Curator and scholar Fereshteh Daftari will offer an overview of key issues treated in her recent publication, Persia Reframed: Iranian Visions of Modern and Contemporary Art. While touching on certain concepts such as modernism in the context of a non-Western culture, the focus will be on the chapters focusing on contemporary art. These include exhibitions Daftari has curated on an international scale, from the Museum of Modern Art in New York to the Aga Khan Museum in Toronto.
She received her Ph.D. in art history from Columbia University (1988). "Without Boundary: Seventeen Ways of Looking" (2006) was among a number of exhibitions she curated during her tenure at the Museum of Modern Art (1988-2009). As an independent curator and scholar she has continued writing and curating exhibitions of Middle Eastern art, with a focus on the modern and contemporary art of Iran.
Part of the Stanford Festival of Iranian Arts
IMAGE: photograph © Thomas R. DuBrockFrom left to right:Timo Nasseri, Parsec #15, 2009; Ali Banisadr, We Haven't Landed on Earth Yet, 2012. Mohammed Afkhami Foundation. Installation view of the exhibition Rebel, Jester, Mystic, Poet: Contemporary Persians, 1 July-24 September 2017. Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Texas