Investigating themes that define and inform the work of Shirin Neshat, the Broad presents ALLEGORIES OF FLIGHT, an evening of music, readings, and performance in conjunction with the exhibition Shirin Neshat: I Will Greet the Sun Again, now in its final weeks.
The evening—organized with independent literary curators Louise Steinman and Maureen Moore—begins with a performance by musician brothers SaintAbdullah in the lobby and poetry readings by Naomi Shihab Nye and Natalie Diaz in Oculus Hall (with a poetry encore at the end of the event).
Black Lives Matter co-founder Patrisse Cullors will debut a specially commissioned performance work, and Davia Spain will close the evening with a live music set, “touching on themes including trans experience and institutions and systems designed to suppress ancient, ancestral knowledge.”*
Recognizing the ongoing threat to reproductive rights in the United States, ABORTION IS NORMAL—sponsored by the Downtown for DemocracyIndependent Expenditure Committee—is an “emergency art exhibition curated by Jasmine Wahi and RebeccaPauline Jampol and organized by Marilyn Minter, Gina Nanni, Laurie Simmons, and Sandy Tait.”*
Part 2 of the show opens this week at Arsenal Contemporary in Manhattan.
Contributing artists include Allison Janae Hamilton, Ameya Marie Okamoto, Amy Khoshbin, Andrea Chung, Arlene Shechet, Barbara Kruger, Betty Tompkins, Cajsa von Zeipel, CarrieMae Weems, Carroll Dunham, Catherine Opie, Cecily Brown, Chloe Wise, Christopher Myers, Christen Clifford, Cindy Sherman, Delano Dunn, Derrick Adams, Dominique Duroseau, Elektra KB, Fin Simonetti, Grace Graupe Pillard, Hank Willis Thomas, Hayv Kahraman, Jaishri Abichandani, Jack Pierson, Jane Kaplowitz, Jon Kessler, Jonathan Horowitz, Jonathan LyndonChase, Judith Bernstein, Judith Hudson, Katrina Majkut, Louise Lawler, Lyle Ashton Harris, Marisa Morán Jahn, Michele Pred, Miguel Luciano, MikaRottenberg, Nadine Faraj, Nan Goldin, Narcissister, Natalie Frank, Rob Pruitt, Ryan McGinley, Sahana Ramakrishnan, Sarah Sze, Shirin Neshat, Shoshanna Weinberger, Shout YourAbortion, Sojourner Truth Parsons, Suzy Lake, Tatyana Fazlalizadeh, Viva Ruiz, Walter Robinson, Wangechi Mutu, Xaviera Simmons, Yvette Molina, and Zoe Buckman.
New editions by Paul Chan, Rashid Johnson, and Richard Prince are alsoavailable.
On Saturday, as part of the ARRAY 360° festival, she will join Garrett Bradley for a discussion and screenings of their new films—LAND OF DREAMS (2019, Neshat) and AMERICA (2019, Bradley)—and on Sunday at the Colburn School, Neshat and her longtime collaborators Shoja Azari, Sussan Deyhim, and GhasemEbrahimian will participate in a conversation and music event as part of The Broad’s Un-Private Collection series.
Recalling the structure of Barbara (the recent Mathieu Amalric feature), Shirin Neshat’s LOOKING FOR OUM KULTHUMis a “visually dazzling film-within-a-film about an artist-filmmaker who attempts to make a film about her hero, the legendary female Arab singer Oum Kulthum. Neshat’s heroine, Mitra, struggles as she dares to cross lines in a conservative, male-dominated society—reflecting the obstacles faced by Neshat and Kulthum themselves.”*
The screening—co-presented with Otis College of Art and Design—will be followed by a Q & A with Neshat.
LOOKING FOR OUM KULTHUM, Tuesday, June 5, at 7:30 pm.