The Un-Private Collection: Artist as Activist

Shirin Neshat, Soliloquy Series, 2000, The Broad Art Foundation, Santa Monica

Wednesday, December 11, 2013 |
7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

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The Broad presented visual artist and world renowned filmmaker Shirin Neshat in conversation with Christy MacLear, executive director of the Robert Rauschenberg Foundation, in The Un-Private Collection: Artist as Activist. Co-presented with the Library Foundation of Los Angeles’s ALOUD series, the talk was held at the Central Library’s Mark Taper Auditorium. In her provocative work, visual artist and filmmaker Neshat has addressed the issues of social repression in her native Iran, from where she has been exiled for most of her career. She also reaches beyond her own identity in her work to address broader concerns about freedom, individuality and the power of the erotic.

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View works by Shirin Neshat in the collections

Co-presented with the Library Foundation of Los Angeles’s ALOUD series

About The Un-Private Collection

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 livestreamed 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 public.


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