POSTPONED: Monir Farmanfarmaian: A Mirror Garden
Monir Shahroudy Farmanfarmaian (Iranian, 1924–2019), Untitled (Muqarnas), 2012, mirror, reverse-glass painting, plaster on wood, High Museum of Art, purchase with funds from the Farideh & Al Azadi Foundation, 2019.174. © Monir Shahroudy Farmanfarmaian
Monir Shahroudy Farmanfarmaian (Iranian, 1924–2019), Untitled (Circles and Squares), 2014, felt-tipped marker and colored pencil on paper, High Museum of Art, gift of the estate of Monir Shahroudy Farmanfarmaian and Haines Gallery, San Francisco, 2019.173. © Monir Shahroudy Farmanfarmaian
POSTPONED – NEW DATES TO BE DETERMINED.
This summer, the High will present the first posthumous exhibition at an American museum for Monir Shahroudy Farmanfarmaian (1924–2019), one of Iran’s most celebrated and revered visual artists, known internationally for her geometric mirror sculptures that combine the mathematical order and beauty of ancient Persian architectural motifs with the forms and patterns of hard-edged, postwar abstraction.
The exhibition’s title is borrowed from Farmanfarmaian’s 2007 memoir, co-authored by Zara Houshmand, which evokes the visual splendor of the artist’s mirror-mosaic sculptures.
Objects on view will include a selection of sculptures, drawings, textiles, and collages spanning four decades, from 1976 to 2019. The exhibition was inspired by the High’s 2019 acquisition of Farmanfarmaian’s cut-mirror sculpture Untitled (Muqarnas) (2012) as well as her 2014 drawing Untitled (Circles and Squares). Muqarnas was acquired with funds from the Farideh & Al Azadi Foundation as part of a significant gift to The Woodruff Arts Center, of which the High is an arts partner, to present work by Persian artists and to engage the Persian community.
Monir Farmanfarmaian: A Mirror Garden is organized by the High Museum of Art.
This exhibition is made possible by Premier Exhibition Series Sponsors Delta Air Lines, Inc. and Invesco; Exhibition Series Sponsors Northside Hospital and WarnerMedia; Premier Exhibition Series Supporters the Antinori Foundation, Sarah and Jim Kennedy, and Louise Sams and Jerome Grilhot; Benefactor Exhibition Series Supporter Anne Cox Chambers Foundation; Ambassador Exhibition Series Supporters Tom and Susan Wardell and Rod and Kelly Westmoreland; and Contributing Exhibition Series Supporters Lucinda W. Bunnen, Marcia and John Donnell, W. Daniel Ebersole and Sarah Eby-Ebersole, Peggy Foreman, Robin and Hilton Howell, Mr. and Mrs. Baxter Jones, Margot and Danny McCaul, Joel Knox and Joan Marmo, and The Ron and Lisa Brill Family Charitable Trust. Generous support is also provided by the Alfred and Adele Davis Exhibition Endowment Fund, Anne Cox Chambers Exhibition Fund, Barbara Stewart Exhibition Fund, Dorothy Smith Hopkins Exhibition Endowment Fund, Eleanor McDonald Storza Exhibition Endowment Fund, The Fay and Barrett Howell Exhibition Fund, Forward Arts Foundation Exhibition Endowment Fund, Helen S. Lanier Endowment Fund, Isobel Anne Fraser–Nancy Fraser Parker Exhibition Endowment Fund, John H. and Wilhelmina D. Harland Exhibition Endowment Fund, Katherine Murphy Riley Special Exhibition Endowment Fund, Margaretta Taylor Exhibition Fund, and the RJR Nabisco Exhibition Endowment Fund.