April 14 to September 5, 2022
Arghavan Khosravi creates surrealist paintings that explore themes of exile, freedom, and empowerment. The artist’s enigmatic compositions center on women protagonists and allude to the restriction of human rights, particularly those of immigrants. Her work is both semiautobiographical and universal.
Khosravi draws on several cross-cultural stylistic influences, from ancient Western sculpture to the posturing of contemporary fashion magazines to the compressed perspective of Persian miniature painting. Often using printed textiles from Iran as her canvas, she weaves the patterning of these materials into the narrative of her work. She further experiments with three-dimensional canvases, building her own shaped wood panels which add further depth and create optical illusions that augment the compositions.
This is Khosravi’s first museum exhibition. It will showcase a range of new work created over the last few years, most on view for the first time.
About the artist
Arghavan Khosravi (b. 1984, Shahr-e-kord, Iran) earned an MFA in painting from the Rhode Island School of Design after completing the studio art program at Brandeis University. Khosravi previously earned a BFA in Graphic Design from Tehran Azad University and an MFA in Illustration from the University of Tehran.
Thursday, April 14
10am to 5pm
Thursday, April 14
5pm to 8pm
Saturday, April 16
Join Arghavan Khosravi and curator Samantha Cataldo for a midafternoon discussion on Khosravi’s highly anticipated, first solo museum exhibition.
Learn more and register here for this in person ARTalk on Saturday, April 16 from 2:00 pm to 2:45 pm.
This exhibition and related programs are supported by an anonymous donor.
Archived material on past exhibitions can be explored further here, and recent past exhibition catalogues are available through the museum shop.
artist in residence
Our Artist-in-Residence (AIR) program invites artists to live and work at the museum. While in residence, artists consider the collection and community, and refresh our perspectives on the role of the museum. The program is central to the Currier Museum’s mission of connecting our audiences with art and creative thinking, whether of the past or the future. We hope to learn from our visiting artists – and be surprised by their perspectives.
Artists working in all media participate in the AIR program, which has three main components: 1) an open call to support emerging artists making socially engaged art; 2) an invitational through which artists are selected to develop special projects, commissions, or exhibitions; and 3) artist-led, community-centered public art projects in the city of Nashua, NH.
Open Call for Artist in Residence Applications
Our annual open call is currently live from October 1 – December 1, 2022. Artists who share the museum’s goal of positively impacting communities through the transformative power of art are encouraged to apply to this residency.