at the Skirball CenterAcclaimed Persian singer MahsaVahdat and American soul/blues master Mighty Sam McClain come together for an achingly beautiful project blending American blues with Persian music. This one-of-a-kind collaboration showcases duets that gracefully intertwine English and Farsi lyrics. Presented as the first in the Skirball’s new concert series, Journeys and Encounters, presenting surprising collaborations between musicians of diverse genres.
Advance tickets recommended: Available on site at the Skirball, online at www.skirball.org, or by phone at (877) SCC-4TIX or (877) 722-4849.
Iranian Cultural Week
Starting October 29, Iranian Cultural Week, organized by The Culture Institute Embassy of The Islamic Republic of Iran in collaboration University PontificiaSalesiana.
On display in the exhibits are works by Calligraphy artistSeyed Mohammad Sadat Kiaye, and films byHomayounAsaddian, AsgharFarhadi, and Hamid Jebelli.
The exhibit runs until November 2.
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MACBA Presents Seep
TheMuseud’ArtContemporani de Barcelona, presents Seep, the first solo exhibition in Spain by the Iranian artists NasrinTabatabai and Babak Afrassiabi. Illustrating the Museum’s interest in contemporary art from North Africa and the Middle East, the show explores the introduction of modernity to Iran, from the British intervention and the industrialisation of oil extraction to the Islamic Revolution of 1979. Presented for the first time, the installation includes two video projections and a series of objects and images inspired, for the most part, by archival materials kept at two institutions: the archives of British Petroleum (BP) and the western art collection of Teheran Museum of Contemporary Art (TMOCA).
Seep was produced by the MACBA Foundation in cooperation with the Delfina Foundation and the Chisenhale Gallery (where the work will be exhibited in spring 2013).
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Iranian Music Ensemble Honored at Music Expo
Iranian music ensemble Morvarid-e-Lian, led by Mohsen Sharifian, has been honored at the 2012 World Music Expo, WOMEX, held in the Greek capital, Athens.
The ensemble has received the Honorary Diploma of Greece Nations’ Friendship Association.
The group usually performs pieces inspired by the works of great Persian poets such as Ferdowsi, Khayyam and Mowlavi. They also introduce the religious music of Bushehr, which is a trance ceremony that uses drumming and dancing.
The ensemble has held concerts on the sidelines of the 2006 World Cup in Germany, the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games, and the 2010 World Expo in China.
Monaco Iranian Exhibit
Sem-Art Gallery current The Other Half of Iran is the first ever female-only showcase of Iranian art in France.
Eight artists, all born and still working in Iran, are on show. Each one dealing with the question: ‘What has been the role of women in Iranian society over the past 50 years?’
Although Sem-Art denies there is a political backbone to their exhibition, it is difficult to overlook the controversy of putting the words “Iran”, “women” and “art” in the same sentence. Yet the gallery urges visitors to look beyond preconceived assumptions.
The exhibition on its purely artistic merit is a vigorous blend of art styles (calligraphy, painting, sculpture), and a rare assemblage of emerging and established artists. The latter in no way breaks the continuity of the exhibition.
Artists include ShirinAliabadi, Samira Alikhanzadeh, MehranehAtashi, MonirShahroudyFarmanfarmaian,GolnazFathi, ShadiGhadirian, MahsaKarimizadeh, andBitaVakili.
The exhibition runs until 20 December 2012.
Gallery Iran Exhibit
Three new international exhibitions are set to open at the Contemporary Art Gallery. The exhibits—Class Reunion by NairyBaghramian, The Last Few Mosquitos by Xu Zhen, and Children’s Films presented by Gareth Moore with Ulla Von Brandenburg, KerenCytter, Geoffrey Farmer, Julia Feyrer, Harrell Fletcher, Mike Marshall, and Sylvain Sailly will continue at the gallery until November 11.
Class Reunion will mark the first solo show in North American for Iranian artist Baghramian. The exhibition includes an 18-piece sculpture made from colored cast rubber, painted metal, and colored epoxy resin. Class Reunion comments on materiality, manufacture, and display while examining social and political relationships.
The CAG is open Tuesdays to Sundays from 12 to 6 p.m. Admission to the gallery is free, with a suggested donation of $5.