June 2007 - Pacific Asia Museum has announced a full schedule of public programs in conjunction with the summer exhibition Persian Visions: Contemporary Photography from Iran. From June 22 through September 9, the exhibition will provide a rare, revealing view of Iranian life with more than 60 photographs by renowned Iranian photographers. The museum’s public programs this summer will allow visitors to develop a deeper appreciation of Persian culture through film screenings in the museum courtyard, lectures by authors and academics, a Persian dance performance, and a weekend display of photography depicting and created by the Persian community in Southern California.
Anita Amirrezvani’s The Blood of Flowers opens with a comet streaking across the sky, presaging a year of calamity. This magically told tale captures the life and culture of 17th century Persia from a young woman’s perspective.
Saturday, June 23, 2:30 p.m. Free with admission. To R.S.V.P., call 626-449-2742, ext. 20.
Mojtaba Mirtahmasb’s documentaries, Back Vocal and Off Beat, capture the struggles of contemporary Iranian singers and musicians working to be heard in their own country. Back Vocal explores Iran’s prohibition, since the Islamic Revolution of 1979, of female solo singers. Featured singer Mamak Khadem will speak following the film. Off Beat documents the restrictions on rock concerts, and the efforts of fans to hold an on-line contest featuring Tehran’s underground rock bands. This will be Off Beat’s first U.S. screening! Both are subtitled in English, and will be screened under the stars in the courtyard garden. Seating provided, or bring a beach chair.
Tuesday, July 10, 8 p.m. $6 for members, $10 for non-members. Includes museum admission.
Join Persian Visions co-curator Gary Hallman to learn more about the art, artists, politics, and story behind this bi-national exhibition. Following the presentation, Dr. Hallman will answer questions in the gallery.
Saturday, July 14, 1 p.m. Free with admission.
Talk and Film Screening
Over the past 20 years, photographer and filmmaker Abbas Hojatpanah has been documenting Iranian artists now scattered around the world. He will discuss why this subject, so close to his heart, is of such historical importance and what impact it is having on the youth of Iran. He will then screen several of his video portraits. Mr. Hojatpanah’s book, Portraits of Iranian Artists in Exile, will also be available for purchase.
Sunday, July 15, 2 p.m. Free with admission
The Fish Fall in Love tells the story of political prisoner Aziz, returning after 25 years to take possession of his family estate only to find his former flame, Atieh, is now running it as a restaurant. Director Ali Rafiee uses the language of food to tell a story of passions over generations. Starring Reza Kianian, Roya Nonahali, Golshifteh Farahani. With English subtitles. Seating provided, or bring a beach chair.
Thursday, July 26, 8 p.m. $6 for members, $10 for non-members. Includes museum admission.
Led by Artistic Director Shida Pegahi, Ney Nava Dance Theatre has been performing fine Persian classical and contemporary dance since 1994. They will bring their beautifully costumed classic dances to Pacific Asia Museum for an evening of timeless beauty.
Thursday, August 9, 8 p.m. $15 for members, $20 for non-members.
Community Photography Exhibition
Photos by and of the Southern California Persian community will be displayed in the Foyer Gallery. For entry information, visit www.pacificasiamuseum.org.
On exhibit August 10-12, 2007. Free with admission.
Persian Visions was developed by Hamid Severi for the Tehran Museum of Contemporary Art, Iran, and Gary Hallman of the Regis Center for Art, University of Minnesota, and toured by International Arts & Artists, Washington, D.C. This exhibition was made possible in part by the ILEX Foundation, University of Minnesota McKnight Arts and Humanities Endowment, and the Department of Art, Regis Center for Art, University of Minnesota.
This groundbreaking exhibition will be on view Wednesday – Sunday, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. through September 9, 2007. The museum is closed on Mondays and Tuesdays. Persian Visions is included with Pacific Asia Museum admission: $7 general, $5 students/seniors, and free to children ages 11 and younger. Special pricing applies for some public programs.
For more information, call (626) 449-2742 ext. 31 or check the “Calendar/What’s New” section of www.pacificasiamuseum.org.