Fowler Museum “Light and Shadows: My Heart Is In the East, and I Am At the Ends of the West”

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Artist Marjan K. Vayghan (above right) brings a Building Bridges Rooftop Experience from Iran to the Fowler Museum’s Terrace. A participatory “My Heart Is In the East, and I Am At the Ends of the West” installation, Building Bridges offer food and poetry as a platform for dialogue about cultural pride and heritage.

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Opening Day Community Celebration: Light and Shadows: The Story of Iranian Jews

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An afternoon of art, music, history, and culture!
12–5 pm Galleries open. Tea and cookies provided by Ce Soir Catering.

1–4 pm
Hello! Shalom! Salam! Art Activities
Welcome the opening of the exhibition Light and Shadows and explore the works on view. As you learn about Jewish values of righteousness, design your very own tzedakah box to collect spare change for causes you believe in. Make a wish for your family as you create your own embossed silver hamsa charm, a sign for protection and good luck that is displayed in homes throughout the world, including Iran and Israel.

1–4 pm
Building Bridges Rooftop Experience
Artist Marjan K. Vayghan (above right) brings a Building Bridges Rooftop Experience from Iran to the Fowler Museum’s Terrace. A participatory “My Heart Is In the East, and I Am At the Ends of the West” installation, Building Bridges offer food and poetry as a platform for dialogue about cultural pride and heritage.

1:30 pm and 3 pm
Enjoy a brief santūr performance by UCLA freshman Timothy Halimi

2 pm
Community Welcome
Rabbi David Shofet, Younes Nazarian, and Sharon Nazarian

Fowler OutSpoken Lecture: Nahid Pirnazar on Light and Shadows
: The Tapestry of Iranian Jewish Heritage: Reflections on Historical, Sociocultural and Political Relations

In this opening day program, Nahid Pirnazar (above left), a lecturer in Iranian Studies at UCLA who teaches the history of Iranian Jews and Judeo-Persian literature, reflects on how Iranian Jews have influenced and been influenced by Iranian culture and identity. Additionally, Pirnazar discusses how, in more recent years, Iranian Jews have continued to balance their attachment to both their religious homeland, Israel, and cultural homeland, Iran, while adjusting to their new environments in the United States and elsewhere. Seating for this talk in our 300+ seat Lenart Auditorium is first-come, first-served.
EVENT DETAILS

Opening Day Community Celebration: Light and Shadows: The Story of Iranian Jews
Sunday, October 21, 2012
12–5 pm
Fowler Museum
Free program

Light and Shadows: Related Exhibitions and Events in Los Angeles

Companion Exhibitions in Los Angeles:

My Heart Is in the East, and I Am at the Ends of the West

Shulamit Gallery — October 15, 2012–January 5, 2013

Works by Ben Mayeri and contemporary artists Laura Merage, Soraya Sarah Nazarian, Farid Kia, and Jessica Shokrian

What Remains: The Iranian Jewish Experience

Hillel at UCLA — October 25–December 14, 2012
Photographs, sculpture and a video make up this exhibition representing Iranian Jewish life in LA, with works by Soraya Sarah Nazarian, Shelley Gazin, Jessica Shokrian, Krista Nassi and video installation by Tess Halavy.

Iranian Art Reimagined

The Jewish Federation Bell Family Gallery — November 1, 2012–March 31, 2013
Works by contemporary artists Jessica Shokrian, Mitra Forouzan, David Abir, Shahram Farshadfar, Tal Schochat and architect, Yassi Gabbay

“We are a reality”: Iranian Jewish History in L.A.

UCLA Charles E. Young Research Library, East Exhibit Case — November 2–December 14, 2012
Books, journals, and historical materials from UCLA Library collections that reflect the presence of Iranian Jews in Los Angeles as well as in Iran

Leaving the Land of Roses

Shulamit Gallery — January 14–March 9, 2013
Works by contemporary artists David Abir, Krista Nassi, Soraya Sarah Nazarian, Tal Shochat, and Marjan Vayhgan

Related Los Angeles Events:

Wednesday, October 24, 7:30 pm
Hammer Museum, Hammer Screenings: Jews of Iran
Jews of Iran examines the lives of the Persian Jews currently living in Iran’s predominately Islamic society. The director Ramin Farahani captures the prejudices against the Jewish minority as well as friendships among Muslims and Jews. (2005, Dir. Farahani, 52 min.)

Saturday, November 3, 2012 7– 9 pm
Shulamit Gallery
Opening reception for My heart is in the East, and I am at the ends of the West

Wednesday, November 7, 2012 7:30 pm
Hammer Museum, Hammer Conversations: Roya Hakakian & Rabbi David Wolpe
Writer Roya Hakakian and Rabbi David Wolpe discuss Iran, human rights, and the Persian Jewish diaspora. Hakakian is an author, Farsi poet, and activist whose work has appeared in The New York Times, Newsweek, Wall Street Journal and on NPR’s All Things Considered, among others. Her books include Assassins of the Turquoise Palace, about Iran’s terror campaign against exiled Iranian dissidents and the memoir Journey from the Land of No: A Girlhood Caught in Revolutionary Iran. Named the most influential Rabbi in America by Newsweek and one of the 50 most influential Jews in the world by the Jerusalem Post, Wolpe is the Rabbi of Sinai Temple in Los Angeles. He is the author of seven books, including the national bestseller Making Loss Matter: Creating Meaning in Difficult Times and Why Faith Matters. Co-presented by Sinai Temple.

Friday, November 30, 1012 2–4 pm

Charles E. Young Research Library, Presentation Room: Collecting Iranian Jewish Los Angeles: How to Preserve and Make Accessible the History of Iranian Jews in L.A.
Susan D. Anderson, curator, Collecting Los Angeles, and David Hirsch, librarian for Jewish and Middle Eastern Studies at UCLA Library will discuss the importance of research collections regarding Iranian Jewish history in L.A.  Examples of books and journals from the Library’s extensive Judaica collections, and historical materials from the Department of Special Collections, will be on view.

Saturday, January 13, 2012 7–9 pm
Shulamit Gallery
Opening reception for Leaving the Land of Roses

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