artists

The Museums of Los Gatos presents Perpetuation of Myth a new exhibition at The Art Museum of Los Gatos at 4 Tait Avenue, Los Gatos, California. Perpetuation of Myth, curated by Nazanin Hedayat Munroe is on view March 7 - April 14, 2013.

”Coelestis (After Hafez)” - by Ala Ebtekar, 2012

Middle Eastern visual culture is still a mystery to most Western viewers, who expect to see overtly political statements or religious sentiments. Shattering these expectations, Perpetuation of Myth showcases the work of four Iranian-American artists with roots in the Bay Area whose works contemplate history, poetry and the cross-cultural issues of identity.

"Prince and Dervish" - by Nazanin Hedayat Munroe

Beyond a shared cultural heritage, these artists all employ a personal or cultural mythology as an integral thread that winds its way through their work and their lives, working beyond the assumptions that falsely perpetuate myths about their culture and themselves. Artists Seyed Alavi, Ala Ebtekar, Mitra Fabian and Nazanin Hedayat Munroe present works ranging in media from painting and drawing to mixed media sculpture and textile installation.

" Frames of Reference" - by Seyed Alavi, 2007

The exhibition will feature an installation honoring the Persian New Year, coinciding with the spring equinox every year, and a children’s art area with Persian designs for coloring and display. A live music performance will take place at the opening reception on March 7th. The Museum will host a film screening and panel discussion on March 10th with the Jewish Community Center to foster intercultural understanding. The selected film is titled Arranged and centers on the friendship between a Muslim woman and an Orthodox Jewish woman living in Brooklyn, working as teachers. The film will be screened at the Jewish Community Centers in Los Gatos.

" Antistatic" - by Mitra Fabian

Public programs during the exhibition include:

  • Wednesday, March 6, 2013, 10:00am-12:00pm - Media Breakfast and Docent Tour.
  • Thursday, March 7, 2013, 6:00-8:00pm - Opening Reception
  • Saturday, March 9, 2013, 1:00-3:00pm - Curatorial Lecture and Walk Through
  • Sunday, March 10, 2013, 12:00-3:00pm - Film Screening at the Jewish Community Center (JCC), 14855 Oka Road, Los Gatos
  • Thursday, March 14, 2013, 6:00-8:00pm - art:inFOCUS Lecture Series, “Islamic Art, an Introduction: Art, Architecture, Faiths and Legends” Johanna Movassat, PhD.
  • Sunday, March 24, 2013, 12:00-3:00pm - Family Art Day/Artist Demo Day with Mitra Fabian

*Public programs are presented at The Art Museum of Los Gatos, 4 Tait Avenue, unless otherwise noted.

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About The Museums of Los Gatos
The Museums of Los Gatos is a non-profit organization supported by memberships, sponsorships, donations and the Town of Los Gatos. The Museums’ mission is to harness the power of art and history to enrich life. It aims to inspire and engage the region with innovative educational cultural experiences. Annual memberships begin at $35.

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