Photo of visitors looking at Shirin Neshat's work.
Gallery Event

The Logic of Poetry and Dreams - Houman Sarshar

Thursday, Jan 09, 2020
7:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
The Broad
Tickets FREE


For millennia, poetry and literature have been at the heart of Persian culture and identity, forming the foundation for much of Shirin Neshat’s practice. Emerging from the work of poets and writers from Rumi to Forugh Farrokhzad and from Attar to Shahrnush Parsipur are themes including mysticism, metaphor, exile, politics, the natural world, feminism, and intimacy, all of which are reflected in Neshat’s films and photographs.

In conjunction with Shirin Neshat: I Will Greet the Sun Again, and taking place in the exhibition galleries, poets and artists across a range of media and from varied backgrounds will read, perform, and reflect upon Neshat’s works, and delve into the universality of these very themes. Co-organized with independent literary curators Louise Steinman and Maureen Moore.

Free tickets can be booked in advance, and each event will have limited, walk-up admission on a first-come, first-served basis.


Houman Sarshar

Houman Sarshar

Dr. Houman Sarshar received his B.A. from UCLA and his Ph.D. in comparative literature from Columbia University. He is an independent scholar, the co-editor of three volumes of The Contemporary History of Iranian Jews, and a contributing author to the Encyclopædia Iranica and The Encyclopedia of Jews in the Islamic World. His publications include Esther’s Children:A Portrait of Iranian Jews, Jewish Communities of Iran: Entries on Judeo-Persian Communities published by the Encyclopædia Iranica, and The Jews of Iran: The History, Religion, and Culture of a Community in the Islamic World. Dr. Sarshar is the founder of the Kimia Foundation, dedicated to promoting the art, culture, and history of Iran. With over 5,000 original photographs, the Kimia Foundation holds the largest archive of Qajar court photography outside the Golestan Palace in Tehran. Dr. Sarshar is presently working on his next book about the role of Iranian Jews in classical and minstrel Persian music from the Safavid period to the end of the Pahlavi monarchy.

About The Logic of Poetry and Dreams

The Un-Private Collection is an ongoing series of public programs The Broad began in September 2013. The series introduces audiences to the museum’s 2,000-work contemporary art collection by showcasing stories behind the collection, the collectors and the artists. Since launching the program, The Broad has brought together a variety of artists whose works are in the Broad collection in conversation with cultural leaders, including Mark Bradford with Katy Siegel, Shirin Neshat with Christy MacLear, Jeff Koons with John Waters, Takashi Murakami with Pico Iyer, Eric Fischl with Steve Martin, John Currin with James Cuno, Kara Walker with Ava DuVernay and architect Elizabeth Diller with Eli Broad, Joanne Heyler and Paul Goldberger. Talks have been held at venues throughout Los Angeles, making the programming available to audiences across the city. Conversations are live-streamed and full videos of past talks are available online. The Un-Private Collection series is part of the Broad collection’s 30-year mission to make contemporary art accessible to the widest possible audience.

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