Iran Modern is the first major museum exhibition mounted with loans from the United States, Europe, and the Middle East to focus on Iran’s dynamic modern art scene. The exhibition spans the three decades prior to the 1979 Revolution, a period of great economic, political, and societal change in the country. By the mid-1970s Tehran, its capital city, had become an important cosmopolitan destination. Artists found new patronage especially from the government for exhibitions and festivals, such as the annual Shiraz Arts Festival, and the creation of new museums such as the Tehran Museum of Contemporary Art, which was actively acquiring both Iranian and international art for its collection.
There is a problem with the current conversation around the war in Syria.
Right now there seems to be an incredible pushback from progressive, left, liberal, and radical communities regarding US-led military strikes against Syria. While the resistance to such strikes is certainly not isolated to…
It’s true that anarchists are sexier, smarter, and more creative than the average marketing agent, so you’d think that stuff like this would happen a little more often. Sure, you see commercials with people marching in the streets, or ads claiming that to buy their product is to take a stand, but I can’t think of the last time I saw such blatant co-optation. It’s kind of beautiful, and as much as I want to hate it, my inner nihilist kind of loves it. I want to meet this person who saw the Crimethinc/Nikki McClure/Charles Bukowski poster and thought to themselves, “This could make me millions”.