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

The Logic of Poetry and Dreams - Jennifer Saparzadeh

Thursday, Jan 23, 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.


Jennifer Saparzadeh

Jennifer Saparzadeh

Jennifer Saparzadeh makes work rooted in spiritual liberation and poetry. Her experimental documentary films meditate on the obstruction of freedoms and the people and beliefs working against them. Her most recent film, Nu Dem, was made in response to the degrading media coverage of people seeking (and being denied) refuge after the closing of Europe’s borders in 2016. She translates Farsi for her films as well as Persian pop songs for posterity. Presently, she is in the beginning stages of a film regarding the long-held ban of women singing publicly in Iran, and the inherent potency of public expression through voice and song.

About The Logic of Poetry and Dreams

“The Broad To Go” and "The Broad on the Go!" art kits were created so that kids could be creative and experience The Broad from home. The first art kits were delivered in 2020 so that families could get much-needed art supplies while school buildings were closed.

Inspired by Broad collection artists, each art kit contains art supplies, a journal, free museum passes, and art activities in English and Spanish that help develop critical thinking skills.


The Broad is proud to partner with Touch Art Supply and community organizations that are vital to families in Los Angeles and for advancing arts education.

Learn more about our community partners: 826 LA, Arts in Action, Cruzita’sGreetings from South Central, Hank’s Mini Market, Inner City ArtsLos Angeles Music and Art Schoolthe Los Angeles Public Library, Salesian Family Youth Center of Los AngelesSchool on WheelsSelf Help & Graphics Art, and South LA Café.


Special thanks to leading partner East West Bank
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