Armajani passed away in his home on August 27. His last artworks focused on immigration and the threats to American liberty.
Born in Tehran and having made his home in Minneapolis, historical and familial references abound in this artist’s body of work that draws in equal measure from the arts and the sciences.
In an unprecedented gesture, the museum has replaced works in its permanent collection galleries with eight by artists from Muslim-majority nations named in Trump’s executive order.
Asia Society’s Iran Modern is a must-see exploration of a period little known in the West but infinitely interesting for its non-Western responses to modernity, its embrace of the developing world, the prevalence of prominent female artists at a time when the same wasn’t true most elsewhere, and its pushing of boundaries in an era where its experiments in culture could be seen as cutting edge.