New York

New York

“Iran Modern”

Asia Society and Museum
725 Park Avenue
September 6, 2013–January 5, 2014

Curated by Fereshteh Daftari and Layla S. Diba

Comprising more than one hundred artworks—paintings, sculptures, works on paper, and photographs—made by twenty-six artists, “Iran Modern” will be the first significant exhibition in the US to engage Iran’s modern art traditions. Focusing on the 1950s through the ’70s—that is, before the massive political and cultural realignments precipitated by the 1979 Islamic Revolution and during a time when Iranian artists were linked to international networks—the Asia Society’s show (and accompanying catalogue) will establish a trajectory that recognizes a globally interdependent history, attempting to rescue artists such as Parviz Tanavoli and Charles Hossein Zenderoudi from persistent prejudice and simplifications that characterize them as either “modern traditionalists” or as imitators of a canonical modernism. Above all, one hopes that this exhibition will be a productive step forward in a larger project of archival recovery, so that the complete history of this period in Iran can someday be written.