Featuring nearly one hundred works made from 1957 to the present, Siah Armajani: Follow This Line is the first major U.S. retrospective of preeminent Iranian-born, American artist Siah Armajani. The exhibition, which premiered at the Walker Art Center in 2018, includes many never-before-seen and recently rediscovered works from the 1960s and ’70s, as well as the artist’s landmark Dictionary for Building (1974–75), composed originally of thousands of small-scale architectural maquettes.
While a student and activist in 1950s Tehran, Armajani made drawings and collages that presaged many of the concerns now associated with American conceptual art. The exhibition peers through Armajani’s eyes as he develops an aesthetic of exile, and asks what the role of public art might be today.
The groundbreaking exhibition engages a range of references—from Persian calligraphy to the manifesto, letter, and talisman; from poetry to mathematical equations and computer programming; from the Abstract Expressionist canvas to the vernacular architecture of rural America, Bauhaus design, and Russian Constructivism.
Siah Armajani: Follow This Line is organized by the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York and the Walker Art Center, Minneapolis. Curated by Clare Davies, Assistant Curator, Modern and Contemporary Art, Middle East, North Africa, and Turkey (Metropolitan Museum of Art); with Victoria Sung, Assistant Curator, Visual Arts (Walker Art Center).
To coincide with the exhibition at The Met Breuer, Public Art Fund will present a re-staging of Armajani’s seminal public art installation Bridge Over Tree (1970). The installation opens from February 20 to September 29, 2019, at Brooklyn Bridge Park, Empire Fulton Ferry lawn.