Body Politics: Celebrating Ardeshir Mohassess’ Art, and Politics

Discussions and Film Screening celebrating the work of Iranian artist Ardeshir Mohassess

September 9, 2022 will mark what would have been the 86th birthday of Ardeshir Mohasses (1938-2003); one of contemporary Iran’s most celebrated and influential artists. To observe Mohassess’ life and memory, along with his deep impact on the cultural and political landscape of modern Iran, the Ardeshir Mohassess Trust, in partnership with the CAC and Loyola University, will be hosting a multi-week event (September 16, 22, & 23) to complement the exhibition of Mohassess’ never-before-seen works, currently on view at Spillman | Blackwell Fine Art.

Join us at the CAC Black Box Theater, on September 22 and 23, for two evenings of artist and scholar discussions around the life and work of legendary Iranian artist Ardeshir Mohasses, that delves into the intersectionality of health and art. Discussions will explore Mohassess’ many achievements along with his inspiring commitment to art, political activism, and freedom; and examine Mohassess’ accomplishments both on paper and in life,while raising questions and facilitating thoughtful conversation. Mohassess continued to work hard everyday—and to be a thorn in the side of autocrats with his political satire—even as his health deteriorated, due to Parkinson's Disease, and tremors forced him to adapt his drawing style.

The panels conclude with a special screening of the documentary film Ardeshir Mohasses: The Rebellious Artist, directed by Dr. Bahman Maghsoudlou. This special program is in conjunction with the exhibition Body Politics: Celebrating Ardeshir Mohassess' Legacy in Art and Politics, on view at Spillman | Blackwell Fine Art , on view through September 24, 2022.

This program is FREE and open to the Public. Advance registration required.

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This program is made possible through the generosity of the Andrew Mellon Foundation and in partnership with Loyola University, New Orleans; Spillman | Blackwell Fine Art; the Ardeshir Mohassess Trust; Encyclopaedia Iranica Foundation; the Persian Heritage Foundation; Farhang Foundation; and the Kaarnamaa Institute of Art and Visual Culture.

Programming and Exhibitions at the Contemporary Arts Center, New Orleans are made possible through generous support from our generous supporters including: the Art for Justice Fund, a sponsored project of Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors; The Helis Foundation, the Sydney and Walda Besthoff Foundation; Greater New Orleans Foundation; National Performance Network; New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Foundation; CAC President’s Council members; and CAC Silver Circle members. We are also grateful for the generous in-kind support from The Domain Companies and Old No. 77 Hotel and Chandlery.

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