"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.
An exciting new exhibit based on the distinguished collection of a noted financier and philanthropist makes its United States premiere in the Bayou City.