Funny how life works sometimes: just as the Iranian election spirals out of control, New York galleries and museums are showing an unprecedented wealth of Iranian contemporary art. The Queens Museum of Art‘s big summer blockbuster show Tarjama/Translation (through September 27) brings together works by artists throughout the Middle East and the various Diasporas that have spread outwards from the region. Of the show’s 28 participants Iranian artists are among the best represented, with Nazgol Ansarinia, Pouran Jinchi, Farhad Moshiri, Solmaz Shahbazi and Mitra Tabrizian (work pictured) contributing.
On the Upper East Side, LTMH Gallery is hosting Selseleh/Zelzeleh: Movers & Shakers in Contemporary Iranian Art (through August 20), another massive survey show featuring works by some 40 artists. And in just under two weeks, the Chelsea Art Museum joins the fray with possibly the most epic of all exhibition titles ever: Iran Inside Out: Influences of Homeland and Diaspora on the Artistic Language of 55 Contemporary Iranian Artists (through September 5). The show’s goal, buried in that title, is to provide some understanding of Iranian culture and identity by combining pieces by 30 artists working inside Iran and 20 who’ve moved abroad. And once you’ve seen all that Iranian art, you’ll know exactly what’s going on over there right now.