Currier gives Iranian Surrealist her first museum exhibition

Arghavan Khosravi, ‘Boundaries,’ 2020. Acrylic on cotton canvas over wood panels, poplar wood frame, 28 by 34 by 2in. Courtesy of the artist, © Arghavan Khosravi, 2022, photo: Julia Featheringill

Arghavan Khosravi, ‘Boundaries,’ 2020. Acrylic on cotton canvas over wood panels, poplar wood frame, 28 by 34 by 2in. Courtesy of the artist, © Arghavan Khosravi, 2022, photo: Julia Featheringill

MANCHESTER, N.H. – The Currier Museum of Art presents the work of Iranian painter Arghavan Khosravi in her first museum exhibition, on view now until September 5. The artist creates surrealist images that explore themes of exile, suppression and empowerment.

Drawn from the artist’s memories, the enigmatic compositions center on woman protagonists and allude to the restriction of human rights, particularly those of immigrants. Her work is partly autobiographical – a visual manifestation of her feelings as an Iranian woman artist now living in the United States. At the same time, the work is universal in its presentation of shared struggles and emotions.

Arghavan Khosravi, ‘The Book,’ 2019. Acrylic on linen canvas over wood panel, gold leaf, 24 by 18 by 1.5in. Courtesy of the artist, © Arghavan Khosravi, 2022, photo: Julia Featheringill

Arghavan Khosravi, ‘The Book,’ 2019. Acrylic on linen canvas over wood panel, gold leaf, 24 by 18 by 1.5in. Courtesy of the artist, © Arghavan Khosravi, 2022, photo: Julia Featheringill

The exhibition features more than 20 works made during the last few years in a range of styles. In some, Khosravi uses printed textiles from Iran as canvas, weaving the patterns into compositions and subjects. In others, she experiments with three-dimensional components, building shaped wood panels that create optical illusions that augment the painted surfaces.

Arghavan Khosravi, ‘Entrapped,’ 2020. Acrylic on found textile over wood panel, faux leather belt , 23.5 by 14.75 by 1in. Courtesy of the artist, © Arghavan Khosravi, 2022, photo: Julia Featheringill

Arghavan Khosravi, ‘Entrapped,’ 2020. Acrylic on found textile over wood panel, faux leather belt , 23.5 by 14.75 by 1in. Courtesy of the artist, © Arghavan Khosravi, 2022, photo: Julia Featheringill

Khosravi draws on cross-cultural influences, from the symbol-laden statuary of ancient Western cultures to contemporary fashion magazines, to the perspective of Persian miniature painting. “Arghavan Khosravi’s paintings are masterful in technique and draw the viewer in through richly detailed and stimulatingly symbolic compositions. Her work asks more than it answers, leaving room for the viewer to find themselves in her scenes,” said Samantha Cataldo, senior curator of contemporary art.

About Arghavan Khosravi
Arghavan Khosravi (Iranian and American, b. 1984-) earned an MFA in painting from the Rhode Island School of Design after completing the studio art program at Brandeis University. Khosravi previously earned a BFA in Graphic Design from Tehran Azad University and an MFA in Illustration from the University of Tehran. Her work has been displayed internationally and is in several public and private collections.

About the Currier Museum of Art
The Currier Museum is an internationally-renowned art museum located in Manchester, New Hampshire. The museum features paintings, sculpture, decorative arts and photographs, including works by Monet, Picasso, O’Keeffe, Hopper and Wyeth. It presents exhibitions, tours, art classes and community programs year-round. Two houses designed by Frank Lloyd Wright are part of its permanent collection.

Visit the website of the Currier Museum of Art and see the dedicated page for its Arghavan Khosravi exhibit.