Bahar Behbahani: Let the Garden Eram Flourish

Cover of the Bahar Behbahani: Let the Garden Eram Flourish exhibition brochure.
January, 2017 Supplementary PDF (2.77 MB)

Shiva Balaghi, Bahar Behbahani, and Ugochukwu-Smooth C. Nzewi

Published by the Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth College, 2017, 20 pages

This exhibition presents a suite of new paintings, an installation, and a video from Persian Gardens, an ongoing series begun four years ago by Iranian-born, Brooklyn-based artist Bahar Behbahani. The title is taken from an early nineteenth-century poem by Ali Khan, poet laureate of the court of Fath Ali Shah Qajar, who wrote under the pseudonym Saba, in celebration of Eram Garden, a UNESCO World heritage site and one of the oldest gardens in Iran. The rich history of Eram parallels the histories of old Persia and modern Iran. Its many pavilions, built over several dynasties by influential families who successively had the garden under their control, constitute a record of power and prestige over the ages.

Publication type: Exhibition Related

Publication subject: Modern & Contemporary Art