Follow-up: “Wishes and Dreams” Exhibition

A follow-up to last week’s post about the new Iranian art exhibit in Washington, D.C.:

The U.S. Department of State posted a video of Secretary Rice’s visit to the opening of the exhibit at the Meridian International Center. Included are her brief remarks to reporters, as well as a clip of her quick walk through the exhibit. Footage of her walk-through, as well as some stills at the end of the video, provides viewers with a look at some of the art on display.

[Video credit: US Dept of State. Transcript of the remarks can be found here.]

Exhibition: Wishes and Dreams

Condoleezza Rice at Wishes and Dreams
More than thirty young Iranian artists’ work went on display today in Washington, D.C., as part of “Wishes and Dreams: Iran’s New Generation Emerges”. The exhibition is a joint project between the Tehran University Art Gallery and the Meridian International Center, where it will be on display until July 29th.

The show is already receiving international attention: most major media sources covered the event, and the BBC featured the exhibition in their daily ‘In Pictures’ online feature.

Political undercurrents surfaced today as U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice attended the opening and met with 14 of the artists who are visiting from Iran. The Guardian reports that ten of the artists turned down a chance to be photographed with Rice, and that a large throng of journalists were closely watching Rice in an effort to pickup clues on the administration’s current stance on US-Iranian ties.

Clearly, however, the exhibition itself is an attempt to look beyond US-Iranian tensions and underscore the fundamental commonality and understanding between Americans and Iranians. Meridian press release stated that:

The 30 artists in this exhibition reflect Iran’s large young population—the generation of tomorrow. Their art is an example of what galleries in Tehran are actively showing in exhibitions that open weekly. Much of their art is about dreams of their own past and their historic heritage, its symbols and beliefs; it expresses their strong desire to preserve their past, as well as their concern for the future.

Washington D.C. readers can find directions to the Meridian galleries here — and hopefully will report back what they saw on Pars Arts in the near future.

[Photo credit: J. Scott Applewhite - AP]