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Opening Reception for "Continental Divide: East of L.A / West of Tehran"

  • Leon Gallery 1112 E 17th Ave Denver, Colorado 80218 (map)

Join us at Leon this Summer as we unveil a world-class group exhibition in conjunction with the 2015 Biennal of the Americas.

Opening Reception: July 17th, 2015 7-11pm

Exhibition: July 17th - August 22nd, 2015

"Continental Divide: East of L.A / West of Tehran" will feature select American born artists, of Iranian heritage, who are encouraged to present work that explores issues they have faced in being of Persian descent, the struggles they have encountered in exploring their artistic voice, and their connection, if any, to their ancestral homeland- while also growing up within an American culture that is too often misinformed and antagonistic toward their ancestral homeland.

The artists who will be featured during this exciting exhibition include 3 time Emmy Award winning documentary filmmaker Justin Mashouf, Photographer Arya Ghavamian, Performance and mixed media artist Amitis Motevalli, Electronic Time Based Media artist and professor, Laleh Mehran, plus other Iranian-American artists. This project also features a lecture series given by visual arts and Middle East Studies professors from the University of Denver, to shed more light on the greater context of Iranian identity within American culture.

How important is American identity within the work of immigrant artists? How important is the inclusion of ancestral traditions within their art? Is it possible for first-generation American artists, born of immigrant parents, to express their American identity while retaining and honoring their cultural heritage?

We hope you can join us for this exciting show.