Iran Modern

Iran Modern

Asia Society Museum

Monir Shahroudy Farmanfarmaian, Untitled, 1977. Mirror, reverse-glass painting and plaster on wood, 41 1/2 x 41 1/2 inches. Collection of Zahra Farmanfarmaian. Photo: Joshua Sage.

September 4, 2013

Iran Modern
September 6, 2013–January 5, 2014

AsiaSociety Museum
725 Park Avenue (at 70th Street)
New York, NY 10021

The three decades prior to the 1979 Revolution saw increased international recognition of Iranian artists that included their participation in the Venice Biennale and other art festivals. Comprising more than 100 artworks, Iran Modern is the first international loan exhibition to chronicle the vibrant period of Iran’s formative and pluralist modern art.

Exhibition curators: Fereshteh Daftari and Layla S. Diba

An illustrated catalogue published by Asia Society Museum accompanies the exhibition. 

Iran Modern will be on view September 6, 2013 to January 5, 2014.

Iran Modern programs 

For a comprehensive list, visit

Mohsen Namjoo
Saturday, September 7, 8pm

“Underground Music in Iran with Mohsen Namjoo”
Thursday, September 12, 6:30pm

“The Shiraz Arts Festival: A Global Vision Revisited”
Saturday, October 5, 10am–5pm 

Art talk
“Iran’s Art World: 1960s–1970s”
Tuesday, October 22, 6:30pm

“Iran: Art and Discourse”
Saturday, October 26, 10am–6pm 
Copresented by Asia Society and the Center for Global Communication Studies, Annenberg School for Communication, University of Pennsylvania

Meet the Author
Goli Taraghi: The Pomegranate Lady and Her Sons
Monday, October 28, 6:30pm

Film series
“Iran 1960s–1970s”
November 2013

Kayhan Kalhor with Ali Bahrami Fard
Saturday, November 16, 8pm

Sound: The Encounter, New Music from Iran and Syria
Copresented with the Aga Khan Music Initiative 
Saturday, December 7, 8pm

All programs subject to change. 
For more information visit our website.

Major support for Iran Modern comes from The Julis Family Contemporary Art Initiative.

Additional support has been provided by National Endowment for the Arts; UAS Asset Management; Rockefeller Fellows for Arts, Culture, and Policy; American Institute of Iranian Studies;Stéphan Crétier and Stéphany Maillery;The Soudavar Memorial Foundation; and Dedalus Foundation, Inc.  

Asia Society appreciates the support for Iran Modern provided by The Iran Modern Leadership Committee: Simin and Herb Allison, and Minoo and Faraj Saghri, Co-chairs; and Leadership Committee members: Mahshid and Jamshid Ehsani, Maryam Eisler, Hart and Nancy Fessenden, Roya and Massoud Heidari, Vahid and Mahshid Noshirvani, and Kambiz and Nazgol Shahbazi. 

Support for programs held in conjunction with Iran Modern is provided by the Doris Duke Foundation for Islamic Art, as part of Asia Society’s ongoing initiative Creative Voices of Muslim Asia. Additional support for Iran Modern programming is provided by the Robert Sterling Clark Foundation, the American Institute of Iranian Studies, and W.L.S. Spencer Foundation.


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