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generated@wavehill Program
September 15 - December 1

This year we revive the generated@wavehill program by commissioning Bahar Behbahani to create a site-specific project for the woodlands. Her project, What River Are You? was developed through engaging interns from the Forest Project and ACES, as well as other Wave Hill staff. Visitors can also see her painting in Figuring the Floral.

Wave Hill
675 West 252nd Street
Bronx, NY 10471


What's Love Got to Do with It?
August 16 - September 15

What’s Love Got to Do with It? is an exhibition about love—the banality of love, but also its radicality; the labor of love; and working in the name of love while experiencing an increasingly precarious existence. At once a universal discourse, a recurring subject of inquiry, and a persistent theme in art—from Archaic Greek poet Sappho, to twentieth-century Irish playwright George Bernard Shaw and to American cultural critic bell hooks—love is as democratic as drawing is. Organized by Rosario Güiraldes and Lisa Sigal, Open Sessions Curators.

The Drawing Center
35 Wooster Street
SoHo, New York, 10013


Figuring The Floral
July 1 - December 1

Figuring The Floral features artists who use flowers to explore representations of identity, including race, ethnicity, class, gender, sexual orientation and aging.

Glyndor Gallery
Wave Hill
675 West 252nd Street
Bronx, NY 10471


CIVIC WOMEN:community visions
July 27 - August 3

The two year cross-cultural collaborative project kicked off at the ArtMill Barn Gallery July 29, 2018. It is part of a larger co-operation that ArtDialogue is engaging with other art + farmers + civic groups across Europe culminating in the 30 year anniversary of the "Artists' Revolution" in former Czechoslovakia. Curated by Lydia Matthews.

Strakonicka, 16
Horaždovice 34 101
Czech Republic


Persian Garden NYC website launch


Short Shadows: Bahar Behbahani and Jon Wang
Friday, March 29, 7:30pm, Studio 1-Goodman

Bringing together the work of New York-based artists and filmmakers Bahar Behbahani and Jon Wang, this event expands the format of the Short Shadows moving image series to include elements of performance, painting, and architecture. The evening will engage themes and processes of displacement and longing, as well as narratives of transformation that run through Wang and Behbahani’s work.

8th Street and College Avenue
Troy, NY 12180


New Works: Group Show
Opening Reception: Saturday, February 9, 5-7pm

New Works, a group show of new and recent works by Bahar Behbahani, Seokmin Ko, Gwenn Thomas, Soo Im Lee, Filipe Rocha da Silva, and Il Lee. The disparate works by the six artists in New Works are a vital reflection of the rich pluralism of today’s contemporary art world.

Art Projects International
434 Greenwich Street
Tribeca, New York, 10013


Creative Capital Award-2019



Open Sessions, The Drawing Center

Open Sessions is a program that provides opportunities for selected artists to find new approaches for contextualizing and exhibiting their work through conversation, public programs, and gallery installations. Open Sessions fosters a dynamic, ever-evolving dialogue with new drawing practices and practitioners, viewing drawing as an activity rather than a product. We understand drawing as a practice both concrete and metaphorical, a space for assertion, conjecture, and digression. Drawing may or may not be the primary means of art-making for Open Sessions artists.

The Drawing Center
35 Wooster Street
SoHo, New York, 10013



Asia Contemporary Artweek, 13th Edition
September 5 - November 2, 2019

Thinking Collections: Open Studios
Bahar Behbahani Studio Visit
Saturday, October 6, 2-5pm, Clinton Hill, Brooklyn
Space is limited and advanced RSVP strongly suggested.
See each artist's profile for RSVP link.

Viewing the city of New York as an unexplored collection that houses havens of artists, ACAW 2019 introduces a new signature program centered on expanding opportunities for networking and education through a series of especially organized Open Studios / Studio Visits. The program spotlights artists whose practices broaden a variety of artistic and philosophical inquiries, directly or indirectly related to Asia. Within ACAW 2019's conceptual framework, Thinking Collections, the program weaves ACAW Director, Leeza Ahmady's thesis of "seeing the artist as the first collector and artists' studios as primary collections" by inviting art professionals and the general public to connect directly to artists, their research, and art-making processes in the context of their own intimate studios and creative workspaces.

Clinton Hill
Brooklyn, NY 11205


The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Wednesday, September 19th, 10am
A Scholars' Day on The Wagner Garden Carpet from the Burrell Collection, Scotland

Reserved seating is limited, RSVP to Helen Goldenberg:
212.650.2938 by September 14, 2019

Featuring talks by:
Persian carpet specialist Dan Walker
Persian landscape architecture specialist Mohammad Gharipour
Contemporary artist Bahar Behbahani

The Metropolitan Museum of Art
1000 Fifth Avenue
New York, NY 10028

(Up)rooted A study on Immigrant Flora
The Shed Space
Sunday, September 9th, 6-9 pm

(Up)rooted: A study on Immigrant Flora, is a process-oriented and multidisciplinary exhibition, including film, photography, drawing and sound. This body of work is part of a larger ongoing series of Immigrant Flora which stages the plants as witness across different landscapes to examine the culture of immigration. In this series of works Behbahani collaborated with her mother as a dynamic agent to interlace the language, spiritual, and ritual aspect of repositioning body, memory, and commerce.

The Shed Space
366 6th Street, Park Slope
Brooklyn, NY 11215


Brown Foundation Fellows Program
The Brown Foundation Fellows Program, based at the Dora Maar House in Ménerbes, France, provides residencies for mid-career professionals in the arts and humanities to concentrate on their fields of expertise.

Maison Dora Maar
Ménerbes, Provence-Alpes-Cote D'azur, France


Sharjah Art Foundation, Active Forms
March 16 - June 16, 2019
Open to the public, the eleventh edition of March Meeting, Active Forms, will address issues of resistance through the consideration of organising as a primary act and condition for artistic and cultural production. Examining the relationship between familiar forms, such as projects, exhibitions and conferences, and the informal activity from which these emerge, MM 2019 explores how organising enables us to conceptualise resistance as not only a practice of 'standing against' but also one of ongoing exchange and future planning. MM 2019 will propose ways to reassess notions of agency and authorship through the lens of art, writing, film, music, performance and architecture.

In addition to the programme of talks, panel discussions and performances, the 2019 edition of the March Meeting will include an exhibition of works from the Sharjah Art Foundation Collection on view from March 16 to June 16, 2019. Expanding on the meeting's key ideas, the exhibition will feature artists John Akomfrah, Basma Alsharif, Halil Altindere, Bahar Behbahani, Hazem Harb, Gulnara Kasmalieva and Muratbek Djumaliev, Almagul Menlibayeva, Naeem Mohaiemen and Raeda Saadeh.

Sharjah Art Foundation
Sharjah, United Arab Emirates


Panorama Punjab
March 3 - 4, 2019
Ajax Boot included in Panorama Punjab, the first international contemporary arts platform for Punjab. The inaugural exhibition was curated by Sarah Singh, Lara Pan, and Shahram Karimi.

Panorama Punjab
Punjab, India


Mana Contemporary, New Jersey, USA
October 15, 2017 - March 30, 2019
In Between (Part II): So Far, Curated by Shahram Karimi
Over the course of several years, Iranian cinema has established its own unique and relevant voice on the global stage. Compared to cinema, however, Iran has yet to develop an established history of video art, and the genre is still a new phenomenon for Iranian artists—only recently emerging in the '90s. It was during this time that Shirin Neshat, an Iranian-born artist, successfully straddled two cultures and received world recognition for her video, film, and photography. Examining the trajectory of Iranian video art, the main question posed in this exhibition asks: What is the nature of contemporary video art as it has developed in the new millennium in Iran?

Mana Contemporary
888 Newark Avenue, Jersey City, NJ 07306


7th Moscow International Biennale of Contemporary Art
September 19, 2017 - January 18, 2019
Clouds ⇄ Forest, Curated by Yuko Hasegawa: "Clouds ⇄ Forest focuses on artists as a creative tribe transitioning, expanding and dissipating, from forest to cloud, rebuilding the subjectivity of spectators and showing that creativity is vital to the creation of new environmental spheres. Taking into account perceptions on the generation of new subjective environmental spheres, the curatorial criteria for this exhibition includes giving life to new technologies as well as exploring ways to obtain animistic artistic languages and connect cultural roots, and leveraging the rhizome-based organic system to traverse history, genres, and media".

New Tretyakov Gallery
The State Tretyakov Gallery, 10, Krymsky Val, Moscow


Bahar Behbahani
- Will Corwin, The Interview Show, Clocktower Radio


Hood Museum of Art
March 3, 2017, 7:00pm to 8:00pm
Poetry Reading, Presented by Sheida Dayani, published poet and translator, Preceptor in Persian, Department of Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations, the Center for Middle Eastern Studies, Harvard University, and Phd candidate at the Department of Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies at NYU

Hood Downtown
53 Main Street
Hanover, New Hampshire 03755


Hood Museum of Art
February 8, 2017, 12:30pm to 1:30pm
Lunchtime Gallery Talk, Gardens, Spies, And History, Gene R. Garthwaite, Professor Emeritus of History, Dartmouth College

Hood Downtown
53 Main Street
Hanover, New Hampshire 03755


Hood Museum of Art
January 5 - March 12, 2017
Let the Garden Eram Flourish, curated by Ugochukwu-Smooth C. Nzewi

Dartmouth College
6 East Wheelock Street
Hanover, New Hampshire 03755


Shanghai Biennale
November 11, 2016 - March 12, 2017
Why Not Ask Again? - Maneuvers, Disputations & Stories, curated by Raqs Media Collective

Shanghai, China


Akrai Residency
August 1-21, 2016
Akrai is an international multidisciplinary arts residency program on the island of Sicily, with a strong emphasis on interaction with the local community and collaboration among peers

Palazzolo Acreide
Sicily, Italy


Fireflies In The Night
June 22-24, 2016
All-night video art screenings organized by Robert Storr and curated by Barbara London, Kalliopi Minioudaki and Francesca Pietropaolo

Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center
Athens, Greece

Artist Talk with Bahar Behbahani and Dr. Shiva Balaghi
June 2, 2016, 6pm

Thomas Erben Gallery
526 West 26th Street, 4th Floor
New York, New York, 10001


Solo Show: Garden Coup
May 19 - June 25, 2016
Opening Reception May 19

Thomas Erben Gallery
526 West 26th Street, 4th Floor
New York, New York, 10001


MARKING 2: Drawings by Contemporary Artists from Asia
March 3 - April 30, 2016
Opening Reception March 10

Art Projects International
434 Greenwich Street, Ground Floor
New York, New York, 10013


Women Artists Panel
St. John's University
Department of Art and Design
Moderated by Maymanah Farhat
February 11, 2016

St. John's University
8000 Utopia Parkway
Queens, NY 11439


50 West Artist-in-Construction Residency program, Art in Buildings
At 40 Rector Street, a block from the 64-story, 780-foot-high residential tower under construction at 50 West Street, are two roomy studios. There, next to the new building's high-tech sales office, artists are creating works inspired by the plans, people and structural innards of the nearby soaring tower...

40 Rector Street
New York, NY 10006


Parsons Fine Arts
MFA Visiting Critic, Fall 2015

Parsons School of Design at The New School
66 West 12th Street
New York, NY 10011

John Jay College of Criminal Justice
Visiting Critic, Fall 2015

John Jay College of Criminal Justice
524 West 59th Street
New York, NY, 10019

Diaspora Arts Connection
November 21, 2015, 2:00pm to 4:00pm
Diaspora Arts Connection is proud to present a screening of artists and filmmakers, Bahar Behbahani and Negar Behbahani's short films at the East Bay Media Center. The program will begin with an introduction and screening of 5 short films, followed by informal multiple conversations by the artists woven from an assemblage of behind the scenes and themes that include documentation, displacement and their collaboration from Tehran to Azerbaijan to Brooklyn. The program will end with the premiere of their latest work made in Turkey, Behind the Mirrors. This program is in English. Saffron tea and cookies will be served. Tickets: $15 at door.

East Bay Media Center
1939 Addison Street
Berkeley, CA 94704


The Critical Dialogue Series 2014
January 29, 2014, 6:00pm to 9:00pm
The Critical Dialogue Series is a core component of the MFA program in Painting and Sculpture at the Tyler School of Art. It is an opportunity for students to interact with some of the most renowned artists, critics, theorists, art historians, curators, philosophers, filmmakers, musicians, choreographers and architects working today.

Tyler School of Art, Temple University
2001 North 13th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19122


Casa dell'Arte International Art Residency
September 2 - October 15, 2013
Casa dell'Arte Artists-in-Residence Program aims to provide an alternative platform for artistic production, collaboration and exhibition in the Eastern Mediterranean region by making the resources of Casa dell'Arte in Bodrum available to visual artists.

Art Omi International Artists Residency
June 20 - July 16, 2013
Omi International Artists Residency invites visual artists from every continent, representing a wide diversity of artistic styles, to gather in rural New York State to experiment, collaborate and share ideas. During four weeks each June-July, concentrated time for creative work is balanced with the stimulation of cultural exchange and critical appraisal.

Bahar Behbahani's participation in this program is sponsored by The Pollock Krasner Foundation Grant.

Left Forum 2013
Sunday, June 9, 3-4:50pm
Bahar Behbahani, along with Joel Simpson, Grace Graupe-Pillard and Franc Palaia, will be discussing Political Photography: Satires, Cartoons, Statements Staged Photography and Digital Collages.

Pace University
1 Pace Plaza
New York, NY

The Short Films of Bahar Behbahani, Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum
March 14, 2013
Join artist and filmmaker, Bahar Behbahani, tonight at 7pm for a screening of her short films, Saffron Tea, Ride the Caspian and Suspended, including an introduction and Q&A with Broad MSU Founding Director, Michael Rush, and the artist.

Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum
Michigan State University
547 East Circle Drive
East Lansing, MI 48824

Six Women, Prosjektrom Normanns
February 15 - 24, 2013
This video screening brings together six women artists now living in New York hailing from diverse backgrounds. The reel was originally conceived as an outdoor projection for the Brooklyn Academy of Music, the challenge being that the work had to express an idea without relying on sound for its conveyance. Some of the work here reflects that original challenge, and provides a theme to approach individual works.

Opening Friday, February 15, 7pm
Normannsgt. 24, 4014 Stavanger, Norway

Looks Like Torture
February 21-March 30, Tuesday-Friday 2-7pm
Co-curated by Nicholas Cohn Art Projects and Amy Kisch of AKArt, this performance art-based exhibition explores issues of identity, social behaviors and the physically and psychologically painful path of self-discovery filled with roadblocks of bias, misrepresentation, abuse and insecurity. A response to ongoing ethnic conflicts, discrimination based on race, gender and sexual orientation, animal cruelty and environmental neglect, it will present a series of performance art happenings, video, photography and site-specific installations by an internationally renowned selection of artists.

Opening Thursday, February 21, 5-7pm
HERE Arts Center
145 Sixth Avenue [Dominick Street]
New York, NY

The Time In Children's Arts Initiative
Monday, February 18, 6-9pm
One of Behbahani's mixed media works on silkscreen, Choreographed Agreement, will be auctioned Monday, February 18 at The Time In Children's Arts Initiative benefit gala + art auction courtesy of the artist and Causey Contemporary at Marianne Boesky Gallery. Co-chaired by Vladimir Restoin Roitfeld and honoring artists Rosy Keyser + Rashaad Newsome, this year's live auction will be conducted by Paddle8's Alexander Gilkes with an online auction supported by Paddle8.

Marianne Boesky Gallery
509 West 24th Street [10th Avenue]
New York, NY

Hidden Camera
February 7 - March 3, 2013
Large-scale paintings from the My Faantazee series presented at Causey Contemporary

DUMBO loacation
111 Front Street
Suite 212-14 Brooklyn


18th Biennale of Sydney
June 27 - September 16, 2012
Bahar Behahani's collaborative piece with artist Almagul Menlibayeva, Ride the Caspian, has been selected to participate in the 18th Biennale of Sydney.

Opening: Wednesday, June 27, 2012
18th Biennale of Sydney
Cockatoo Island, Sydney Harbor, Australia

Ride the Caspian
Bahar Behbahani & Almagul Menlibayeva 2011
two-channel, HD, 12:46

Part of Me: mise en abyme
June 23 - July 24, 2012
Saffron Tea was selected for a group show in Paris, Part of Me: mise en abyme, curated by Amirali Ghasemi and Sandra Skurvida for the Iranian Arts Now festival and exhibition, at Cité Internationaldes Arts. What unfolds is a political passion play in multiple acts, spiraling into the abyss of your eyes.

Opening: Saturday, June 23, 2012
Cité International des Arts
18, rue de l'Hôtel de Ville, Paris, France

Ride the Caspian
Bahar Behbahani & Almagul Menlibayeva 2011
two-channel, HD, 12:46

March 14 - April 28, 2012
Curated by Basak Senova, Aftermath aims to penetrate the relationship between the concepts of memory and evil.

Opening: Wednesday, March 14, 2012
Istiklal Cad. No. 8, Beyoglu, Istanbul, Turkey

Ride the Caspian
Bahar Behbahani & Almagul Menlibayeva 2011
two-channel, HD, 12:46

Video 2012
February 12-19, 2012
Momenta Art's opening exhibition this year, features a series of five two-week solo exhibitions focusing on the growing variety of approaches to presentation, illustrating the unstable relationship between video and existing distribution systems and networks.

Opening: Sunday, February 12, 6 - 8:30PM
Momenta Art
56 Bogart Street, Brooklyn

Saffron Tea
Bahar Behbahani, 2009
single-channel, HD, 12 minutes


The Iran Via Video Current
December 13-17, 2011
Group show featuring two video programs curated by Tehran-based artists and curator Amirali Ghasemi and New York-based curator and scholar Sandra Skurvida. In her program entitled 1979/1357-, Skurvida revisits the sightlines of the prominently controversial Western observer of the Iranian Revolution, Michel Foucault.

Opening: Tuesday, December 13, 6 - 8:30PM
Thomas Erben Gallery
526 West 26th St, 4th Floor

Saffron Tea
Bahar Behbahani, 2009
single-channel, HD, 12 minutes

The Chronicle of Her Innocence: A Conversation with Bahar Behbahani
September 29, 2011 - January 27, 2012
NYUAD Lecture Series in New York City

Bahar Behbahani New York-based Iranian Artist
Sam Bardaouil Curatorial Director, Art Reoriented

Location: 19 Washington Square North
5:30 PM Exhibition Opening; 6:30 PM Screening of Saffron Tea (2008) followed by an interview with the artist

A public art project by OtherIS, curated by Sandra Skurvida in collaboration with Tania Brugueraʼs Immigrant Movement International, presented by CreativeTime and Queens Museum of Art.

Launch Event:
July 30, 3 - 7 PM
@IM International Headquarters 108-59 Roosevelt Avenue
Queens, NY 11368 Phone: 718 424 6502

Directions by subway-take the 7 Flushing Local or Express, exit at the 111th St Station walk to 108-59 Roosevelt Avenue IMI is about a 1 minute walk from station

Tahiti Trot (Tea for Two)
Bahar Behbahani, 2011
Single-channel, HD video, Time: 8:40

She Devil 5, MACRO, Museum of Contemporary Art, Rome, Italy
25 June - 30 October 2011
For the video screenings in the V-tunnel, MACRO presents She Devil: the latest all-female exhibition of video art that Studio Stefania Miscetti has been successfully producing for years. As in previous editions, the review includes numerous international curators and artists, the aim being to set up an open platform for new and different experiences.

MACRO, Museum of Contemporary Art, Rome, Italy

Sharjah Biennial 10: Plot for a Biennial
Opening: March 16, 2011
Curated by Suzanne Cotter, Curator, Guggenheim Abu Dhabi Project and Rasha Salti, Creative Director, ArteEast with Associate Curator Haig Aivazian. Plot for a Biennial is the title for the 10th Sharjah Biennial, which opens on March 16, 2011. Curated by Suzanne Cotter and Rasha Salti and Associate Curator Haig Aivazian, the Biennial will present new and specially commissioned works by contemporary artists, filmmakers, writers and performers from across the region and internationally.

Sharjah, UAE


White box - SanctionedArray
SanctionedArray is an online database of video art conceived in response to the restrictions on artist's submissions to The Guggenheim and YouTube's video biennial, Play. Citizens or residents of Belarus, Cote d'Ivoire, Congo, Cuba, Iran, Iraq, Lebanon, North Korea, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, Myanmar/Burma, and Zimbabwe are not eligible to submit their work because of economic and trade sanctions enforced by the Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC).

SanctionedArray database will be launched at the screening event on October 25th and 26th at White Box. The opening will coincide with the Play biennial at The Guggenheim, challenging the status quo, as proposed by Nancy Spector, Deputy Director and Chief Curator.

Screening Event: October 25, 5 - 9 PM
Big Screen Project, 6th Ave between 29th and 30th

Screening Event: November 2, 12-10 PM
and November 3, 11-7 PM at White Box
Roundtable Discussion: November 2, 7 PM

White Box
329 Broome Street.
New York, NY. 10002

Queens Museum of Art, NY
Sunday, October 24, 3:00 pm - 6:00 pm, 2010
The program consists of a screening of 15 video works presented in two 45 minute segments, with an intermission.

Queens Museum of Art
New York City Building
Flushing Meadows Corona Park
Queens, NY 11368-3398

Open End, Witzenhausen Gallery, New York
September 9 - October 2, 2010
Witzenhausen gallery new york will open the new season with the group show open end, for which the gallery has invited 5 international female artists to exhibit their video work.

Opening, Thursday, September 9th, 6-8pm.
Witzenhausen Gallery
547 west 27th street (5th floor, suite 508)
New York, New York 10001

International Women Artists Video Exhibition
June 19 - July 18, 2010
Openly exhibition is an international video art anthology focused on woman identity, implemented by the coopeartion of two women curators, as a part of Istanbul 2010 European Capital of Culture Agency Visual Arts Directorate's Portable Art project. Openly, with the works of women artists from three continents will be exhibited at Sanat Limanı.

Opening, Saturday, June 19th, 7pm.
Meclis-i Mebusan Caddesi, Liman İşletmeleri Sahası
Antrepo No:5, Tophane
Istanbul, Turkey

Bruce Silverstein Gallery
March 27 - May 8, 2010
Silverstein Photography Annual (SPA), an exhibition featuring works by ten emerging artists,
each nominated by selected a group of American photography curators.

Opening, Saturday, March 27th, 6 - 8pm.
535 West 24th Street
New York, New York 10011

Sharjah March Meeting
March 13 - March 15, 2010
An annual networking meeting of arts professionals and artists.

Sharjah, UAE

Leila Taghinia-Milani Heller (LTMH) Gallery
March 5 - April 1, 2010
TEHRAN - NEW YORK will survey work by 40 well-known and emerging contemporary Iranian artists.

Opening, Friday, March 5th, 6 - 8pm.
39 East 78th St, Suite 301
New York, NY 10075


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