National Museum of Asian Art: Online Curator Talk on Contemporary Iranian Artist Nicky Nodjoumi - 3/14, 12 pm EST

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March 14, 2023
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Art, Art History & Visual Studies, Asian History / Studies, Contemporary History, Cultural History / Studies, Fine Arts

Please join the National Museum of Asian Art on Tuesday, March 14, 12–12:40 p.m. EST for “Seeing Black: Nicky Nodjoumi’s ‘Here is Aleppo’” with curator Carol Huh. This online talk is part of the monthly lunchtime series Sneak Peek: New Research from the National Museum of Asian Art, where staff members present brief, personal perspectives and ongoing research, followed by discussion. This year, the series focuses on the theme of journeys—those that works of art depict and those they have undergone—in the collections of the National Museum of Asian Art. Register here and find additional details below.

A major figure in the history of contemporary Iranian art, Nicky Nodjoumi has developed a distinctive body of work over the last five decades. Here is Aleppo, a three-panel ink painting from 2017, is a monumental example of the artist’s own process of wrestling with the power dynamics that shape today’s world. Nodjoumi’s imagery, often beginning its journey as a newspaper photograph, is transformed through gesture and medium into jarring representations of violence and struggle. An important work for our times, Here is Aleppo also marks a notable turn in Nodjoumi’s practice toward the politics of environmental trauma. Join curator Carol Huh for a closer look at this acquisition by one of the most important voices in contemporary Iranian art.   

Carol Huh is associate curator of contemporary art at NMAA. Huh focuses on current artistic production related to Asia through exhibitions, acquisitions, and public programs.

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Lizzie Stein, Scholarly Programs and Publications Specialist

National Museum of Asian Art, Smithsonian Institution