Farhad Moshiri
Farhad Moshiri

Andy Warhol Museum
October 13 — January 14
Various times

This Friday, The Warhol Museum will celebrate the opening of the first solo museum exhibition by one of Iran’s most important contemporary artists.

Be the first to see Go West, which will introduce new audiences to Farhad Moshiri and serve as a timely platform for cultural exchange and discourse. Born in Shiraz in 1963, Moshiri studied at CalArts during the Iranian Revolution, before moving back to Tehran.

Steeped in Pop art techniques and iconography, Moshiri uses source images referencing American and Iranian popular culture, including visuals like cartoons, films, children’s books and advertisements. Blurring lines between “art and cliché,” Moshiri also integrates phrases appropriated from classical poetry, soap operas and pop music, along with clever doses of kitsch, irony and subversiveness.

Curated by José Carlos Diaz, the exhibition examines complex topics such as cultural identity, consumerism, isolationism, tradition, globalism, and socio-political issues. The mid-career survey showcases paintings and sculptures that have never been displayed together, many traveling to the U.S. for the first time.

Discover how Moshiri transforms a wide range of everyday materials — plastic pearls, glass beads, crystals, knives, keychains, vintage postcards, Persian rugs — into intricate and symbolic works of art.

View a schedule of exhibition-related events.

Jennifer BaronArts & Entertainment / Jobs Editor

Jennifer has worked at the Mattress Factory, Brooklyn Museum of Art and Dahesh Museum of Art and is co-author of Pittsburgh Signs Project: 250 Signs of Western Pennsylvania. She also is co-coordinator of Handmade Arcade. Musically, she is in a band called The Garment District and is a founding member of Brooklyn's The Ladybug Transistor.