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Exhibition Walk-through: Planning an Exhibition with Amir H. Fallah

May 7, 2023 | 12:00PM - 1:00PM

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Join us for a walk-through of Amir H. Fallah: The Fallacy of Borders with artist Amir H. Fallah, and exhibition curator and director of education and interpretation Amy Landau. They will discuss the planning process and artworks included in this Fowler exhibition, and the next steps for the artist.

The Fallacy of Borders is the first solo Los Angeles-museum presentation of artist Amir H. Fallah (b. 1979, Tehran, Iran; lives and works in Los Angeles). His more than 25 works on view span painting, sculpture, stained glass, and textiles, all characterized by vivid and saturated colors, dense patterns, and layered imagery. Fallah draws on a wide range of traditions, from fashion design to venerated art histories, and finds inspiration in the intersection of cultures from around the globe in his adoptive city of Los Angeles. Working fluidly across genres and media, he contends with themes of inheritance and appropriation, personhood and objecthood, diaspora and homeland, challenging us to question and transcend boundaries and borders that separate people, cultures, geographies, and art practices.

Amir H. Fallah received his BFA in fine art & painting at the Maryland Institute College of Art and his MFA in painting at UCLA. He has exhibited extensively in solo and group shows across the U.S. and abroad. In 2009, he was chosen to participate in the 9th Sharjah Biennial; in 2015 he received the Joan Mitchell Foundation Painters and Sculptors Grant. In 2019, Fallah’s painting Calling on The Past won the Northern Trust Purchase Prize at EXPO Chicago. He was awarded the COLA Individual Artist Fellowship and the Artadia grant in 2020. Fallah’s work is held in the permanent collections of such national and international museums as the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles; The de Young Museum, San Francisco; the Jorge M. Pérez Collection, Miami; Deste Foundation for Contemporary Art, Athens, Greece; and Xiao Museum of Contemporary Art, Rizhao, China.

Amy Landau is director of education and interpretation at the Fowler Museum at UCLA. Previously, she has served as director of curatorial affairs and curator of Islamic and South & Southeast Asian art at the Walters Art Museum (2009–18). In 2017, Landau was a fellow at the Center for Curatorial Leadership. She lectures and publishes on the arts of early modern Iran; her curatorial work has been generously funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the Institute of Museum and Library Services. She received her PhD from the department of Islamic art and archaeology at the University of Oxford.

Parking available in UCLA Lot 4, 198 Westwood Plaza, directly off Sunset Blvd; $3/hr or max $14/day. Rideshare drop-off at 305 Royce Dr.

 Photo by Todd Westphal

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