Film Screening, Monir
Tuesday May 26th, 2015 | 7p
54 minutes, Persian and English with English subtitles
Free and open to the public
Monir (2014), a documentary directed by Bahman Kiarostami and produced by Leyla Fakhr, looks at the life and work of Iranian artist Monir Shahroudy Farmanfarmaian, who pioneered new forms of geometric mirror works in the 1970s, creating an artistic language informed by traditional Iranian craft and formative years spent in New York. The film explores a range of factors that have made her one of the most innovative and influential artists of the Middle East; from her method of constructing mirror mosaics, to political changes in her own country and her subsequent migration to New York. This poignant film paints a portrait of an unstoppable artist, who returned to Tehran in 2005 to reestablish a thriving studio practice. Now in her 90s, Monir proves to be as vibrant and creative as ever.
ABOUT THE ARTIST
Monir Farmanfarmaian (b. 1924, Qazvin, Iran; lives and works in Tehran) has spent the last half-century articulating her singular vision through kaleidoscopic sculptures of mirrored glass and intricate works on paper that recall both Qajar-era Persian interior decoration and modernist abstraction of the 20th century. Having lived in New York during the 1940s and 1950s, Farmanfarmaian absorbed the development both of Pop Art and Abstract Expressionism. This, combined with her awareness of the arts and crafts of her native Iran, produced an aesthetic fusion of Persian pictorial language and pristine geometry. Since winning the gold medal at the Venice Biennale in 1958, Farmanfarmaian’s artwork has been exhibited at major exhibitions worldwide, including the Bienal de Sáo Paolo, Brazil (2009), the Venice Biennale (2009), the Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art, Queensland, Australia (2010), and Prospect 3, New Orleans (2014). Significant collections include: Tate Modern, London; Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; Guggenheim Museum, New York; and Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York.
This program is sponsored by the Art of the Middle East: CONTEMPORARY Council with additional support from Haines Gallery, San Francisco, in conjunction with their exhibition of drawings by Monir Shahroudy Farmanfarmaian (on view through June 27) and her concurrent retrospective at the Guggenheim Museum in New York (on view through June 3).
For more information, please visit: http://www.lacma.org/event/monir