Workshops on Iranian Art

Carnegie Museum of Art: Explore Iran’s rich cultural and artistic history with Soude Dadras, visiting scholar in the department of history of art and architecture at the University of Pittsburgh. Each session will focus on one of four art forms deeply rooted in Persian history—carpets, ceramics, architecture, and calligraphy and painting. Discover the origins of these artistic practices; the meanings of commonly found motifs and symbols; the similarities and differences among types and styles; the materials and techniques unique to each practice; and their cultural significance for contemporary Iranian artisans and art enthusiasts from around the world.


About the speaker: Visiting Iranian arts scholar Soude Dadras specializes in the history of Iranian hand-weaving including Persian carpets of which she is a practitioner. Her ongoing research includes Ancient Iranian Portraits and the Goddess Sculpture in Ancient Persia. She was resident carpet expert at the Iranian Carpet Museum in Tehran and was a founder and board member of the Carpet Society at Islamic Azad University. She has lectured extensively on the history of Iranian art at international locations including the Kyoto City International Foundation in Kyoto, Japan.

Wednesdays, July 22–August 12 (4 sessions) or Saturdays, July 25–August 15 (4 sessions)

Shirin Neshat:
Facing History

Shirin Neshat: Facing History presents an array of Shirin Neshat’s most compelling works, illuminating the points at which cultural and political events have impacted her artistic practice.

In her mesmerizing films and photographs, Shirin Neshat (Iranian-American, b. Qazvin, 1957) examines the nuances of power and identity in the Islamic world—particularly in her native country of Iran, where she lived until 1975.


Included are the “Women of Allah” photographs that catapulted the artist to international acclaim in the 1990s; lyrical video installations, which immerse the viewer in imagery and sound; and two monumental series of photographs, The Book of Kings, 2012, and Our House Is on Fire, 2013, created in the wake of the Green Movement and the Arab Spring.

Commenting on freedom and loss, Neshat’s deeply humanistic art is at once personal, political, and allegorical.
“Facing History” runs through September 20, 2015. At Hirshhorn Museum at the Smithsonian located at Independence Avenue at Seventh Street SW