SAIC Iranian Studies Group

SAIC Iranian Studies Group Iranian Students Association of School of the Art Institute of Chicago considers to promote and implement activities toward the Iranian arts and culture.

Iranian Students Association of SAIC is a non-profit group open to students of all races and nationalities. This group considers to promote and implement events, meetings, exhibitions, talks and activities toward the Iranian/Persian arts and culture.

In this new The Guardian Documentary, Our Iranian Lockdown, a filmmaking duo turn the camera on themselves and capture t...
05/14/2020
Our Iranian lockdown: how coronavirus changed one couple’s life

In this new The Guardian Documentary, Our Iranian Lockdown, a filmmaking duo turn the camera on themselves and capture their lives in lockdown. Their film is an intimate portrait of the highs and the lows of love and loss in these times of great uncertainty.

In the documentary, filmed over several weeks in quarantine in Tehran, Sara Khaki and Mohammad Reza Eyni attempt to process the devastating loss of a family member to Covid-19.

A rare glimpse into the lives of a young couple in Iran, who are dealing with the grief of losing a family member during lockdown

02/11/2018
Persian Interior Designs

"Behind Closed Curtains: Interior Design in Iran" by Lena Späth now available at the Flaxman Library of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago

A German girl travels all the way to Iran. She visited every corner of this country and has been inspired by the beauty of Iranian culture and traditions. Sh...

Started in 2014 by three alumni of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Azadeh Gholizadeh (MFA 12'), Mir Yahya Mo...
11/06/2017
RezClick - Color Cocktail Factory: Calendar

Started in 2014 by three alumni of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Azadeh Gholizadeh (MFA 12'), Mir Yahya Moosavi (MFA 13') and Diana Torres (MFA 12'), Color Cocktail Factory holds painting classes and ceramic classes for enthusiasts of art and drawing in two locations in Chicago. Register for classes in Pilsen and Wicker Park from Wednesday to Sunday.

If you are in NYC, don't miss the opening reception "Of Strangers and Parrots", the first solo exhibition of Maryam Hose...
10/26/2017
upstairs: Maryam Hoseini - Exhibitions - Rachel Uffner Gallery

If you are in NYC, don't miss the opening reception "Of Strangers and Parrots", the first solo exhibition of Maryam Hoseini (MFA 16') at Rachel Uffner Gallery on Sunday, Nov 5th.
Congratulations to Maryam Hoseini!

Maryam Hoseini, Overseas (Horizon), 2017, acrylic, ink and pencil on wood panel, latex paint on wall, 20 X 18 inches, overall dimensions variable.

10/11/2017
Sanaz Sohrabi – Coco Hunday

Congratulations to Sanaz Sohrabi (MFA 14') on opening of her solo exhibition "Documents Infield" at Coco Hunday in Tampa, FL. You can check out Sanaz conversation with Elliot Reichert:

Sanaz Sohrabi (Tehran.1988) works with image making and moving image practices in order to investigate the impermanence and malleability of archival records, historical narratives, production of imagery versus production of ideology and the role of images in shaping collective memory. She holds a BF...

Last Weekend to see Sedentary Fragmentation! Hours on Saturday, Aug 26th 1-6pm and Sunday, Aug 27th 1-5pm.
08/25/2017
Quiet Revolution: On “Sedentary Fragmentation”

Last Weekend to see Sedentary Fragmentation! Hours on Saturday, Aug 26th 1-6pm and Sunday, Aug 27th 1-5pm.

At Heaven Gallery, three generations of Iranian artists (and SAIC alumni) do much to expand the definition.

[She denied herself the easy path, choosing instead to tackle thornier issues. Her preferred method of working on a prob...
07/16/2017
Maryam Mirzakhani, Stanford mathematician and Fields Medal winner, dies | Stanford News

[She denied herself the easy path, choosing instead to tackle thornier issues. Her preferred method of working on a problem was to doodle on large sheets of white paper, scribbling formulas on the periphery of her drawings. Her young daughter described her mother at work as “painting.”] #maryammirzakhani

Stanford mathematician Maryam Mirzakhani, the first and to-date only female winner of the Fields Medal since its inception in 1936, has died.

05/17/2017
Iran: The Sanctions Hotel - Witness

Iran presidential election is happening on Friday, May 19th. Here in this documentary, we watch a small impact of sanctions on Iranians' life and culture.

This film chronicles the five-year struggle of architect Amir Anoushfar and designer Shadi Parand to preserve one of Iran's largest historical buildings by t...

If you are in LA this weekend, don't miss the opening reception for "RECONSTITUTION" a group exhibition curated by Cathe...
04/21/2017
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If you are in LA this weekend, don't miss the opening reception for "RECONSTITUTION" a group exhibition curated by Catherine Taft and Hamza Walker including works by Maryam Taghavi (MFA 17'), Kathryn Andrews, Shagha Ariannia, Gretchen Bender, Dawoud Bey, Mary Ellen Carroll, Ching Ho Cheng, Tseng Kwong Chi, Sonya Clark, Joeff Davis, Sid M. Duenas, Melvin Edwards, Ridykeulous (Nicole Eisenman & A.L. Steiner), Rafa Esparza, Lauren Davis Fisher, Arshia Haq, Rachel Harrison, Sharon Hayes, Edgar Heap of Birds, Brendan Fowler/Election Reform, Gronk, Anish Kapoor, Gelare Khoshgozaran, Kang Seung Lee, Zoe Leonard, Steve Locke, M (aka Michael Chow), Van McElwee, Harold Mendez, Mike Mills, Jenny Perlin, Jefferson Pinder, Christina Quarles, Umar Rashid, Marie “Big Mama” Roseman, Peter Saul, Augustus Sherman, Mark Themann, Danh Vo, Christine Wang, Timothy E. Washington, Lawrence Weiner, and the AIDS Memorial Quilt.

04/11/2017
SONITA - Trailer

Hope to see everyone tonight in our first Docunight! 7:30pm School of the Art Institute of Chicago 1307 Maclean Building.

Free and open to public.

If 18-year old Sonita had a say in things, Michael Jackson would be her father and Rihanna her mother. She captures her dream of being a famous rapper in her scrapbook.…

An Iranian movie, "The Salesman" took home the Oscar Sunday night for best foreign language film as its director stayed ...
02/27/2017
'The Salesman' wins best foreign language Oscar

An Iranian movie, "The Salesman" took home the Oscar Sunday night for best foreign language film as its director stayed home in protest of President Trump's travel ban.

"The Salesman" took home the Oscar Sunday night for best foreign language film as its director stayed home in protest of President Trump's travel ban. Director Asghar Farhadi announced he wouldn't attend the 89th Academy Awards last month, days after President Trump signed an executive order that...

Festival of Films from Iran is coming back to Chicago Gene Siskel Film Center of the School of the Art Institute of Chic...
01/23/2017
27th Annual Festival of Films from Iran | Gene Siskel Film Center

Festival of Films from Iran is coming back to Chicago Gene Siskel Film Center of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago this February. "This longest-running showcase for Iranian cinema in North America provides an ever-changing view on contemporary Persian culture through the eyes of Iran’s inventive filmmakers."

Lantouri Me Inversion Breath Taste of Cherry 76 Minutes and 15 Seconds With Abbas... Daughter 27th Annual Festival of Films from Iran February 4 - 25 This month the Gene Siskel Film Center presents the "27th Annual Festival of Films from Iran," February 4 through 25, premiering new work from one of…

We are so excited for the upcoming array of School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC) Visiting Artists Program in Sp...
12/08/2016
SAIC - Visiting Artists Program - School of the Art Institute of Chicago

We are so excited for the upcoming array of School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC) Visiting Artists Program in Spring 2017. Great artists with diverse backgrounds and practices such as Ann Hamilton ,Huma Bhabha ,Wael Shawky ,and Walid Raad

Internationally esteemed as a school of art and design, the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC) offers a comprehensive college education centered in the visual and related arts.

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