Members: Art 101: In the Fields of Empty Days

6:30 pm | Mon, June 4, 2018
Bing Theater

In the Fields of Empty Days: The Intersection of Past and Present in Iranian Art is a groundbreaking exhibition of both historical and contemporary Iranian works that highlight ways in which artists have used and continue to use the past as a metaphor for the present day. This notion is revealed in art and literature in which ancient kings and heroes are used in later contexts as examples of virtue or as objects of derision, while long-gone Shi‘ite saints are evoked as champions of the poor and the oppressed. Particularly timely to American audiences is the exhibition’s exploration of how Iranian artists negotiate the politically charged issues of governance and faith in creating objects both novel and relevant.

Linda Komaroff, curator of Islamic Art and department head, Art of the Middle East, will provide a behind-the-scenes look at the exhibition as well as an introduction to Iranian art. 

Members are invited to visit the exhibition after the lecture. 

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Image: Kaveh Golestan, The Shah Left (detail), 1979, printed 2015, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, gift of the Estate of Kaveh Golestan, © Estate of Kaveh Golestan, digital image © Museum Associates/LACMA 

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