The Infinite Possibility In The Mirror Art of Monir
Shahroudy Farmanfarmaian In Chrysler Museum's New
Artist draws from Iranian heritage and avant-garde
innovation in mirror sculptures and geometric drawings
she created over four decades
Va. -- Discover the geometric wonder of the art
of Monir Shahroudy Farmanfarmaian.
The Chrysler Museum of Art presents a selection
of the acclaimed artists intricate mirror
works and drawings in its Glass Projects Space (G.
118) from March 17 through July 30, 2017. Admission
to Monir Sharoudy Farmanfarmaian: Infinite PossibilityMirror
Works and Drawings, 19742014 is free.
Farmanfarmaians art reflects a life lived
between two cultures, combining the patterns and
geometry found in the traditional art of her native
Iran with the modern abstraction of the New York
Born in Iran in 1924, Farmanfarmaian moved to New
York in 1945 and studied at Cornell University and
Parsons School of Design. She studied dance with
Martha Graham and spent time with art scene notables
Jackson Pollock, Willem de Kooning, and Larry Rivers.
She made ends meet working in the Bonwit Teller
advertising department alongside Andy Warhol.
Following her 1957 marriage
to Abolbashar Farmanfarmaian, she returned to Iran,
where the couple were social mainstays during a
high time for Iranian art. She traveled the country,
developing appreciation of traditional craftsmanship:
from Turkoman jewelry and clothing to narrative
coffee house paintings. Working with skilled artisans,
she refined her style of mirrored geometric abstraction,
partially inspired by a visit to the Shah Cheragh
mosque in Shiraz, Iran. She exhibited extensively
in her own country, and was included in the 1958
When the Iranian Revolution started in 1979, Farmanfarmaian
was visiting family in the United States. Her home
was confiscated, her art was destroyed, and she
became, effectively, an exile for the next 26 years.
When she finally returned to Iran in 2004, she reestablished
her studio collaboration with craftsmen and resumed
work on her mirror sculptures.
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