Reza Abdoh: Theatre Visionary
This documentary builds a vivid portrait of Iranian-American theater director Reza Abdoh through archival footage and recent interviews. The film also features the artist’s family, evoking a childhood deeply altered by the history of Abdoh’s native Iran and an adult creative life in America. Presented at Lightbox Film Center.
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Shirin Aliabadi, Iranian Artist With a Focus on Women, Dies at 45
Her work depicted young women negotiating their modern, slightly rebellious impulses within the strictures of the Islamic Republic.
An Evening with Monira Al Qadiri
Film. October 15. In this evening of film and conversation, Monira Al Qadiri presents a program of moving-image works centered on transnational narratives emanating from the Persian Gulf. A Kuwaiti artist born in Senegal and educated in Japan, Al Qadiri adopts a range of imaginative strategies to explore histories both personal and political. Arab soap operas, Gulf War–era images of burning Kuwaiti oil fields, traditional elegiac songs, and science fiction all figure in her astutely shape-shifting work, which foregrounds networks of capital and labor. Dark humor and melancholy alternatively drive the artist’s speculative, uncanny scenarios, which simultaneously look back at and probe possible futures for petrocultures and global political networks. This evening brings together works made…
Siah Armajani: Follow This Line
Siah Armajani: Follow This Line is the first comprehensive US retrospective devoted to the work of Minneapolis-based artist Siah Armajani. Born in Tehran in 1939, Armajani moved to Minnesota in 1960 to attend Macalester College in St. Paul. He has lived and worked in the Twin Cities ever since, while exhibiting internationally.
New Work: Etel Adnan
September 1, 2018–January 6, 2019