Siah Armajani: 1957–1976

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  • Siah Armajani (b. 1939, Tehran) moved to the United States from Iran in 1960. He attended Macalester College, in Minnesota, where he studied philosophy. His sculptures, drawings and public works exist between the boundaries of art and architecture, informed by democratic and populist ideals. Armajani is recognized as a leading figure in the conceptualization of the role and function of public art, with nearly one hundred projects realized internationally since the 1960s.

    The artist’s education in Western thought and philosophy began in Tehran, where he attended a Presbyterian school for Iranian students, and continued through his undergraduate years in the US. Early theoretical interests continue to influence his work, taking form in objects and architectural spaces designed in homage to literary, philosophical and political figures like Martin Heidegger, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Theodor Adorno, Ahmad Shamlou and Alfred Whitehead.

    American vernacular architecture has been a consistent visual motif in Armajani’s practice, and is manifest in his public works, including bridges, gardens and outdoor structures. In the artist’s words: ‘I am interested in the nobility of usefulness. My intention is to build open, available, useful, common, public gathering places – gathering places that are neighbourly’. These concerns take form in his ongoing series titled Reading Rooms and Reading Gardens, as well as public spaces, pavilions and shelters for social exchanges or solitary meditation.

    Armajani’s work is in numerous public collections, including Art Institute of Chicago; British Museum, London; Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh; Dallas Museum of Art; Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington, D.C.; M+, Hong Kong; Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; Minneapolis Institute of Art; Musée d’art moderne et contemporain, Geneva; Museum für Moderne Kunst, Frankfurt; Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago; Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles; Museum of Modern Art, New York; National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.; Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Kansas City; Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York; Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam, The Netherlands; and Walker Art Center, Minneapolis.

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    • Siah Armajani
      Paria No. 1

      1957
      Cardboard, paper, ink, watercolour on paper
      43.2 x 11.4 cm (17 x 4 ½ in)

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      Wall

      1958
      Ink, fibre, watercolour, twine on cloth
      41.9 x 77.5 cm (16 ½ x 30 ½ in)

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    • Siah Armajani
      Baba nan darad (Daddy Has Bread)

      1960
      Ink, waxed seal, and string on canvas
      51 x 19.5 cm (20 x 7 ¾ in)

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    • Siah Armajani
      Golden Shirt

      1960
      Oil on canvas
      81.9 x 125.7 x 5.1 cm (32 ¼ x 49 ½ x 2 in)

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    • Siah Armajani
      The Hinge

      1963
      Mixed media
      30.5 x 30.5 cm (12 x 12 in)

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    • Siah Armajani
      Sound Towers

      1970
      Felt-tip pen on graph paper
      Each 56.5 x 45.6 cm (22 ¼ x 17 ⅞ in)

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    • Siah Armajani
      House #2 (One Bedroom House)

      1970
      Painted wood
      29.1 x 54 x 25.4 cm (11 ½ x 21 ¼ x 10 in)

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    • Siah Armajani
      Gazebo for Two Anarchists: Emilio Coda and Richard Henry Dana

      1991
      Wood and steel
      24 x 30.5 x 14 cm (9 ⅜ x 12 x 23 ½ in)

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    • Siah Armajani
      House with a Golden Chimney

      1974
      Metal and plastic
      17.8 x 46 x 12.7 cm (7 x 18 ¼ x 5 in)

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    • Siah Armajani
      Thomas Jefferson's House: East Wing, Night House

      1976
      Painted Balsa wood
      11.75 x 56 x 15.6 cm (4 ⅝ x 22 x 6 ⅛ in)

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