Modernisms Spotlight Gallery Talk: Hamed Yousefi

Thursday, Feb 27, 2020 12 – 1 pm

Northwestern University
40 Arts Circle Dr.
Evanston, IL 60201

Join us for modern art with a global perspective!

Seeking to expand Western perspectives of modern art, Modernisms: Iranian, Turkish, and Indian Highlights from NYU’s Abby Weed Grey Collection surveys art from three nations where unique and vibrant forms of modernism sprang forth in the 1960s and 70s. Challenging histories of artistic modernism that too often begin and end in the West, "Modernisms" explores an under-recognized flowering of innovation and risk-taking in art beyond Europe and North America.

Take an in-depth look at select works in the Modernisms exhibition during these monthly spotlight gallery talks, led by Northwestern scholars advancing the study of Iranian, Indian, and Turkish art. No RSVP necessary


  • Vidura Bahadur - Friday, February 7, 12 PM

Vidura Jang Bahadur is a photographer whose interests lie in experimenting with storytelling, form and format. He is currently working on an interdisciplinary project on the Chinese community in India that will culminate in a book and an exhibition.

  • Hamed Yousefi - Thursday, February 27, 12 PM

Hamed Yousefi’s research looks at the convergence of three categories: avant-garde art, the global south, and the Cold War. As a filmmaker, he has made numerous documentaries including a series of essay films about the aesthetic history of the Islamic Republic of Iran.

  • Maryam Athari - Friday, March 13, 12 PM

Maryam Athari is a PhD student researching the dynamics of the global contemporary art world in relation to the region broadly called the Middle East. She is focused on visual arts in contemporary Tehran, Iran.

  • Özge Karagöz - Thursday, April 2, 12 PM

Özge Karagöz is a PhD student in the Department of Art History. Her research concentrates on transnational histories of art, specializing in the circulation of modern art and revolutionary politics on the Turkish-Soviet-French axis in the first half of the twentieth century.


Image: Eren Eyüboğlu (Turkish), Design for Mosaic [detail] , 1957, Gouache and pencil on cardboard, 18 3/4 x 20 in. Grey Art Gallery, New York University Art Collection, Gift of Abby Weed Grey, G1975.246