Join International Arts & Artists (IA&A) for "Art in Context: Iran", a discussion on Iranian and Iranian-American culture, identity, and the broader conditions impacting creative work and partnerships. Panelists include Bahar Jalehmahmoudi, an Iranian-American artist who works as an installation artist and sculptor, and Shahrooz Shekaraubi, Founder and President of the Aftab Committee.
Join Aftab and Hillyer Art Space for a night of Contemporary Persian Tradtional music with Kamyar Arsani. Tickets $20. Kamyar Arsani Live is a fundraiser concert for "URBAN MAPPING: PUBLIC SPACE THROUGH THE LENS OF CONTEMPORARY IRANIAN ARTISTS" curated by Gohar Dashti at Hillyer Art Space.
Join NYU Washington, DC and the Aftab Committee in welcoming Lindsay Allen for a dialogue on comparative case studies of the global diaspora of fragmentary stone sculptures from Takht-i Jamshid / Persepolis in Iran, built between the late sixth and fourth centuries BCE, and a UNESCO world heritage site since 1978.
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In this workshop students work with pencil and charcoal, learning to use line, value, gesture, and perspective. Participants also work to develop the ability to see as artists. The class works with a variety of subjects including still life and landscape. Materials will be provided.
This class is instructed by Aftab-affiliated artist Maryam Rassapour. To learn more about this artist, visit http://www.maryamrassapour.com/.
The New York-based The Suitors represented the directorial debut of Iranian Ghasem Ebrahiman. Though they're living in the Big Apple, a group of Iranians cling on to their old, traditional ways. One of their traditions requires the slaughtering of a sheep. This they try to do in the confines of their apartment. Their neighbors assume that the knife-wielding Iranians are terrorists-and in a twinkling, the SWAT teams come roaring into the vicinity.
Together the Winter Film Awards and Aftab Committee present Film, Identity and Space: Indie Iranian Films, a panel discussion moderated by Lila Nazemian with panelists, Rodin Hamidi, Shoja Azari, and Ghasem Ebrahimian.
In this discussion we hear about the experiences of Iranian-American filmmakers and their thoughts on indie Iranian films. The panel will be proceeded by a screening of three short films from Iran; Meeting with the Leaf by Fazlollah Tari, Live with Me by Amirhossein Kotobzadeh and Dancing in Water by Zahra Jafari.
Hosted by Aftab Committee for Iranian-American Artists
3 Short Film Screenings + Exhibit by Fazlollah Tari. Click For More Info!
Join the Aftab Committee and the Persian Program at George Washington University for a panel discussion on the intersection of identity, art and the Iranian-American community's role in America's future.
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Special Thanks to Bahman Maghsoudlou for his support of Aftab!
Ardeshir Mohasses (1938-2008) was Iran's foremost political cartoonist, satirist, painter and illustrator. Drawing upon his intimate knowledge of Iran's culture, history, and sociopolitical situation, Ardeshir attracted the attention not only of the intellectuals, poets and writers of Iran of the time but also the international community. Filmmaker Bahman Maghsoudlou seeks to portray the beauty of Ardeshir's purpose and power in crafting his art to convey the plight of the oppressed, and his universal sense of justice and tyranny, expressed through a satirical visual history of Iran since the Qajar era. Interviews with prominent critics and friends are arranged to depict the nuances of Ardeshir's life: his time and career in Iran, his art and passion later in the United States, sources of his brilliant inspiration, his private reclusive moments, and his progressive political and social outlook. Ardeshir's various artistic endeavors are comprehensively covered, and viewers will see samples of his political cartoons, visual commentaries, and works for the New York Times along with his avant-garde style. This feature documentary admiringly displays the depth of Ardeshir's observations and his extraordinary free spirit.
Writer/Director/Producer: Bahman Maghsoudlou
Editor: Ghasem Ebrahimian, Tiffany Peckosh
Camera: Steven Gladstone, Pierre Khoobyar, Mary Latvis, Bahman Maghsoudlou, Mahdi H Nejad, Mahmoud Oskoui, Erik Shirai, Manouchehr Tabari
Still: Reza Deghati
Poster: Massoud Mansouri
With: Reza Baraheni, Ramsey Clark, Mohammad Ali Dowlatshahi, Esmail Khoi, Behrooz Moazami, Javad Mojabi, Nicky Nodjoumi, Shirin Neshat, Nasser Pakdaman, Bahram Rahmani, Majid Roshangar, Peter Scarlet, Abbas Towfigh, Ehsan Yarshater
Executive Producer: Bijan Maghsoudlou, Behzad Maghsoudlou, Bahman Maghsoudlou, Ardeshir Mohasses Trust
Iran/USA, Color & B/W, 60 Minutes, 2012
An IFVC Production
Ardeshir: The Rebellious Artist
When Ardeshir Mohasses began his second extended visit to the city of New York in 1976, leaving behind his homeland of Iran, he believed it was a temporary displacement. But when the Islamic Revolution broke out in 1978, Ardeshir realized he would not be going back to the land of his birth, possibly for the rest of his life. This belief proved to be true. The society that he had alternately loved and lampooned had finally reached a breaking point, and whether the new ruling powers turned out to be better or worse than those that had come before them, he realized he could no longer continue trying to find a place to create his art safely within that world.
Ardeshir had been drawing since as early as the age of three. Ardeshir had decided to study law and political science. But rather than put him on a different professional path, these studies instead ultimately contributed to his overall aesthetic. He had already enjoyed some commercial success as an artist, drawing caricatures of public figures and humorous cartoons about daily life for a magazine that specialized in such things. Gradually, as his style became somewhat less baroque, his subject matter, while never losing his satirical touch, became deeper and more grounded in Iranian history, its ties to current events presented in a more subtle manner. Having been influenced by a number of western artists in regard to his style, he was also influenced by them to begin collecting his work in book form. This enabled him to gain an international prominence by the end of the '60s and very early '70s unlike that of any other Persian artist before him.
In 1972, Ardeshir's friend Bahman Maghsoudlou, who, as editor-in-chief of Setare Cinema (Monthly Movie Star) and a series of books about cinema and theater called Vijeye Cinema & Theater, had included Ardeshir's work among that of the many intellectuals who contributed to those publications, decided to make a short film about the artist. Shot in a single day and aired on National Iranian television, Ardeshir Mohasses & His Caricatures became the one and only film ever made about this seminal Iranian artist. Mr. Maghsoudlou had long desired to expand the film, feeling there was so much more that could and should be said, and in 2008, inspired by the Mohasses exhibition held at the Asia Society in New York that year, he finally set out to do so. Regrettably, Ardeshir himself died in October 2008 at his home in New York City – meaning the original film would continue to stand as the only one in which the artist ever participated – but Maghsoudlou did not let this deter him from putting together an appropriate tribute to his friend, one of the most important artists ever to come out of Iran, and perhaps out of that entire part of the world.
مَلِک با آگاهی از خیانت همسرش به تمامی زنهای شهر بدگمان شده، هرشب دختری باکره را به دربار آورده و پس از کام گرفتن، سپیده دمان او را به کام مرگ میفرستد.
«هزار و یک شب» سرگذشت آخرین زن بازمانده شهر است که به سبب آگاهی اش با استفاده از شگردهای قصه گویی و به کار بستن سلاح تعلیق و انتظار از مرگ رهایی می یابد . حکایات تنها از برای رهایی از مرگ راوی بازگو نمی شود، بلکه راوی دست به چیدمان منطقی روایتی میزند که حکم دارو داشته و بعد از سه سال منجر به درمان ملک خونخوار میشود.
این اثر علارغم حکایات گوناگون، افسانه ها، تاریخ و اساطیر، تکرار یک قصه و مضمون یکسان است. شخصیت های اصلی همه حکایات را شهرباز و شهرزاد ایفا میکنند تا به شکلی تمثیلی و رمزآلود گره کور راز شاه را باز کنند، زهر انتقام را از دل شهریار بیرون کشند و تعادل را به شهر بازگردانند.
Join NYU Washington, DC, Aftab Committee, and NIAC in welcoming Iranian muralist, Mehdi Ghadyanloo, in conversation with Andy Shallal, Iraqi-American activist and owner of Busboys and Poets.
The NYU Washington, DC Salon Series: Conversations with Writers & Artists offers an opportunity for the NYU and Washington, DC community to meet and engage in dialogue with acclaimed writers and artists as they reflect on their craft. This program provides facilitated conversations that aim to illuminate the guests’ creative processes, discuss their current works, and explain the impact of their work on the world around us.
About Mehdi Ghadyanloo
Mehdi Ghadyanloo is a visual artist from Tehran, Iran. Born in Karaj, Iran in 1981, Ghadyanloo worked as a farmer before moving to Tehran in 1999 to study Painting at the University of Tehran's faculty of Fine Arts. After studying painting for three years, Ghadyanloo went on to study for an MA in Animation at Tarbiat Modares University.