"Rebel, Jester, Mystic, Poet: Contemporary Persians — The Mohammed Afkhami Collection"

"Rebel, Jester, Mystic, Poet: Contemporary Persians — The Mohammed Afkhami Collection"

Detail, Shirin Aliabad, Miss Hybrid 3, 2008.jpg, courtesy of the artist and Museum of Fine Arts Houston

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Fridays, Saturdays, 10 a.m.-7 p.m., Sundays, 12:15-7 p.m., Tuesdays, Wednesdays, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. and Thursdays, 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Continues through Sept. 24 2017
Free to $15
An exciting new exhibit based on the distinguished collection of a noted financier and philanthropist makes its United States premiere in the Bayou City. "Rebel, Jester, Mystic, Poet: Contemporary Persians — The Mohammed Afkhami Collection" showcases works by 23 Iranian-born artists through painting, sculpture, photography and video. Fereshteh Daftari winnowed down more than 300 objects in curating this exhibit for the Aga Khan Museum in Toronto – where the exhibit made its debut – and the selected objects celebrate both the ancient and the modern. The mystic current is revealed through sculpture (Parviz Tanavoli's Blue Heech/Blue Nothingness) and painting (Mohammad Ehsai's Mohabbat/Kindness), while the Internet era is satirized through a staged photo of a bubble gum-chewing young woman in Shirin Aliabadi's Miss Hybrid 3. War and terror also are referenced; one piece transforms silhouettes of fighter planes into traditional carpets. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays and Wednesdays, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Thursdays, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, 12:15 to 7 p.m. Sundays. July 1 through September 24. Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, 1001 Bissonnet. For information, call 713-639-7300 or visit mfah.org. Free to $15.

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