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Let’s Not Talk About Art!
a conversation with Shahpour Pouyan


Let’s Not Talk About Art!
a conversation with Shahpour Pouyan

Date: Sun, Jun 23, 2019 02:00PM

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Enjoy a conversation between acclaimed visual artist Shahpour Pouyan, whose work is featured in The Moon exhibition, and Elizabeth Ruah, contributor to The Moon catalogue.


Together they will explore the creative process behind Pouyan’s successful art practice, exploring its roots in his childhood in Iran, and discussing the role of revolution, war, and military family history.


From his early paintings to his latest sculptures, this conversation will cover the highlights of his career, and offer insight into how Pouyan spends his time in the studio and his unusual daily routine.



Shahpour Pouyan (b. 1979) is an Iranian visual artist based in New York. His work is part of many public collections including The Metropolitan Museum of Art, The British Museum, The Abby Weed Grey Collection of Modern Asian and Middle Eastern Art, and the Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art. He holds an MFA in Integrated Practices and New Forms from New York’s Pratt Institute, and an MFA in Painting from the Tehran University of Art. He previously studied Neoplatonic Philosophy at the Iranian Institute of Philosophy. He has also taught at Science and Culture University, Tehran. In 2016, Pouyan was shortlisted for the Victoria and Albert Museum Islamic Art Prize.

Elizabeth Rauh is a Ph.D. candidate in History of Art at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. Specializing in modern and contemporary art and visual cultures of Iran and the Arab world, she is currently completing her dissertation project, examining modern art experiments with popular religious practices and folkloric traditions in the Islamic world. Along with studies in modern and contemporary art-making, she also researches early modern Persianate book arts, Shi‘i Islamic visual cultures, and issues of image-making across different eras in Islamic art history. For 2018–2019, she is the Irving Stenn, Jr. Curatorial Fellow at the University of Michigan Museum of Art.


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