Author Nina Ansary and artist Shirin Neshat discuss women in Iran, in general, and Neshat and her work in particular. Their conversation will be followed by a book signing with Ansary, whose book, Jewels of Allah, challenges the often misunderstood story of women in Iran today by highlighting female leaders and activists throughout Iran's history and illuminating the unanticipated consequences of the Islamic Revolution and the trajectory of Iran’s feminist movement.
In recent years, the parameters of Islamic art have expanded to include contemporary works by artists from or with roots in the Middle East. Drawing inspiration from their own cultural traditions, these artists use techniques and incorporate imagery and ideas from earlier periods. LACMA has only recently begun to acquire such work within the context of its holdings of Islamic art, understanding that the ultimate success and relevance of this collection lies in building creative links between the past, present, and future. Islamic Art Now marks the first major installation of LACMA’s collection of contemporary art of the Middle East.
As the first of a two-part program, this exhibition features approximately 25 works by artists from Iran and the Arab world, such as Shirin Neshat, Susan Hefuna, Lalla Essaydi, Mitra Tabrizian, Mona Hatoum, Hassan Hajjaj, Wafaa Bilal, Barbad Golshiri, and Youssef Nabil, among others.
Susan Hefuna, Woman Behind Mashrabiya I, 1997, Purchased with funds provided by Ann Colgin and Joe Wender, Kelvin Davis, John and Carolyn Diemer, Andy Gordon and Carlo Brandon, Deborah McLeod, and David and Mary Solomon through the 2013 Collectors Committee, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, M.2013.125
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