On View



February 25 - May 28

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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.  


Art Chats

Please join us at the Museum for our new series of informal, interactive talks with artist Peter Freund. Each Art Chat will focus on a different cross-section of work in his current IRAN|USA exhibition. The Chats are free of charge. Light snacks and coffee will be provided. 

April 26 at 3:00 - Digital Tombs

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.

May 3 at 1:00 - Desire

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

May 10 at 1:00 - Alternative Facts

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



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