Saturday, June 22, 2024

‘The Night,’ First U.S.-Made Film To Be Released in Iran, Impresses U.S. Film Critics 

By Tim Cornwell Sometime this year, an Iranian-American movie will make history. “The Night” -- a hallucinatory horror film by the young director Kourosh Ahari -- will be the first U.S.-produced movie to show in...

Meet Iranian-Jewish Standup Comedian and Harvard Fellow Noam Shuster-Eliassi

By Tim Cornwell Did you hear the one about Harvard University giving a grant to an Iranian-Jewish comedian to make a one-woman show in the name of bringing peace to the Middle East? Noam Shuster-Eliassi’s working...

British Museum Hosts Mural by Artist and Para-Athlete Mohammad Barrangi

By Tim Cornwell The artist Mohammad Barrangi’s tiny apartment lies at the heart of London’s Bloomsbury: From a window, the Shard tower rises through the fog, a couple of miles away.    We’re a stone’s throw...

Portraying the Rich Kids of Tehran: Meet Javaad Alipoor, Rising Star of British Theater

By Tim Cornwell On a recent visit to Iran, the British-Iranian playwright Javaad Alipoor found himself at the Tehran Museum of Contemporary Art, looking at a work by the painter David Hockney. Hockney -- who...

Collected from LA to Azerbaijan, Artist Afshin Naghouni Discusses Nationalism, Nostalgia

By Tim Cornwell Afshin Naghouni’s studio is tucked away underneath a railway arch in West London. Commuter trains drown out the conversation every few minutes, as they rattle and thunder overhead.   The Grenfell Tower, an...

Meet the Talent: Nine Iranian Artists Go on Show at London’s Parasol Unit

By Tim Cornwell Parasol Unit Foundation for Contemporary Art, a respected London exhibition space, celebrates its 15th anniversary this year. In a venue that usually ignores national labels, founder and director Ziba Ardalan has gone...

Venice Turns Persian (Almost) With Multiple Shows of Iranian Art

By Tim Cornwell Steps away from the glistening Grand Canal is a corner of Venice that has turned Iranian this summer. In the 17th-century palace that is the city’s music school, where grand courtyards with Roman...