IRAN|USA, an original exhibition organized by the Saint Mary’s College Museum of Art, presents a program of compelling video art and prints by artist and faculty member Peter Freund. The multi-language exhibit re-envisions key moments in the politically charged history of the two countries through the lens of an experimental artist. The work poetically challenges our reliance on the visual archive as evidence in the retelling of the past. IRAN|USA brings together two audiences: one interested in contemporary art; the other interested in questions of social justice, history, politics, and media.

A catalog with essays and other contributions by Jaimie Baron, Gelare Khoshgozaran, Hossein Khosrowjah, Targol Mesbah, Mike Noonan, Nasser Rahmaninejad, and the artist will be available for purchase at the Museum of Art.

Freund is a Professor of Art Theory & Practice at Saint Mary's College of California, where he teaches experimental filmmaking and critical theory. Portions of the current show debuted at Tehran’s Sazmanab Center for Contemporary Art.  


Experience + Watch:  Exhibition Programming 


ART CHAT | Digital Tomb

Wednesday, April 26 at 3 p.m.

Peter Freund’s digital images explore the visual image as an absence, negation or erasure of the visible. Freund discusses the principle of a “digital tomb” in his series of conceptual prints.

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ART CHAT | Desire

Wednesday, May 3 at 3 p.m.

Discussing the overlapping relationship between trauma and desire, Peter Freund explores a parallel between artistic and psychoanalytic practices.

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ART CHAT | Alternative Facts 

Wednesday, May 10 at 1 p.m.

“Alternative facts” -a symptom of neoliberal freedom? In this art chat, Peter Freund explores the paradoxical connection between facts and fantasy in political thinking, highlighting three works of video art in his current exhibition. 

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CLOSING LECTURE | Hossein Khosrowjah, Reconciliations and Desires

Thursday, May 25 at 12 p.m.

Hossein Khosrowjah explores the complexity and importance of "cultural translation" in the contemporary political climate. His talk uses Peter Freund's IRAN|USA exhibition as a springboard for investigating the role of translation and mistranslation in defining the cultural Other.

Hossein Khosrowjah is a senior adjunct professor of visual studies at the California College of the Arts. His essays and reviews on a broad range of topics, from film to exilic autobiography to the history of American higher education, have been published in film, cultural, and area studies journals. His book, The Singular Cinema of Abbas Kiarostami, is forthcoming from I.B. Tuaris Press.

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