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Shirin Neshat

Sunday, April 07, 2013 – Sunday, July 07, 2013

  • For Everyone

Shirin Neshat, an Iranian American artist living in New York City, is widely acclaimed for her extraordinary video installations and photographs, yet her collected works are rarely considered as a singular production or displayed together. This mid-career retrospective includes eight video installations and two series of photography. Through visual metaphor and compelling sound, Neshat confronts the complexities of identity, gender and power to express her own vision that embraces the depth of Islamic tradition and Western concepts of individuality and liberty.

This exhibition is free with museum admission.

The DIA presents a variety of public programs in conjunction with Shirin Neshat that expand on the themes, materials, and topics explored in this special exhibition.

Iranian Cinema Series

All films will be shown in the Detroit Film Theatre. Admission is free for DIA members and tri-county residents; $5 for all others. Visit the winter 2013 DFT schedule to see a complete list of films.

GLOBAL IMAGINARIES | Individual Realities

This lecture series establishes a platform for artists and their communities to enter into a conversation about socially engaged art. Admission is free with registration at fmca-dia.org. Join the conversation at globalimaginarydia.org—the official blog for the lecture series, which features videos and posts about the lectures.

Sponsored by Friends of Modern and Contemporary Art and The Center for the Study of Citizenship at Wayne State University.

Shirin Neshat discusses art, aesthetics, politics, and identity in this video series for the DIA.



This catalogue, which accompanies the exhibition, includes insightful essays on Shirin Neshat's work and in-depth treatment of eight video installations and two series of photography.

Member's Price: $54.00
Nonmember's price: $60.00

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Exhibition App

For Shirin Neshat, the DIA has developed its first exhibition app. In Shirin Neshat at the DIA, we invite you to explore the breadth of Shirin Neshat's work through video clips and interactive presentations of selected still images, as well as a video interview with the artist and additional information about her life and inspiration. The app, which is designed for iPad and Android tablets, is free.

Download on iTunes         Download on Google Play


A field trip to see Shirin Neshat can be used to address the Michigan Department of Education's Grade Level Content Expectations for grades nine to 12. Through Shirin Neshat's representation of her personal experiences and perspectives on Iranian and Islamic culture, students will have the opportunity to discover themes that are at once personal and universal. Click here to learn more about a school field trip.

Speakers Bureau

One of the DIA's highly-trained Speakers Bureau volunteers will bring to your group, organization, or venue a forty-five minute illustrated overview of the exhibition. Speakers Bureau talks have a suggested donation of $50. Schedule your Shirin Neshat Speakers Bureau talk today by calling 313-833-1510 or complete the online Speakers Bureau reservation request form.


This exhibition is organized by the Detroit Institute of Arts. Generous support has been provided by the MetLife Foundation, The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, the National Endowment for the Arts, The Robert Mapplethorpe Foundation, and Marjorie & Maxwell Jospey Foundation. Additional support has been provided by the City of Detroit.

Image: Shirin Neshat, Offered Eyes, 1993, RC print and ink, © Shirin Neshat, Courtesy of the artist and Gladstone Gallery, New York and Brussels.

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