iranian_poster_art_2What can I say? I’m a sucker for poster art. This show looks cool. Press release:

“In Search of Lost Causes,” Revolutionary Iranian Poster Art and Film Discussion Held at UNC Asheville

“In Search of Lost Causes,” an exhibit of Iranian poster art will be on view October 1-November 8, in UNC Asheville’s Ramsey Library, Blowers Gallery. An opening reception will be held at 6 p.m. on Thursday, October 17 in the Glasshouse greenhouse connected with Ramsey Library, and will include a lecture and film screening. All events are free and open to the public.

“In Search of Lost Causes” examines three discrete but interrelated aspects of Iranian art of the 1960s and ‘70s—revolutionary posters, film screenings and black-and-white photographs. Introducing American audiences to modern Iranian art, the exhibition also sheds light on the many ways that visual culture both reflected and affected two decades that saw dramatic changes in Iran, such as the politicization of Islam and the 1979 Revolution. The exhibition contains a selection of revolutionary posters by both professional and amateur artists who merged calligraphy, graphics and rhetoric in order to convey abstract ideologies.

The opening reception on October 17 will include a lecture by Hamid Dabashi, professor of Iranian studies and comparative literature at Columbia University, at 7:30 p.m. in the gallery, followed by a screening and discussion of “This is Not a Film” at 8:30 in Ramsey Library, Whitman Room.

“In Search of Lost Causes” will be on view in the Blowers Gallery during regular library hours, with additional works, screenings and lectures at the Flood Gallery and Courtyard Gallery in Asheville’s River Arts District. The exhibit is free and open to the public. For more information, including library hours, visit or call 828.251.6336.


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