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Oct 21, 2011 4:00 PM

Department of Near and Middle Eastern Civlizations
University of Toronto
Room 200, Bancroft Building
Toronto, Ontario M5S 1C1

University of Toronto The Toronto Initiative for Studies the Department of Near and Middle Eastern Civlizations, the Department of Humanities-UTSC, and the Department of Historical Studies-UTM, in collaboration with the Foundation for Iranian... read more


Roshan Cultural Heritage Educational Programs: Understanding Persian Culture through Film

Roshan Cultural Heritage Institute is pleased to announce that, along with Asia Pacific Films, it will provide free online access to a selection of Persian films sponsored by the Network for the Promotion of Asian Cinema (NETPAC). The series, “Understanding Persian Culture through Film,” will be available to Roshan affiliated universities for at least one year.

Through this initiative, Roshan Institute hopes to further its mission of supporting cultural and educational activities that bring to light the richness and diversity of Persian culture. The Institute hopes that offering these films as a public service will afford universities and other educational and cultural institutions the opportunity to better serve students and others. The films may serve as valuable teaching materials, as well as a means of enjoyment.
NETPAC and Asia Pacific Films are solely responsible for the selection of the films. The Roshan Institute is recognized as a private, non-profit foundation under Section 501(c)(3) devoted to education and culture, and it does not advocate or support any political activities.
Please enjoy this unique opportunity with our best wishes for a Happy Noruz.




You are invited to an opera reading:

Reading Lolita in Tehran

Based on the book by Azar Nafisi


Music by Elisabeth Mahi Greene

Libretto by the composer and Mitra Motlagh

Presented by the Maryland Opera Studio

Directed by Leon Major


Friday, February 18, 2011 at 7:30pm

Gildenhorn Recital Hall

University of Maryland, College Park

Free Event


For more information:



Symposium at Shangri La in Honolulu:

February 26th

"Understanding Persian Culture through Film"

Hosted by NETPAC/USA

Film experts from around the world will come together to discuss
themes of Persian Culture and History through four themes.



The Good Omens Online Auction is Now Open to the Public!

Falnama: The Book of Omens

Email Silent Auction

Good Omens Gala

November 16–20, 2009

Inspired by the good omens found in Falnama: The Book of Omens, on view now through January 24, 2010, we invite you to participate in an email auction, proceeds from which will fund a Fellowship in the arts and culture of Iran at the Freer Gallery of Art and the Arthur M. Sackler Gallery. We have assembled a marvelous array of items including treasures from the French luxury houses of Hermès, Van Cleef & Arpels, and Cartier, as well as beautiful books, delicate porcelain, and glittering jewelry.

Place your bid by email until midnight of Friday, November 20. Even if you plan to attend the Good Omens Gala on Saturday evening, November 21, you may bid by email before 12 AM (EST) on November 20. Read about the items in the Good Omens Silent Auction Guide and review instructions for bidding by email by clicking on the word AUCTION.


Falnama: The Book of Omens has received media attention worldwide. Please click on these links to take a closer look at the exhibition and see why the Washington Post says "the pages of the Falnama revel in the joys of imagery and decoration."  See below information on the BBC's four-part series that looks behind the scenes at Falnama.

Runs through Jan. 24 at the Smithsonian's Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, on the south side of the Mall at 10th St. SW.

Call 202-633-1000 or visit here.

On the news:
Washington Post
Massumeh Farhad's BBC television interview with anchor Matt Frei


Behind the Book of Omens—A four-part video series
Date: BBC program starting October 20, 2009
Comment:                 BBC World News America goes behind the scenes at the Smithsonian, just days before the opening of its newest exhibition "Falnama: The Book of Omens." The Falnama were created in the 16th- and 17th-century Iran and Turkey. In the Islamic calendar, the year 1000 was looming on the horizon and sultans, shahs and common people used these manuscripts to explore the unknown. The exhibition opens its doors on October 24 in Washington, D.C. and is the first ever devoted to these illustrated texts, notable for their scale and bold compositions.

The Sackler Gallery will host this international exhibition that features works from the Topkapi Palace Library in Istanbul, the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, the Chester Beatty Library in Dublin, the Louvre Museum in Paris and private collections from around the world. BBC World News America followed the curator, conservators and designers in their final days before the opening.
How to Watch:
BBC World News America with Matt Frei is available exclusively on BBC America and BBC World News channel. It is also available in the UK on the BBC News channel.

Clicking on the following link will allow you to view the four part series starting Tuesday October 20.

On BBC America:
BBC World News America is broadcast every weekday at 1900 ET / 1600 PT and again at 2200 ET / 1900 PT on BBC America, a digital cable and satellite TV channel available in more than 60m US homes.

BBC America is carried via satellite by DIRECTV (Channel 264) and EchoStar's DISH Network (Channel 135). For channel placement on cable systems, check with your local cable provider.

On BBC World News:
BBC World News America is broadcast every weekday at 1900 ET on BBC World News, a global 24 hour news channel available in more than 200 countries and territories worldwide.

BBC World News reaches 283 million households and more than 1.5 million hotel rooms, and is also available on cruise ships, airlines, and mobile phone networks around the world.

On the BBC News Channel:
BBC World News America is broadcast every weekday in the United Kingdom on the BBC News Channel at 0030 BST.
Falnama: The Book of Omens opens at the Sackler Gallery in Washington D.C. on October 24 (see exhibitions below)
AAAS Award to Roshan Institute's Board Member
In April 2009, Pierre Omidyar was elected as a Fellow at the American Academy of Arts & Sciences, one of the nation’s most prestigious honorary societies and a center for independent policy research. The class of new members includes leaders in the sciences, the humanities and the arts, business, public affairs, and the nonprofit sector. Recognized for his contributions as a business leader, entrepreneur, and philanthropist, Pierre was elected as an AAAS Fellow in the category of Business, Corporate, and Philanthropic Leadership.
Noruz the Persian New Year Celebration
Location: Honolulu Academy of Arts
Date: Thursday, March 26, 2009
Organized by: Roshan Cultural Heritage Foundation
Dr. Stephen Little
Honolulu Academy of Arts
Dr. Elahé Mir-Djalali Omidyar
Roshan Cultural Heritage Institute

request the honor of your presence to celebrate

Noruz, the Persian New Year

Thursday, March 26, 2009

Honolulu Academy of Arts
Kinau and Banyan Courtyards

RSVP by March 20
Celebrating NORUZ

This most cherished Persian celebration goes back at least 3000 years and is about “Celebrating Life renewal in health and harmony with nature”
“NORUZ literally means New Day”
Hafsin  (Haft Seen) is the spread, around which the Family gathers to celebrate Noruz. Iranians take pride in putting together an attractive and elaborate spread to represent both spiritual and worldly symbols promising a happy start of the New Year. The Persian word Haft means seven and Sin refers to the sound /S/ in the language.  Usually a nice embroidered fabric is used as the foundation of the spread.  On the spread seven specific items starting with the sound /S/ are displayed. The set is prepared a day or two before Noruz and given a place of honor in the house to remain 13 days following Noruz.  Additional items are also placed on the Hafsin that will signify renewal, life, happiness, spiritual purity, prosperity, fertility, growth, good health and all things one desires for the New Year.  This celebration is one of hope, promise and good fortune to enjoy and share with friends and family.
List of items for Hafsin
Name Definition    Symbolism
Sabzeh Spring Sprouts Growth, prosperity and togetherness
Senjed Dry fruit of lotus, “mountain-ash” Tart and sweet tastes in life
Seeb Apple The oldest beneficial fruit
Samanu Wheat Pudding A sweet prepared with the extract of young growth of wheat
Serkeh Vinager An astringent agent, medicinal
Somagh Crushed Sumac Berries The oldest beneficial condiment derived from a plant
Seer Garlic The oldest bulb with medicinal Value
Sekkeh Coins, (Silver and Gold) Permanence and prosperity
Sombol Hyacinth Flower Life development: flower from the bulb to the roots
Mahi Gold fish Life energy
Ayne A Mirror Purity and clarity
Sham’ Candle Spiritual light and warmth
Tokhm-e Morgh Decorated Eggs Life in potential
Scriptures        Koran, Bible, Torah, etc.
Blessings and faith
Sepand, Esfand Wild Rue Incense against the evil eye that helps the lungs function


Cyrus Cylinder arrive in Tehran
Location: The National Museum of Iran
Date: September,12, 2010
Organized by: British Museum Middle East Collection
For the first time after the Islamic Revolution in Iran, the British Museum has returned the Cyrus Cylinder to the country under tight security measures. The cylinder was escorted by a delegation headed by the British Museum keeper of the Middle East collections John Curtis to the National Museum of Iran where it will remain for four months. “This four-month period is a great opportunity for all Iranians who are interested in seeing the cylinder,” IRNA quoted head of the National Museum of Iran Azadeh Ardakani as saying.
She added that the cylinder would be put on display on Saturday during a ceremony attended by Iranian experts.
The Cyrus cylinder, which is considered the world's first charter of human rights, is inscribed in Babylonian cuneiform with an account by Cyrus II, king of Persia (559-530 BC).
The cylinder was scheduled to be given to Iran on loan in September 2009; however, the British Museum backed out of the agreement, citing Iran's post-election unrest.
Tehran had earlier said that it would cease cooperation with the British Museum until the cylinder is loaned to Natinal Museum of Iran. The cylinder is expected to be put on public display in the coming days.
Yek, do, se (1,2,3,) Three contemporary Iranian Artists
Location: Los Angeles County Museum of Art
Date: July 10,through December 5, 2010
Organized by: Art of middle East Council
Iranian Artists, including those in Diaspora communities, visualize a society trapped between the present and the past in order to comment upon issues of gender, Exile, history and religion. Such is the case with three contemporary artists represented here.Bahaman Jalali’s (1944-2010) career coincided ad engaged with dramatic socioreligious transformation of Iran in the late twentieth century. As documentary Photographer, teacher, he employed The photographic image as evidence that can be rediscovered with the passage of time.
Yasmin Ameri is a photographer and Multimedia artistWho lives and works in Canada. Her works was inspiredBy a group of late nineteenth-century photographs depicting prostitutes. She recontextulized the women inFictive settings in order to offer them another identity.Samira Alikhanzaeh is a painter and multimedia artistWhose work also references to past, but only so far back as the first half of the twentieth century when Iran was transformed to the modern nation. She uses found Images of women from this period.
Epic of the Persian Kings:The Shanameh of ferdowsi
Location: The Mellon Gallery Fitz William Museum, Trumping ton Street, Cambridge
Date: September 11,Through January 2011
Organized by: Fitz William Museum in association with Iran Heritage Foundation. In partnership with the Cambridge Shahnama project
The Shanameh as Persian Cultural Icon. The year 2010 Marks the Millennium of the completion of the Persian Book of King’s by the poet Abu’l-Qasim Firdausi of Tus, of North East Iran.
Some 120 works will be displayed in the Mellon Gallery.Images of Battles, Rescues and dragons will record history with romance, wit and much more. Britten is fortunate to hold most of the richest Shahnameh material in the world there are15 manuscript in Cambridge alone. The exhibits will how ever be supplemented from other UK and European lenders; from the holding of public or semi-public Collections such as British library to the rarely seen materials from Private collections such as that her majesty the Queen.Taken together, these will provide examples of the styles in the art of Persian book binding, together with number of related artifacts.
Arture Pope and a New Survey of Persian Art
Location: The Art Institute of Chicago
Date: July 17, Through October 3, 2010
Organized by: The Art institute of Chicago, Chicago ,Illinois
In celebration of the opening of the art institute’s newly Refurbished permanent installation of the art of Islamic World, the museum proudly presents Arthur pope and a new survey of Persian Art. This exhibition will high light This historically important collection of Persian art, which was developed under the guidance of Arthur Upham Pope (1881-1969).
A noted American art historian, Pope was a pioneer in the study of Persian art, heritage and culture, as well as an energetic collector, curator and art dealer. Often credited for establishing the basis of what we now categorize broadly as Islamic art at various institutions throughout the country, His multi-volume A Survey of Persian Art (1938-39), complied and edited together with his wife and colleague, Phyllis Ackerman, was highly influential in the way the Western world came to perceive and appreciate Persian art. The aesthetic criteria that he, his wife, and his contemporary colleagues established for assessing the importance of cultural remains from modern Iran, west Afghanistan, and west central Asia influenced the way many people around the world came to understand the art, architecture, and material culture of Persia. Those criteria continue to shape our thinking today.
Romantic interludes: Women in Firdawsi’s Shahnama
Location: Museum of fine Arts, Boston ,MA
Date: Saturday,April,24,2010-Sunday,January 16,2011
Organized by: Museum of fine Arts Boston, With generous support from the Jean S.and Fredric A.Sharf Exhibition Fund
The Shahnameh, often called the “national epic” of Iran was completed around the year 1010 by the Persian poet Abu’l Qasim Firdawsi. A vast and complex poem,It opens with the creation of the world and concludesWith the Muslim conquest of Iran in the mid seventh century, thus comprising myth, legend and history some45000 lines are filled with a rich panoply of characters-Kings, Queens, princes, princesses, heroes, lovers, warriors, villains and magical creatures. Copied and illustrated countless times over the centuries, the Shahnama’s immense popularity and influence extendWell beyond the borders of Iran.
The MFA, along with companion exhibition at Harvard Art Museum and the Houghton library marks the millennium of Shahnama inspiration by looking at different aspect of the poem. The MFA’S exhibition explores the them of the women in the Shanameh.The painting selected for this exhibition illuminate the stories of a number of resourceful and colorful female Characters.
Afrouz Amighi (Angels in Combat)
Location: Gallery Isabelle Van Den Eynde
Date: September 21, through October 21, 2010
Organized by: Gallery Isabelle Van Den Eynde
In Angels in combat, her first solo show in the UAE, Amighi alludes to the beauty. Decadence, violence and tranquility that can be found in the modern history and culture of her birth place.
The show includes three shadow works. Angels in combat I, Hallway and Angels in Combat II,presented asa triptych in which the artist uses the nuances of light and shadow to create complex and engaging designs.She employs stencil burner to hand cut the design fromA thin, porous sheet of plastic-a material used in the construction of refugee tents. the works are suspended,and over head illuminates the pieces, which castsShadow of the intricate pattern against the wall.
Parastou Forouhar
Location: Lighton House Museum, London, England
Date: October 1-Through November 5,2010
Organized by: Norur Festival of Arts- Leighton House Museum
Parastou Forohar exhibits “The Funeral”- an installation of office chairs covered in popular folk material sold in Tehran’s markets of Ashura, the annual Shiite ceremony that mourn the martyrdom of Imam Hossein in the seventh century.
Originally these printed shrouds came in symbolic colors-black and white. red and green- but today they are printed in day-glo colors for an interesting blend of religion with pop culture. Standing empty in a room, they Commemorate the deceased victims who once sat in them. Also on display are” Signs”- a series that plays on Imagery of road and traffic signs to express the battle of Sexes in Iran for women. there is “no entry” and “access denied” while man enjoy “right of way”) and “Eslimi” (“Ornaments”) – a fabric pattern-book of deceptive charm. Look closer and we see the patterns are composed of intricately rendered instruments of torture, such as knives, whips, knuckledusters and pistols.
“An Italian in Persia”
Location: Maricana National building Venice, Italy
Date: September,Through October 4, 2010
Organized by:  
The exhibit entitled “An Italian in Persia” showcases 33 photos by Italian photographer Luigi Montabone, who was dispatched by the Italian government for a mission to Iran in 1862.
Montabone’s complete album was put on display from February 11 April 5 at the National Institute for Graphics in Rome in the exhibit “The Qajar Persia: Italian Photographers in Iran 1848-1864”.
The exhibit, organized to celebrate the 35th anniversary of the National Institute for Graphics, was dedicated to a group of Italian photographers who worked in Iran during the reign of the Qajar king, Nasser ad-Din Shah (1831-1896).
The collection will be transferred to the Fotomuseo Giuseppe Panini, the Italian museum and archive of historical photography, in Modena for a show that will be held from November 27, 2010 to February 27, 2011.
Strolling through Isfahan: Seventeenth-Century paintings from Safavid Iran
Location: Harvard Art Museum,Cambridge, MA
Date: January 8 through June 13, 2010
Organized by:  Sussan Babaie

With its great public square, majestic avenues, and noble gardens, Isfahan, the capital city of Safavid Iran

In the 17th century, afforded endless opportunities for court ceremony, promenades, and people- watching.

Stylish or eccentric, the Isfahan is captured the attention of writers and artists alike, providing colorful subject matter for the growing genre of genre of single-page Paintings.

Bold Abstractions: Textiles from Central Asia & Iran 
Location: Craft and Folk Art museum los Angeles, CA 
Date: January 24, through May 9, 2010
Organized by: This Exhibition originated Mingei international Museum, San Diego Ca. and was curated at both Mingei and CAFM by Rochelle Kessler.

For millennia, nomads have wandered across the steppes and oases of central Asia in search of pasture For their herds and traveled along the fame trading route, the” Silk road,” which stretched from China to the Mediterranean. The Exhibition presents mementos of this nomadic culture in dazzling display of mid-nineteenth to mid-twentieth-century traditional garments, personal adornment, and domestic accessories.

Poetry and Prayer
Location: Walters Art Museum, Baltimore, Maryland
Date: March 20 through June 13, 2010
Organized by:  Walters Art Museum

This exhibition showcases masterpieces of illuminated and illustrated manuscripts produced in Islamic lands from the ninth to the nineteenth century. these irresistible objects of art cover arrange of textual genres: Devotional, scientific, historical, epic and poetic. in the Islamic book, the primary vehicle for literary and artistic expression, the power of poetry and prayer and visual

form collides. This exhibition coincides with the initiative to catalogue and make high resolution digital surrogates of all Islamic manuscripts and single pages preserved at the Walters art Museum.

The Two Qalams: Islamic Arts of pen and Brush
Location: Philadelphia Museum of Art, PA
Date: July 11,2009 through August 2010
Organized by:   Philadelphia Museum of Art

In Arabic, the word Qalam originally meant the calligrapher’s reed pen. calligraphers were and esteemed in Islamic circles because their pens writes the sacred words of the Qur’an, the only book of Islam. The attitude toward painters. however, has not always been so positive since their brushes could depict-thus create-human and animal figures, thereby challenging the sole creative authority of God. Persian poets of the sixteenth century countered this negative perception by describing the painter’s brush as a second Qalam,

Equivalent to that calligrapher’s pen. The two Qalams came together in the vibrant bookmaking workshops of the Islamic courts of Persia and India were calligraphers and painters collaborated to produce a wealth of illustrated manuscripts and elaborate albums filled with specimens of beautiful writing and painting.

Document: Iranian- Americans in Los Angele’s
Location: Fowler Museum at UCLA
Date: June 6 through August 22
Organized by:  Amy Malek

Photographer that considers the everyday lives of their subjects. The exhibition also addresses the process of documentation and how they relate to the photographers’ understandings of their own hyphenated Iranian identities.

The photographs capture the varied lives and interests of the Iranian American community in Los Angeles-from toddlers at play to an acupuncturist in her los feliz office, from young man break dancing to a young woman at prayer. There are also a number of recognizable figures, such as public intellectual Reza Aslan and comedian Maz Jobrani.

The Chahar Ghesmat
Location: Akus Gallery Eastern Connecticut State University
Date: March 25-through May 6,2010
Organized by:  Akus Gallery

Chahar Chesmat: Iranian women create brings together the work of four artists, Mina Momeni, Farideh Shahsavarani, Taravat Talepasant and Afarin Rahmanifar. Each of these women works in variety of media and each portray women in Iranian culture. However each also has a unique and varying approach to content and imagery which is in part informed by their differing national and generational views. Chahar Chesmat, Farsi for “four parts,” demonstrates that despite differences of generation, place of residence, and cultural influences, each of these artists depict the experience of Iranian women; they all find tremendous resonance and meaning in Iranian culture and history as well as contemporary life.

Iran inside & Out
Location: DIFC
Date: March 15-through June 15, 2010
Organized by: CAM'S

Iran inside Out after two successful runs at the Chelsea art museum in New York and the De Paul museum in Chicago explores the varied forms of artistic expression of young Iranian artist working within and out side of Iran today. In its Dubai edition, the exhibition features a selection of the most arresting works, alongside some of the finest examples of contemporary Iranian art drown from Dr Farjam’s/ Hafez Foundation private art collection.

Public life private spaces
Location: Alphonse Barber Gallery Berkeley, CA
Date: March 30 through April 10-2010
Organized by: Alfonse Barber Gallery

As part of their year long Islam today program focusing on new media politics and popular culture in the Muslim world the center for south Asia studies, the center for Middle eastern studies at UC Berkeley present an art exhibition high lighting new work by young Iranian artists.

Featured Artists:

Meheraneh Atashi,Mahboube Karamli,Morteza Khaki, Parisa Taghizadeh,Parham tagioff

Temple palace Mosque: Southern Asian & Persian Art
Location: San Diego Museum of Art, San Diego, CA
Date: Opening August 10-2010
Organized by: San Diego Museum of Art

This new and on going display will show cases the museum Asia collections with works from diverse areas ranging from Iran and Afghanistan to Cambodian and Thailand. The Persian Art section: centers around the Museum’s newly restored Persian tile painting and includes manuscripts from Ferdowsi’s Shahnama embroidered textiles from the16th to19th centuries, and ceramic from as early as the10th century.

Abas Akhavan “Islands” Arts Exhibition
Location: The third line ( Dubai) United Arab Emirates
Date: May 6 through June 10, 2010
Organized by:  The third line

The majority of Akhavan’s work is site-specific, induced and influenced by the politics, geographies, artists and architectures within proximity to the particular work.for his debut solo exhibition at the third line, Akhavan will create an installation including series of maps painted directly on wall within the gallery space.

The epic of Persian Kings:The Shahnameh of Ferdowsi
The Mellon Gallery, Fitz William
Museum, Trumping ton Street Cambridge CB2 1RB
Date: September 11 through January 2010
Organized by: The Fitzwilliam Museum in association with the Iran Heritage foundation.

Some 120 works will be displayed in the Mellon Gallery of the Fitz William Museum. Images of battles rescues and dragons will record history with romance, wit, and much more. Britain is fortunate to hold most of the richest Shahnameh material in the world. There are 15 Manuscripts in Cambridge alone. The exhibits will however be supplemented from other UK and European lenders; from the holding of public or semi-public collections such as the British library to the rarely seen materials from private collections such of that of her Majesty the Queen. These will provide examples of the rich range of styles in the art of Persian book painting, together with number of related artifacts.

The Arts of Islam: Masterpieces from the Khalili Collection
Location: Institute du Monde Arabe, Paris
Date: October 2009 through March 14, 2010
Organized by:  
Some 500 selected pieces from the fabulous Nasser D. Khalili Collection of Islamic Art will be on view, most of which have not been exhibited in Europe before. The pieces span thirteen centuries and include richly illuminated copies of the Holy Qur’an as well as secular manuscripts and paintings, magnificent wall hangings and carpets, exquisite ceramics and glass, fine metal work and sumptuous gold, jewels, lacquer ware and stone. These treasures will be displayed in three main sections, Faith, Wisdom and Destiny, to illustrate not only the relationship between art and the sacred, but also what is meant by the term “Islamic art’.
Breaking the Veils: Women Artists from the Islamic World
Location: Yale University Institute of Sacred Music, New Haven, Connecticut
Date: September 1 through December 11, 2009
Organized by:
Art Reach Foundation
This exhibition that brings together the works of 51 women artists from the Islamic world, is a selection of work by established female artists—some veiled, others not—from Islamic countries as diverse as Sudan, Malaysia, Turkey, Iran and Pakistan, as well as the Levant, the Gulf States, and North Africa. The international exhibition is hosted by Yale’s Council on Middle East Studies (CMES), part of the Whitney and Betty MacMillan Center for International and Area Studies.
Persian Vision Contemporary Photography from Iran
Location: Haggerty Museum of Art, Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Date: October 15, 2009 through January 17, 2010
Organized by:
The Tehran Museum of Contemporary Art and the University of Minnesota Department of Art
Persian Visions offers a glimpse in to the aspects of human existence—family, heritage, mortality, language, memory—that engage us all. These photographers offer a poignant reminder that at the center of political turmoil there can be humanity; and that a keen eye tuned to the tensions of modern life need not be blind to its poetry.
Falnama: The Book of Omens
Location: Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, Washington, D.C.
Date: Opens October 24
Organized by:
The Arthur M. Sackler Gallery        
The Smithsonian opens its newest exhibition "Falnama: The Book of Omens" at the Sackler Gallery. The Falnama were created in the 16th- and 17th-century Iran and Turkey. In the Islamic calendar, the year 1000 was looming on the horizon and sultans, shahs and common people used these manuscripts to explore the unknown. This important exhibition is the first ever devoted to these illustrated texts, notable for their scale and bold compositions.

The Sackler Gallery will host this international exhibition that features works from the Topkapi Palace Library in Istanbul, the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, the Chester Beatty Library in Dublin, the Louvre Museum in Paris and private collections from around the world. BBC World News America followed the curator, conservators and designers in their final days before the opening.
Falnama on BBC World News America
Watch BBC World News America's "Behind the Book of Omens" for a look behind the scenes of the Falnama exhibition. See listing under Special Events.
The exhibition catalogue is supported by a grant from Roshan Cultural Heritage Institute.
PHOTOQUAI 2009: 2nd Biennial of non Western Photography
Location: musée du quai Branly, Paris, France
Exhibition in the West Mezzanine
Date: Through November 29, 2009  
Organized by:                        
For this 2nd edition of PHOTOQUAI, the musée du quai Branly is honoring Iranian photography in its West Mezzanine, amidst the permanent collections: the exhibition 165 years of Iranian photography gives an overview of Iranian photography from the end of the XIXth century, with the portraits from the Qajar era and the photo studios which appeared in Iran at the time of Reza Shah Pahlavi, up until the most contemporary works by major Iranian photographers.

Artistic direction: Anahita Ghabaian Etehadieh; Curators: Bahman Jalali, Hasan Sarbakhshian
Light of the Sufis: The Mystical Arts of Islam                            
Location: Brooklyn  Museum of Art New York
Date: Through September 6  
Organized by: Ladan Akbarnia & Hagop Kevorkian                        
Light of Sufis the Mystical Art of Islam feature some 25 objects related to mystical branch of Islam known as Sufism. inspired by Sufi ideologies and the poetry of celebrated mystic al-Ghazzali and Jalal al-Din Rumi, Artist from Medieval Islamic period to the present day have produced works ranging from ceramic and metal wares to illustrated manuscripts and photographs. The theme of light and enlighten is emphasized throughout both, literary and in spiritual sense.

The Light of the Sufis exhibition is part of the Muslim Voices Arts and Ideas Festival.
Adventures with Hamza                            
Location: Museum fur Angewandte Kunst, Vienna
Date: Through September 27  
Organized by: Museum fur Angewandte , Vienna                      
The Hamzanameh research and conservation commemorates the end of the 10- years project to conserve 60 folios from a16th- century Mughal manuscript purchased by the Museum in1873 the exhibition document the individual steps of restoration and preservation and reveals new information about the Illustrated manuscript’s use and alteration, which was revealed in conservation adding to its importance as Touchstone of mughal paintings. The manuscript was commissioned by Emperor Akbar the great and originally included 1400 folios, of which only 200 remain the tales it is describe the adventure of Hamza Ibn ‘Abd al-Mutallib, the uncle of the prophet Muhammad as he travels the world spreading Islam and battling demons, Sorcerers and spies.
East – West Divan Contemporary Art from Afghanistan, Iran and Pakistan, The 53rd international art exhibition at Venice Biennale                              
Location: Venice, Italy
Date: June 7 through October 4- 2009  
Organized by: Turquoise Mountain and Venice Biennale                         
Turquoise Mountain presents East-West divan contemporary art from Afghanistan, Iran and Pakistan during the 53rd international Art exhibition of the biennale di venezia. The exhibition includes recent works by ten artists from three countries, better known in the west for stereotypes of terrorism and Islamic extremism than for their rich artistic heritage and vibrant
Contemporary cultures.
Selseleh/Zelzeleh: Movers &shakers in Contemporary Iranian Art
Location: Leila Taghinia Milani Heller Gallery, New York
Date: May 27 through August 2009  
Organized by: Leila Taghinia Milani Heller Gallery                        
 (LTMH) Gallery is presenting a group exhibition, in
Contemporary Iranian Art, comprising more than 50 seminal works from as many as 40 artists the Exhibition seeks to illuminate the depth and richness of Iranian art from the post WWII generation to the present. A number of works including painting, Sculpture, Photography, works on paper, and video will be on view for the first time in United State A fully- illustrated color catalogue will accompany the exhibition.
Keeping up Appearances                               
Location: Gallery B21 Dubai
Date: July 26 through September 10 2009  
Organized by: Gallery B21                       
The group Exhibition Keeping up Appearance’s presents the works of three Iranian artists, Ramin Haerizadeh, Jinos Taghizadeh and Shapari Sohaei who through different genres and media each transmit own potent political view. All three artists started with taking the distance from the scenes and information they accumulate daily to reveal another paradoxical reality where the absurd and its appearances seem to take precedence
The Tsars and the East: Gifts from Turkey and Iran In the Moscow Kremlin                                
Location: Arthur M Sackler Gallery and Freer Gallery of Art
Washington, D C
Date: May 9 Through September 13  
Suported by: The state Museums of the Moscow Kremlin and
The Arthur M Sackler Gallery and received
Generous support from Lukoil                          
The Tsars and the East: Gifts from Turkey and Iran in the Moscow Kremlin presents some 64 objects that were offered as lavish gift or tribute by the Ottomans and Safavids to the tsars through large embassies, diplomatic missions and trade delegations ranging in date from the late 16th century to the late 17 century, the works include rarely seen arms and armor, bejeweled ceremonial vessels and regalia intended for the Russian court of the Orthodx church the exhibition explores the reasons for these extraordinary gifts, their artistic  and cultural impact and the esthetic and ceremonial etiquette they inspired, one that become a defining characteristic of the Russian court in the17th century.
Iran Inside Out: An Art Exhibition in New York                               
Location: The Chelsea Art Museum
Date: June 26 through September 5, 2009 
Suported by: Chelsea Art Museum                         
Iran Inside Out is about a personal language of creative Expression emerging from a geographical divide with in a generation of contemporary Iranian artists inside Iran, Knowing how to avoid self-censorship while eluding government censors is crucial to the continued existence of their art practice For the artists living out side Iran, presenting themselves through the lens of “Universality” seems to be more pressing concern in their attempt to assert an “Unlabeled” artist- status within predominantly western dialectics of the contemporary art milieu Common to both, however, is the desire to establish an individual artistic identity free from stigma of “Stereotype” and “locality” This has led to a process of deconstruction between openness and seclusion, dialogue and separatism between those on the outside
Tarjama/ Translation                              
Location: The Queens Museum of Art (QMA)
Date: May 10 through September 27, 2009 
Suported by: Arte East                         
This unprecedented Exhibition features artist from Middle East, center Asia and its diasporas the exhibition examines the different ways with which artist engage with people,object images, and ideas traveling across geographic spaces, media forms, histories, and personal contexts Encompassing a variety of media and artistic strategies,
Tarjame/ Translation treat the multiple processes of translation as dynamic and complex, from linguistic and textual maneuvers, to the transformation of consciousness engendered by the increasingly globalized world
Geometry, Illumination and Beyond: A Contemporary Artist’s Dialogue with Structure and form in Iranian Manuscript Illumination
Location: Brunei Gallery, Soas, London
Date: April 16 through June 20 2009 
Suported by: School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London                         
Geometry,illumination and beyond: a contemporary artist dialogue with structure and form in Iranian Manuscript illumination is Artist Anita Chowdry’s exploration of classic Iranian and Mughal manuscript illumination and its underlying geometric structure through drawings painting and digital images She also examines the relationships that link traditional structure with the new concepts in geometry, analyzing the structures, visual grammar and painting methods employed by 16th century manuscript illuminators and continuing to the discovery of similar forms generated by digital fractal programs Thetrascendet language of mathematics its one reason for the mesmeric Quality and abstract beauty of Islamic art
Falnama: The Book of Omens                              
Location: Sackler Gallery, Washington DC
Date: October 24 through January 24  
Suported by: Freer Gallery of Art Arthur M Sackler Gallery
Falnama the Book of Omens is the first exhibition ever devoted to category of extraordinary illustrated texts known as Falnama(Book of Omens notable for their monumental size, brilliantly painted compositions and unusual subject matter, the manuscript, created in Safavid Iran and Ottoman Turkey in the 16th and early 17th centuries remain largely unpublished yet whether by consulting the position of planets casting the horoscopes or interpreting dreams, the art of divination was widely practiced throughout the Islamic world, and these texts were the most splendid tools ever device to foretell the future The exhibition sheds new light on their artistic, cultural and pious significance, displaying some 60 works of art catalog.
Shah Abbas: The remaking of Iran                               
Location: British Museum
Date: February 19th through June 14th -2009 
Suported by: Iran Heritage Foundation                          
Shah Abbas was key figure in the creation of Modern Iran. Shah of Iran from 1587-1629 AD, His legacy continues to this day and he is  Remembered as one of the country’s most influential Kings. He was a great military leader, credited with keeping his external enemies at bay and quelling a civil war at home. His trade policies established Iran as a world power. The exhibition will feature many extraordinary loans, never before seen outside of Iran. The exhibition will examine four key sites:
Isfahan, the capital of Shah Abbas. And the three
Shi’i shrine cities, Mashhad, Ardabil and Qume, using loans of paintings, manuscripts, ceramic and carpets.
The splendor of Isfahan from Iran
Location: British Museum
Date: March 5th through July- 2009
Supported by: Iran Heritage Foundation
Isfehan became the Capital city of Iran under Shah Abbas 1 in 1598. In Persian it was known to contemporaries as Isfahan nesf-e jahan (Isfahan is half the world) because of his importance and splendor. This is reflected in the brilliant mosques. Palace, bridges and cathedrals that survive to this day. At the same time Isfahan has also been an important mint, both in the pre-Islamic times. The exhibition will show the history of this splendid city through its coinage, focusing particularly on the Safavid period from The 16th- 18th centuries. In addition, objects bank notes and stamps relating to Isfahan will draw attention to the importance of the city. Thebeauty of Isfahan and the diversity of its crafts continue to attract art lovers up to the present time.
Muraqqa: Imperial Mughal albums from the Chester beatty library, Dublin,
Location: Honolulu Academy of the Arts
Henry R. Luce Gallery
Date: December 18, 2008 through- March 1 - 2009
Organized by: Art Services International, Alexandria Virginia
The Chester Beatty Library in Dublin, Ireland has one of the finest collections of Mughal paintings in the world. The Persian World Muraqqa’ means “Album” but most specifically it means “Patched garment” such as the patched cloak worn by Islamic mystics (Sufis) as a sign of poverty and humility .the name refers to the albums’ patchwork construction: each of the album pages in the show consists of separate pieces of paper, usually produced in Iran (or Central Asia) and India over the period of 100 years or more. The exhibition of 86 album paintings, Calligraphies, and manuscripts from the library includes parts of a number of imperial albums made for the Indian emperors Jahangir (ca.16o5) 1628-57), who belt the Taj Mahal.

Through these rare works the exhibition will explore the function and place of album making with in the imperial family and the world of the moguls. The exhibition is curetted by Chester Beatty library curator Elaine Wright.
 Takhti: a modern Iranian hero                                                                             
Location: British Museum
Date: February 19 through- April 19 - 2009
Organized by: British Museum
A display of a recently acquired art works by Iranian artist Khosrow hassanzadeh, which offers
contemporary perspective on Iranian history, religion and culture.
It focuses on wrestler Ghulamreza Takhti, Olympic medalist and national hero of Iran (d.1968) whose title is jahan  pahlavan , world hero’. The exhibition examines his place in history and the ancient roots of the resettling tradition in Iran.
Heroism and treachery: Paintings from the Safavid and Mughal Empires
Location: Philadelphia Museum Of arts
Date: Now through May 2009
Organized by: Philadelphia Museum of arts                      
What makes a king or noble honorable? How does hero act? The seven illustrations in the exhibition come from manuscripts created in 16th and 17th centuries under Safavid rulers of Iran (Persia) and the Mughals of India. Each demonstrates a feast of heroism or an act of justice befitting a good Islamic ruler.
The Persian Sensation:The Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam in the west
Location: Harry Ransom Center the University of Texas at Austin
Date: February 3 – 2009 through
Organized by: University of Texas at Austin                      
2009 makes the 150th anniversary of Edward - Fitz Jerald’s lad marks translation of the poetry of medieval Persian astronomer Omar Khayyam. Fitz Gerald’s Works become unpredented popular phenomenon in England and America’s by the 1930s, the Rubaiyat was by some accounts the most published after Shakespeare and the Bible.
This Exhibition drowse on the center’s expansive
Rubaiyat collection: ranging from Persian manuscript and Miniature editions to parodies and playing cards to reveal how the Rubaiyat phenomenon constructed on idealized orient even as Omar Khayyam and his poems helped readers understand their own lives.
Tala Madani
Location: Pilar Corrias Gallery, London
Date: January 15-Through –February 21
Organized by: Pilar Corrias Gallery
Another little show to while a way the no- mans of the art world in January: the elegant yet impulsive paintings of Tala Madani make it worth a trip to this small new west end Gallery.
Madani, only 28 is an Iranian artist based in Amsterdam whose work combines a cartoonish Mise-en-scene with calculated sloppy brush work and strong graphic patterns- that a lot of contradictory elements to get on to a canvas. Her quirky new series of paintings is based on the graphic”dazzle”camouflage painted on ships in the First World War
Traces of the calligrapher: Islamic calligraphy in  Practice, C. 1600 – 1900 and writing the word of God:Calligraphy and the Qura’n
Location: Asia Society and Art Museum, New York
Date: October 7th through February 8th- 2009
Organized by: Museum of Fine Arts, Houston and Harvard
University Art Museums.
These exhibitions present examples of Islamic calligraphy, such as practice exercises, manuscripts, and folios from Qur’an, alone with the tools used to create this masterful works. The approximately 160 objects on view explore the social prestige associated with this elegant esteemed work
The Burden of Representation
Location: International art and artists, Washington, D.C
Date: November 7- December 21, 2008
Organized by: Arts & artists
The burden of representation: contemporary photography from Iran features new works by six Tehran-based photographers. The selected works offer insight in to multiple layers of Iranian society as experienced by those living within it.
Each artist combine varying techniques within the medium of photography to express the profound and complex sentiments one feels about one’s homeland. Through there lenses, we see the humor and the tragedy, the tranquility and the turbulence, the fear and the security of life in Iran
Kaveh Golestan – Recording the Truth in Iran
Location: London School of Economics and Political Science, Atrium Gallery, Old Building , London England
Date: November 10 - through December 19 - 2008 
Organized by: Iran Heritage Foundation and the Kaveh Golestan Foundation in Association with London school of Economics and political Science
Photography brought Golestan word wide acclaim. In 1979 he received a Robert Capa award. Regular contributor to Time Magazine, he became noted documentary filmmaker. In 1991 he released the acclaimed film Recording the Truth, about the situation of journalism in Iran. Golestan was the photojournalist with the longest  continuous presence in Iran from before the revolution until his death in 2003.

Beyond Words: Contemporary Calligraphy from the Middle East
Location: Gallery Kashya Hildebrand Zurich, Switzerland
Date: October 26 through December 6, 2008 
Organized by: Gallery Kashya Hildebrand Zurich
The Gallery program Focuses on representing and promoting emerging artists from across Europe and countries such as China, Russia, India Iran, Korea, Taiwan and United States.
Many of these artists straddle two cultures, a phenomenon which they also address in their art. They explore the issues of hybridize and cultural tension between the East and the West, the Ancient and contemporary, the sacred and the profane.
30 years of solitude
Location: Asia House Gallery, London England
Date: September 27 -2008 through January 2009
Organized by:
Asia House and Iran heritage foundation
in collaboration with new hall, Cambridge
This exhibition brings together a fascinating section of works by some of Iran’s most talented and extraordinary women artist. Through photography and film it focuses on the feelings of anxiety, isolation and the sense of loss that Iranian Society, and Women artists in particular, have been experiencing in the last 30 years, living in Iran.
Kufic Korans, Calligraphy in the world of Islam
Location: Museum of fine Arts, Boston
Date: February 2, through November 2, 2008
Organized by: Museum of fine Arts, Boston
The Exhibition features abroad range of visual cultures, from Egypt to Iran, united by an appreciation for beautiful Arabic text. Calligraphy serves many purposes in Islamic art, from conveying meaning to acting as decoration, and its importance began in the early days of Islam, when Muslims believe that god first revealed the Koran to Mohammad.
The Koran is the holy text and foundation of Islam, and skilled Calligraphers throughout centuries have striven to make the text itself beautiful.
An Exhibition of contemporary Middle Eastern Art
Location: Waterhouse and Dodd
Date: October 7-Through 25 – 2008
Organized by: Waterhouse and Dodd
Route will showcase the work of 15 eminent and emerging artists from around the globe and will be an annual event in water house and Dodd’s
This exhibition brings together sculptures, photographers, print makers and painters originally from the Middle East an Arab World.
Beyond orientalism How the west was Won over by Islamic Art
Location: Islamic Art museum Malaysia Kuala Lammpur
Date: July 17 through October 17 
Organized by:  
Europe and America were inspired by The orient and its artistic out put. Western painters were so impressed. They travel extensively in the Middle- East and India, recording the view of the region that was irresistible to Victorians with the sense of romance.
This orient list Artist dominated 19 century art until the Inevitable change of fashion arrived. For decade their works was denigrated. Now that the people it was said to patronize have become the biggest buyers, attitude are changing orientalist art is fashionable once again. Instead of being about how European and American artist depicted the Islamic world changed aesthetics in the west. This is most visible in decorative arts, specially glass and ceramic, but is also applied to architecture and fine arts. Well in 20 Century 
Perspective Y.Z. Kami
Location: Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, Smithsonian Institution Washington, DC
Date: Until October 2008
Organized by:  
An exhibition two monumental portraits From Y.Z. Kami’s current series depicting individuals in meditation. Each subject, rendered with soft focus and simple palette, emanate a sense of peace and western aesthetic and mystical traditions to create large- scale works that explore the movement between the physical world and the inward spiritual journey. In his third and largest work on view poetry and religious architecture also gives forms to divine. 
Persian Visions Contemporary Photograph From Iran
Location: Mulvane Art Museum, Topeka, Kansas
Date: May 17 through August 24  
Organized by: Ilex Foundation, the University of Minnesota McKnight arts and humanities Endowment- And department of art, Regis center of art, University of Minnesota
Persian visions presents more than 80 images that provides a revealing view of Iranian life and experience. The 20 artist’s featured are among Iran’s most celebrated and include Esmail Abbasi (references to Persian literature), Bahram Jalali, Shariar tavakoli (family histories), Mehran Mohajer, Shoukoufeh Ali dousti ( self portraits and family photographs) some have lived abroad and returned to view their homeland from a changed perspective. Ant exotic and specific, these images make up the first survey of contemporary Iranian photography to be presented in the United States
 This is that place Tehran 2006  
Location: Tate Gallery, London, England
Date: June 4 through August 10, 2008
Organized by: Tate Gallery
This is the first major UK exhibition of work by Mitra Tabrizian, an Iranian British photographer and film director her work combine documentary and film techniques to make elaborate photographic tableaux. Bringing together a selection of works from the last eight years, the exhibition focuses on the rise Of corporate culture, the exhibition includes Tehran 2006, a panoramic photograph showing a modern but run – down residential area, populated by disparate group of people while is constructed photograph, all the Characters ‘play’ themselves.
Ardeshire Mohasses Art and Satire in Iran   
Location: Asia Society and Museum, 2nd floor, star Galleries, 725 Park Avenue, New York  
Date: May 23rd- August 3rd -2008   
Supported by: Doris Duke foundation for Islamic art and Sheila and Hassan Nemazee
Ardeshir Mohases Art and Satire in Iran brings together nearly 70 rarely seen drawings by Ardeshire     Mohassess on loan from the library of congress in  Washington DC and from several private collections  In this country.
Mohasses born 1938 Iran is a self  thought artist with philosophical sense of humor. Its drawing expresses the ironic and absurd condition as  witnessed both. before and after the Iranian  revelation in 1979. Since the early 1960s, his elaborate tableaux as well as simple, raw drawings created for newspapers and magazines- including New York Times have been exhibited in Iran, Europe, Asia and the United States.
This exhibition focuses on monochromatic ink drawings by this legendary artist that provide unique insight into Iranian history. Some of the works have never been publicly exhibited.
MuraqqaImperial Muqhal Albums from the Chester Beatty Library, Dublin
Location: Arthur M. Sackler Gallery.Washington, DC
Date: May 3, 2008- August 3, 2008
Supported by:
Art Services International in Alexandria, Virginia support for national tour and catalog has been provided by the Annenberg Foundation; culture Ireland; the E Rhodes and Leona B. carpenter foundation; and an indemnity from the federal council on the arts and the humanities.
The Arthur M. Sackler Gallery has received support for this exhibition from the embassy Of India to the United States. His excellency Michael Collins, ambassador of Ireland to the United States of America is honorary patron of the exhibition.
This exhibition brings together 82 masterpieces- many not previously exhibited in the United States, among the most remarkable of Mughal paintings and calligraphies are those commissioned by the Emperors? Jahangir (r.1605-27) and shah Jahan (r.1627-58) for display in lavish imperial albums. A window in to the world-views of the emperors, these exquisite images depict the emperors, the imperial family in relaxed private settings, Sufi saints and mystics allies and courtiers, and natural history subjects many folios are full- page painting with superb figural borders, others are collages of European, Persian and Mughal works collected by the Emperors. Produced by the atelier’s leading artist, they reveal the conceptual and artistic sophistication of the arts of the book at its apex in the seventeenth century. Moraqqa; imperial modern albums from The Chester Beatty library, Dublin is organized and circulated by art services International in Alexandria Virginia
Every picture tells a story
Location: Portland (Oregon) Art Museum
Date: February 16, 2008- July 27, 2008
Supported by:  
The exhibition features 26 works, including magnificently preserved complete manuscript of the Yusuf and Zolaikha and Jami (a tale of the biblical Joseph and potiphr’s wife, as retold by 15th century poet Jami ). The majority of the brilliantly colored and exquisitely detailed paintings in the exhibition are from The shahnameh manuscripts, allowing the visitors to trace historical changes in illustration from the 14th to 19th centuries. other works offer visual interpretations of khalila wa dimna, a collection of animal fables, the khamsa Five tale) of the poet Nizami, and other literary classics.
Masterpieces of Islamic Art from the Aga Khan Museum Collection
Location: Temporary Exhibition Gallery, Calouste Gulbenkian Museum, Lisbon, Portugal
Date: March 14 - July 6, 2008
Supported by:  
Masterpieces of Islamic Art reveals 1000 years of artistic production from the 9th to the 19th century. The pieces are representative of a wide geographical region, ranging from Spain to Indonesia.

Among the works in the exhibition, the visitor will find illuminated manuscripts, metal and glass objects, textiles, jewelery and paintings, many of which have already been shown in Parma, London and Paris.
After Revolution Contemporary Photography From Tehran and California
Location: City Hall, San Francisco
Date: April 16- June 27, 2008 
Supported by: San Francisco Arts Commission, Azita Raji & Cary Syman, electric works, Photo Alliance, Grants for the Arts, and page Image works.
After the revolution is the first substantial exhibition mounted in the US featuring photography by young emerging artists from Tehran. In addition the work from Tehran will be exhibited alongside photographs by emerging artists of Iranian descent living in California, these creating a rich dialog around the hopes and concerns of Iranian and Iranian diaspora. after the revolution will feature approximately 100 photographs by the participating artists.The artists all under the age of 40 were born around or after 1979 Iranian Revolution. 
Masters of nastaliq
Location: Tehran Museum of contemporary Art
Date: June 8, through -2008 
Supported by: The culture and Islamic guidance ministry’s office for visual arts, the association of Iranian calligraphers and visual arts department of Tehran’s art bureau are the cosponsors of the event.
Nastaliq is one of the main genres of Islamic calligraphy. It was developed in Iran in 14th 15th centuries has been popular in Persian, Turkish and south Asian cultural spheres of influence.
Some of the works on display date back to Safavid and Qajar eras and some are creations of contemporary artist. The exhibition also displaying traditional Instruments used for Iranian calligraphy Which include various kinds of pen holders Penknives, and scissors,
Kaveh Golestan: Recording the truth in Iran
Location: Department of Social Anthropology & Institute for Iranian Studies, University of St. Andrews, Fife, Scotland
Date: June 13 - 16, 2008 
Supported by: San Francisco Arts Commission, Azita Raji & Cary Syman, electric works, Photo Alliance, Grants for the Arts, and page Image works.
Kaveh Golestan was the photojournalist with the longest continuous presence in Iran from before the Revolution until his death in 2003. This retrospective exhibition of his stark black and white photography covers the period from 1975 to the late 1990s, beginning with his iconic social realism of Tehran's disenfranchised. Golestan was an eyewitness to the Iranian Revolution and his photographs not only capture the major political upheavals that radically changed his country into an Islamic Republic; they are an intimate portrayal of a people and society in rapid transition.

Photography brought Golestan worldwide acclaim. In 1979 he received the Robert Capa Award. A prize collected thirteen years later, due to the political climate in Iran. A regular contributor to Time magazine, he became a noted documentary filmmaker. In 1991 he released the acclaimed film Recording the Truth, about the situation of journalists in Iran.
The Arts of Islam: Truly God is beautiful and truly loves all
Location: Tourism Development & Investment Company (TDIC)
Emirates Palace Hotel - Gallery One
Date: Jan 23 - April 31, 2008
Supported by:  
With a vast range of decorative arts from the Islamic world, The Khalili collection of Islamic Art includes masterpieces from the 7th to the 20th century. The exhibition showcases exquisite treasures from a broad spectrum of media from as far east as China, India and Iran, across the Middle East to North Africa and Spain. A unique collection of the world's finest Islamic art, some being shown for the first time
Made in Tehran
Location: Cicero Gallery for Political Photography Berlin, Germany
Date: November 21, 2007 - January 25, 2008
Supported by:  
The show exhibits the work of six young Iranians, all born between 1974 and 1981, who have all studied photography in Tehran. While the woman have very different artistic visions, the photographs are all marked by the theme of identity, of being young and female in today's Iran and of how that generation views the past. While some of the photographs capture everyday scenes others use collage and other methods to create individual and distinctive photographic styles.

Featured artists: Mehraneh Atashi, Gohar Dasthi, Ghazaleh Hedayat, Shadi Ghadirian, Hamila Vakili, Newsha Tavakolian


IQSA Ten year Anniversary 2010 conference:
Retrospective and Prospects: Reflections on the study of the Qajar Era
Location: Mary Ogilivie lecture Theater, ST Anne’s college Woodstock Road, Oxford ,Ox2 6JF
Date: Wednesday August 11-Friday August 13, 2010
Organized by:
I QSA and ST Antony’s Collage, University of Oxford, UK

The international Qajar studies Association (IQSA) is anon - profit, on political, educational, cultural, and social association, whose aim is to be a forum for the exchange of views among scholars of the Qajar (Kadjar) era and members of the public at large, in order to ensure the survival of the contributions of the Qajares (kadjars) and the (Kadjar) era for future generations.

Iran: After the 2009 Elections
Domestic, Regional and International Dimensions
A Symposium at the University of Maryland
Location: Orem Hall, Samuel Riggs IV Alumni Center, Stadium Drive University of Maryland, College Park
Date: Friday, November 6, 2009; 9 a.m.–3:30 p.m.
Organized by:
Organized by: Presented by: The “Roshan Institute” Center for Persian Studies and the Sadat Chair for Peace and Development.  

Co-sponsored by: The School of Languages, Literatures and Cultures, the College of Arts and Humanities, and the Philip Merrill College of Journalism
A daylong symposium at the University of Maryland will bring together a stellar roster of experts and specialists, primarily academics and journalists, to discuss the domestic, regional and international  implications of the election. Because of its worldwide significance, the issue of Iran’s nuclear program will also be a focal point of the symposium's deliberations.
For a complete agenda and to register online at:
Historically & Iran in Comparative perspective
Location: Institute of Iranian studies, University of St Andrews and Iran Heritage foundation in collaboration with the center of transnational History, University of St Andrews
Date: I0-13 September 2009
Organized by:
Institute of Iranian Studies, University of St Andrews
A conference focusing on the developments in the historiography of Iran in comparative perspective.

The Persian speaking world has enjoyed a long tradition of historical writing which sought to situate the Iranian people within particular narrative of descent and historical development. These narratives were to be challenged with introduction of new historical methods from Europe in the late 19th century. By the late 20th century here was dramatic increase in historical writing in Iran, partly as a consequence of the need to produce new national narratives and partly the result of the demand engendered by the growth in literacy and communications. The writing of History, reflecting realities of the day, has more often than not proved to be profoundly political act. Historical texts, narratives, And memoirs have all south to shape and define the way in which Iranian have thought of themselves and their history.
Iranian Jewry: from past to present
Location: University of Maryland, College Park Library of Congress James Madison Building Mumford Room
Date: November 1-3, 2008
Sponsored by:
The Joseph and Rebecca Meyerhoff Center for Jewish studies. The Roshan Cultural Heritage Institute center for Persian studies University of Maryland, college park and co hosted by the Hebraic section and near east section African and middle eastern division library of congress, Washington, D.C
This interdisciplinary conference encourage Investigations not only with an eye on contemporary socio-political dynamics, but further, and more importantly, with the aim gradual to fill some of the lingering gaps in our knowledge about Iranian and Jewry, ultimately to enrich both fields of Iranian and Jewish studies. In this spirit, the conference welcomes abroad range of investigations in to previously unexamined or under-explored historical and cultural contributions of Iranian Jews to Persian and /or Jewish cultures.
Seventh biennial Conference on Iranian Studies
Location: Park Hyatt Toronto
Date: July 31st- August 3rd 2008
Organized by:  ISIS International Society for Iranian Studies
The conference on Iranian studies will bring Toronto approximately 250 scholars from various parts of the world for the presentation of their current research on Iran.
This is the largest international gathering of scholars, who study, teach and write on Iran.
The Seventh Biennial Conference of the international Society for Iranian studies
Location: Park Hyatt Hotel, Toronto, Canada
Date: July 31 - August 3, 2008
Supported by:  
The conference includes a book exhibit by publishers of titles of general interest to scholars as well as the wider reading public in various fields of Iranian and Iran-related cultures, literatures, arts, religions, and civilizations.

The Program Committee will complete its deliberations and contact all individuals who have proposed papers and panels by February 15, 2008.
Forugh Farrokhzad (1935-1967): 40 year Anniversary conference
Location: University of Manchester, UK
Date: July 4 - 5 , 2008
Supported by:  
Iran's arguably most influential woman poet, this international conference will gather scholars from Europe, North America and Iran to explore Forugh Farrokhzad's literary and broader cultural impact both during her lifetime and in the forty years since her passing.
Visual representations of Iran
Location: Department of Social Anthropology & Institute for Iranian Studies, University of St. Andrews, Fife, Scotland
Date: June 13 - 16, 2008
Supported by:  
Incorporating both Iranian and non-Iranian visualizations, the goal of this conference is to explore anthropologically the wide range of filmic representations of Iran.

The conference will gather together anthropologists, ethnographers, film-makers, photographers and artists from Iran and elsewhere, who are interested in the visual representation of Iran. It aims to bring these experts into dialog to interpret and theorize visual representations of Iran


  • International Museum of Women, Mahnaz Afkhami on
    Women and the Future of the Middle East
    Mahnaz Afkhami is the Founder and President of
    Women’s Learning Partnership, Executive Director
    of the Foundation for Iranian Studies and Chairwoman
    of the International Museum of Women’s Global Council.
    Omni San Francisco Hotel, CA
    Wednesday June 2, 2010



The 100th Islamic Art Festival Iranian artist Kambiz Saberi to attend Munich Islamic Art
Location: Museum of Ethnology, Munich Germany
Date: November 29 Through February 17
Organized by: Fitz William Museum in association with Iran Heritage Foundation. In partnership with the Cambridge Shahnama project
Iranian sculptor Kambiz Sabri will participate in the 100th Islamic Art Festival in Munich, Germany. The artist said he has been invited by festival organizers to present his artworks and speak about modern art in Iran.
The festival will take place from November 29-February 17 within the project “Changing Views: 100 years after the Exhibition Masterpieces of Muhammadan [Islamic] Art in Munich”.
The festival will be held in three categories, namely music, theater and visual arts. The latter mainly highlights calligraphy as a common cultural element of human society.
“This year, however, festival organizers tried to hold new perspectives in Islamic art considering other visual art branches such as sculpture,” Sabri said. He added, “My sculptures are inspired by a quotation by Imam Ali (AS)--the first Shiite imam, ‘People are asleep; they wake up after death’. The festival organizers enjoyed the idea, and invited me to attend the prestigious event.”
The artist said he would lecture on modern perspectives to Iranian art, and introduce influential figures in Persian art in the past two decades. Sabri also said that Iranian theater troupes and musicians will participate in the German exhibit as well.
Canada Host Iranian Sculpture Mohamad Reza Yazdi
Location: Canada
Date: Augest 26, 2010
Organized by: Morton Burke
A sculpture by Iranian artist Mohammad-Reza Yazdi has been erected in Canada where the 2010 edition of the Bergen Rocks Sculpture Symposium was held. Yazdi participated in the event with a stone sculpture inspired by the earthenwar. Found in Ancient city of.. Susa. Yazdi was invited along with four other sculptors from Germany, Canada, Cuba and Thailand, who were selected from among 59 international applicants.
Six art experts including sculptors, art critics, and a musician were in charge of vetting this year's participants. The works were chosen based on their aesthetics and symbolic significance.
The symposium is funded and held by Morton Burke, who buys all the raw material and hosts artists in his sculpture park. Since the symposium's first edition in 2008, some of the 15 heavy statues created by participants have attracted art-lovers, but none have been purchased to date.
S. Korean Festival to screen Iranian Animation
Seoul International Cartoon and animation festival in south Korean Capital
Date: July 22 to 26 - 2009
Organized by: SICAF
The event’s 2009 people focus has been devoted to Iran’s Ali- Akbar sadeqi and will screen his Maleck Khorshid, cities, Flower Storm, Rock and Zal and Simorgh produced between 1971 and 1977.

Sadeghi has participated in numerous national and international festivals, including 2002 Cannes junior, 2005 Los Angeles film festival and 2007 Bolonia Int’l film festival.

Abdollah Alimorad,s Bahador, Mahin Javaherian’s Hajar’s wedding, Behzad Farahat,s returning home
And Farkhondeh Torab’s Shangoul and Mangoul will also be screened in the festival’s SICAF perspective section.
Iran Inside Out Art Festival
Chelsea Art Museum, New York
Date: July 14, 2009
Organized by: PAF
Persian Arts festival collaborates with the Chelsea Art Museum proudly present a panel discussion to contextualize its current exhibition, Iran Inside out.
The panel will be comprised of artists in the exhibition as well as the exhibition’s Curator.

Iran Inside Out is groundbreaking exhibition featuring 35 artists that leave and work in Iran, some exhibiting abroad for the first time, alongside 21 others living in the Diaspora. the result is multifarious portrait of 56 contemporary  Iranian artists challenging the conventional Perceptions of Iran and Iranian Art
Iran Inside Out Film series at Chelsea Art Museum
Chelsea Art Museum
Date: Every Wednesday, July15- August 19 at 9 pm
Organized by: Chelsea Art Museum, Rooftop Films,and Arte East
This film series presents brilliant features and short films and documentaries by well established and emerging Iranian directors. the series Iran Inside Out’s five thematic pillars: War and politics, Gender and Sexuality, Culture and Commodity, reinventing the traditional Art forms and street culture within Teheran.
The Glass House
Paramount Center for the Arts, Peek skill, NY
Saturday August 1st, 8:00 pm
Chelsea Art Museum “Iran Inside Out” film Series
Wednesday August 12th

Museum of fine Arts, Boston
August 29th-September 3rd
Colorado  Springs, Co
October 16th and 19th
Freer Gallery and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Washington, DC
October 22nd

Aero Theater
Los Angeles, CA
October 28th

And in the works: San Francisco, Atlanta, Houston & Chicago International Screenings:

July 29 &30- Salvador, Brazil- Seminario de Cinema

August 3-9- Prizzen, Kosovo- Doku Fest film festival

September 9-14- South Africa- TriCotinental film festival

October 21-28- Nor way- Bergen film festival.
Organized by: Omid Meher Center
This documentary by Hamid Rahmanian follows four girls who strive to pull themselves out of the margins of Iranian Society by attending the Omid-e –Mehr center, A center for troubled teens in Tehran
Canada to screen Iranian short films
Location: Richmond hill center for the performing Arts
Date: August 13 to 15, 2009
Organized by: (IYCS)  Iranian Young Cinema Society
 The event will present over 100 fiction, experimental, Documentary and animation productions from the Iranian Young cinema society.

Panel discussion sessions will also be held about film Making in Iran and the presence of young Iranian directors in international festivals.

(IYCS) Established in1974, has some 50 branches across the country with the mission to train young film Makers, produced and distribute short films and organize an annual international film festival
Muslim Voices: Arts& Ideas 
New York City
Date: June 5 Through 14
Organized by: Asian Society- BAM- NYU Center for Dialogues 
Muslim Voices :Arts & Idea is a10 day multi – venue arts festival and conference celebrating the extraordinary range of artistic expression throughout the Muslim world More than 100 Muslim artists and speakers from as far a way as Asia, Africa and the Middle East- and as near as Brooklyn- will gather for performances, films exhibitions, talk and other events, ranging from the traditional (calligraphy, story telling and near as Brooklyn- will gather for performances, films exhibition, talks and other events, ranging from the traditional(calligraphy, story telling and Sufi chanting) to the contemporary (video installations and Arabic hip-hop) Festival presentations and programs aim to present multiple perspectives from the Muslim world and will take place throughout the city To the mainstage offerings and complementary education and humanities event from the Asia Society, bam and the NYU center for dialogues, there will be festival programs taking place at the Austrian cultural forum New York, the Brooklyn Museum, the museum of African diasporas Arts, the metropolitan Museum of Art and the New York public library.
The Persian Cats” at 62nd Cannes Film Festival
Cannes, France
Date: May 13, Through 24, 2009
Organized by: Cannes Film festival
DIRECTED BY: Bahaman Ghobadi
No One Knows about Persian Cats, explores the underground music scene in Teheran which, perhaps, unexpectedly, turns out to be a hotbed of rappers, metal bands and indie rockers who sport strokes T- Shirts and line their rehearsal spaces with joy Division posters the film continues Ghobadi’s long term interest in kinds of political resistance offered by music segment from telegraph media Group limited.
The Song of Sparrow's
Cinema Arts Theatre, Fair Fax Virginia
Date: June 19, 2009
Organized by:  
DIRECTED BY: Majid Majidi
Karim works at ostrich farm outside of Teheran, Iran He leads a simple and contented life with his family in his small house,until one day when one of the ostriches runs away Karim is blamed for the loss and is fired from the farm soon after, he travels to the city in order to repair his elder daughter’s hearing aid but finds himself mistaken for a motorcycle taxi driver Thus begins his new: profession ferrying people and goods through heavy traffic But the people and material goods that he deals with daily starts to transform Karim’s generous and honest nature, much to the distress of his wife and daughters It is up to those closest to him to to restore the values that he had once cherished.
NAVA Music Ensemble
John F Kennedy Center for the performing Arts
Date: May 30th 2009
Organized by: Nava Music Ensemble
Throughout many years of teaching Shahriar Saleh realized that they are many talented Iranian music students,who would further advance, if they’ have a chance to perform together therefore, he stablish the NAVA ensemble about five years ago the young members of this ensemble are mostly of Iranian descent ranging from eight to twenty years of age, although some older players also participate the goal of establishing this ensemble is to give these young players a purpose and an incentive to learn and to play the great Persian Classical Pieces they shoud then be able to share it with their American friends and the rest of the world, as the world is indeed becoming smaller and smaller.
Iranian Film Festival 2009
The Freer’s Thirteenth annual festival of Iranian films
Smithsonian Freer Gallery of Art and Arthure M.Sackler Gallery Meyer Auditorium
Date: January 9 through- Feburary 20, 2009
Organized by:
BO Smith of the Museum of Fine Arts. Boston. With the support of Ilex foundation:
Olga M. Davidson and Nilofar Fotouhi.
This series is cosponsored by the Ilex foundation.
Banana Skin:      Ali Atshani
Three Women:   Manijeh Hekmat
Head Wind :       Mahamood Rasoulof   
Lose Rope:        Mehrshad Karkhani’s
Over There        Abdolreza Kahani
Santouri:            DariMeherjuies
These films are in Persian with English subtitles. descriptions adapted from the museum of fine Arts, Boston. unless other- wise indicated
 Middle Eastern film Festival Focuses on Iran
Location: Film house
Date: January 31 through 19 February 2009
Organized by: Edinburgh international festival of Middle Eastern spirituality and peace (MESP) and Edinburgh Iranian Festival.
The festival reintroduces some of the most significant works of the last two decades of Iranian cinema, from Auteur directors Bahram Beizai (Bashu the little strenger), Abbas Kiarostami (wher is my friend house?) And Amir Naderi( the Runner) to Lesser known, but influential, female directors such Rakshan Bani Etemad (Nargess), Tahmineh milani (two Women) and Manijeh Hekmat (Three Women).
The scourge of war is the focus of the scent of josephis shirt by Ebrahim Hatamikia, while the new generation of Iranian filmmakers is represented with (As simple as that) Seyed Reza-Karimi Lonely tune of Teheran (saman Salur). And have you another apple? (bayram Fazeli)  
Iranian Film screening in 2009 Rotterdam International film festival
Location: Rotterdam, Netherlands
Date: January 29, through February 2009  
Organized by: International film Festival, Roterdom
Rouhallah Hejzi’s first feature-length production will compete for the annual event’s Tiger award which Bakhshis’s 2008 film will go for the Festival’s tiger award for the short film both production of Iran’s’ documentary and experimental film center (DEFC) Bakhshi’s Bagh Dad Bar Ber participated in Locarno International film Festival and among the Claude has been screened at Vancouver and Russian Film festivals. Hejazi production will also participate in the 2009 Palm Spring International film festival in US.
Iranian Cultural Festival
Location: University of Lisbon Hosts
Date: December 2- 5 – 2008
Organized by: Division of Cultural Activities of the University of Lisbon and the Embassy of the Islamic Republic of Iran
The Boston festival of films from Iran has become one of the most extensive showcases of contemporary Iranian cinema in the United States and his year’s fifteen- film program highlights documentaries, dramas, and comedies by both veteran and new directors.
                                                                        Renowned director MAJID MAJIDI, kicks off the festival on November 7 with a screening of his latest film, the song of the Sparrows, on opening night Majidi will be present to receive the ILEX foundation award for excellence in Iranian cinema.
The Boston Festival of films from Iran
Location: Museum of fine Arts, Boston
Date: November 7- 30 – 2008
Organized by:  Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
The Boston festival of films from Iran has become one of the most extensive showcases of contemporary Iranian cinema in the United States and his year’s fifteen- film program highlights documentaries, dramas, and comedies by both veteran and new directors.
                                                                        Renowned director MAJID MAJIDI, kicks off the festival on November 7 with a screening of his latest film, the song of the Sparrows, on opening night Majidi will be present to receive the ILEX foundation award for excellence in Iranian cinema.
Documentaries from Iran:

Dream of Silk and Tehran has no more Pomegranates’.
Directed by, Nahid Rezai
President Mir Qanbar
Directed by Pershang Sadegh- Vaziri
Location: Smithsonian, Freer Gallery of art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, the Meyer Auditorium, Washington, D.C
Date: November 13. 7 pm       November 20. 7 pm
Sponsored by: Link TV and search for common ground (SFCG) as part of bridge to Iran
A discussion with Iranian film maker Pershang Sadegh – Vaziri, a producer for Link Television on the bridge to Iran Series and a teacher of film studies courses at New York University, follows above screenings.
Edinburgh to stage Iran’s Devil Ship 
Location: Edinburgh international film festival
Date: August 8 through to 31
Sponsored by:  
Renowned Iranian actor- director Attila Pesyani is slated to staged his devil’s ship at the Edinburgh international film festival in Scotland. The play recounts the story of five women living on an island deserted by men who are contemplating whether to leave or to stay.
First staged at 2008 Fajr international theater festival. In his youth, Attila Pesyani worked with peter brook and the legendary polish theater maker Tadeusz Kentor.
Iranian film maker to try his hand at Mozart “Cosi Fan Tutte"
Location: Aix –en Provence Music Festival, France
Date: July 4th through 19th, 2008
Sponsored by:  
The festival said the production would be staged eight times with French baroque conductor Christophe Rousse in charge of the musical direction and London’s English National Opera co producing.

The opera is to run in London later.
Iranian Film Festival 2008
Location: Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, Meyer Auditorium, Washington, D.C.
Date: January 4 - February 17, 2008
Sponsored by:  
The Freer's Twelfth annual film Festival features six new Iranian films this year:
Persian Carpet
15 directors explore the meaning of this iconic textile.

Unfinished Stories
Three interlocking stories play out in this film by Pourya Azarbayjani

Iran, Seven faces of Civilization
Drawing on historical and archaeological evidence, the film's advanced animation techniques bring ancient wonders to life, giving an unprecedented look at Iran's cultural achievements. A fascinating documentary by Dr. Farzin Rezaeian.

Havana File
The story of an idealistic, Western-educated PhD graduate who finds himself the patsy of an elaborate smear campaign. From award-winning director Alireza Raisian.

Rule of the Game
A socio-economic comedy by Ahmad Reza Motamedi.

Red Robin
Islamic and Christian traditions merge mysteriously in this allegorical tale of death and resurrection from director Parviz Sheikhtadi.
Location: Local Movie Theater, Washington D.C. Metro Area
Date: January - February 2008
Sponsored by:  
Directed by Marjane Satrapi and Vincent Paronnaud An Oscar nominee, Persepolis, is a black-and-white animated film, largely in French, about an Iranian girl forced to live in exile when things in her country get too tumultuous. Her leftist parents force her to live abroad not so much because the climate is dangerous in general ­ though it is ­ but because Marjane seems to lack a censor button when it comes to voicing her opinions and generally doing as she wishes. An art-house cartoon about war and revolution as seen through the eyes of a potential Blossom, though, is more than just unique ­ it's rich, eye-catching, ducational, and, yes, crowd-pleasing in both its engaging narrative and charming, ultimately relatable heroine.
Location / Date:
National Cathedral's Center for Global Justice and Reconciliation, Washington D.C.
Perry Auditorium at 7pm -
January 9, 2008

Friends of Film Library Screening, Palisades Library, Pacific Palisades CA
861 Alma Real Drive at 6:30 PM -
February 6, 2008

UC Berkeley (ISAA), Berkeley CA
Dwinelle Hall Room #145 at 7:00 PM - 10:00 PM - February 21, 2008
Sponsored by:  
Directed by Jahangir Golestan-Parast a documentary that tells the moving story of two Americans who endure the devastation of the 2003 earthquake that struck the city of Bam. The film depicts the hospitality, care and assistance ordinary Iranians and the international community gave in the throes of this tragedy around the story of two people caught in the middle of a crisis halfway around the world.
58th International Berlin Film Festival: Avaze Gonjeshk-ha (The Song Of Sparrows)
Location: Berlinale - Berlin, Germany
Date: February 2008
Sponsored by:  
Directed by Majid Majidi
In competition for the "Golden Bear" prize, the film was praised by the head of the Berlin Film Festival, Dieter Kosslick, who branded it "a fantastic film". "You get an amazing feeling just watching the film". Held in Berlin, Germany, the Berlinale is one of the world's leading film festivals and is considered the biggest publicly attended film festival, world wide.