23rd Annual UCLA Celebration of
Iranian Cinema

UCLA Film & Television Archive and Farhang Foundation will join forces 1349-11once again to celebrate Iranian cinema, marking the third year of collaboration between the two organizations in honor of the cinematic contributions of Iranian filmmakers and artists. The UCLA Celebration of Iranian Cinema, now in its 23rd year, will take place Saturday, April 13 to Sunday, April 28, 2013 at the Billy Wilder Theater, located at 10899 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles, California 90024.
  The series opens on April 13th with the screening of Downpour (Iran, 1972) directed by BahramBeyzaie, who will also be in attendance that evening. Also joining in person will be director NegarAzarbayjani on April 19th during the screening of Facing Mirrors (Iran, 2011).
April 13 to April 28 in Westwood, visit www.cinema.ucla.edu or www.farhang.org for information.


The Works of MohammadrezaMirzaei

Amistad Gallery is pleased to present “What I Don’t Have”, a series of 1349-12photographs by Mohammadreza Mirzaei created during his residency in Lugo, Italy in December 2012. MohammadrezaMirzaei  is an MFA candidate at University of Pennsylvania.

Mirzaei is a photographer and writer, whose work has been featured in multiple solo and group exhibitions, including BienalFotográfica Bogotá 2011. He is founder and editor of Dide Magazine, an online publication dedicated to contemporary Iranian photography.

“What I Don’t Have” will be on view from March 15th – September 15.


‘Wrong Women’ Exhibit

Ayyam Gallery DIFC, Dubai, is pleased to announce a solo exhibition of Iranian 1349-13artist AfshinPirhashemi, who will present “The Wrong Women”, a series of 12 new paintings.

Pirhashemi is fascinated by the role of women in contemporary Iranian society, and their relationships with the world around them. His monochrome paintings are dominated by female figures swathed in black, veiled and glamorously-attired. The women he depicts are far from submissive; they are independent, confident, and sexually aware, seemingly defying the conservative dress and values of Iranian society.

Born in 1974 in Urmia, AfshinPirhashemi lives and works in the Tehran. His works are housed in public and private collections throughout the Middle East and Europe. 

On display until April 25 at Ayyam Gallery DIFC, Gate Village, Building 3, Dubai. www.ayyamgallery.com


The Cyrus Cylinder

in Los AngelesFor the first time in history, the Cyrus Cylinder, one of the ancient 1349-14world’s most celebrated artifacts of freedom and human rights, is being brought to the United States for exhibition.
Housed at the British Museum in London, the Cyrus Cylinder will travel to five major U.S. cities in 2013, in a tour supported by the Iran Heritage Foundation.
The Cyrus Cylinder will be accompanied in this exhibition by sixteen objects under the title “The Cyrus Cylinder in Ancient Persia.” The exhibition shows the innovations initiated by Persian rule in the Ancient Near East (550 BC-331 BC), when the Persian Empire was then the largest the world had known.
The tour debuted at the Smithsonian’s Arthur M. Sackler Gallery in Washington D.C. in March before traveling to the Museum of Fine Arts in Houston. It will also be on display at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, and the Asian Art Museum in San Francisco, concluding its journey with an eight week stay at the J. Paul Getty Museum at The Getty Villa in Los Angeles from October 2 – December 2, 2013.
Farhang Foundation is proud to be the financial sponsor and community organization working with the Getty Museum to ensure the success of the Cyrus Cylinder tour in its last and most anticipated stop, Los Angeles, home to the largest Iranian community outside Iran.

World Press
Cartoon Contest

Iranian graphic designer and cartoonist Saeed Sadeqi’s creation has garnered first 1349-15award of Gag Cartoon category at the World Press Cartoon contest in Portugal.

Sadeqi’s work titled Low Economy picked up the prize during an award ceremony at the Olga Cadaval Cultural Center in Sintra, Portugal.

The winners’ works along with the selected pieces from among the entries have been displayed in an exhibition mounted in the Olga Cadaval Cultural Center.

The exhibition will run until June 30, 2013.