Linfield exhibit to feature Iranian visual culture

The Points of Departure art exhibitThe Linfield Gallery will feature Eugene-based artist Tannaz Farsi in a solo exhibition, “The Points of Departure,” March 22 through April 29 in the James F. Miller Fine Arts Center at Linfield College.

An artist talk will be held on Wednesday, March 22, at 5 p.m. in the Delkin Recital Hall in the Vivian Bull Music Center, followed by a reception.

In this exhibit, Farsi weaves together three works that articulate different moments within the history of Iranian visual culture. Exploring the semiotic richness of specific traditional iconographies, Farzi sets her interpretation as a reflection upon the present.

The exhibit features a series of large scale works, including an expansive linear structure drafted from a 15th century drawing of a polygonal and star pattern found in The Topkapi Scroll, an architectural booklet attributed to the central or western region of Iran. In the second work, Farsi has collected the names of Iranian women, historical and contemporary, to create a visible and accountable document of women’s public intellectual labor in Iran and abroad. The last piece of work includes an arrangement of 1,000 live tulips. The tulip is a potent and complex symbol in Iranian culture, having been used to represent martyrdom, renewal and opposition. Planted specifically for “The Points of Departure” at the turn of spring equinox, the tulips move through their cycle of regeneration, to grow, bloom and change throughout the exhibition.

Farsi’s work has been exhibited at venues including Portland Institute of Contemporary Art, Disjecta Contemporary Art Center, Pitzer College Art Galleries, Tacoma Art Museum, the Urban Institute of Contemporary Art, Grand Rapids, MI; Delaware Center for the Contemporary Arts, among others. Born in Iran, Farsi lives and works in Eugene, where she is on the faculty at the University of Oregon.



Exhibitions of regional, national and international stature are on view throughout the academic year in the 1,500 square foot space at Linfield College. Patrons can expect challenging shows that exemplify diverse approaches to the practice of contemporary visual art.

All exhibits are free and open to the public. Gallery hours are Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Saturday from noon to 5 p.m. The gallery is located in the James F. Miller Fine Arts Center on the Linfield College campus.

For more information, call 503-883-2804 or visit Linfield Gallery at