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Preview Celebration of Shirin Neshat Exhibition at Detroit Institute of Arts - Artist Shirin Neshat at VIP reception; singer Sussan Deyhim to perform

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

March 12, 2013 (Detroit)—The Detroit Institute of Arts (DIA) is hosting a preview celebration of the exhibition Shirin Neshat on Saturday, April 6 at 6 p.m. and 8 p.m. Shirin Neshat will be in attendance and Iranian vocalist and composer Sussan Deyhim will perform. The event is sponsored by the DIA auxiliary Friends of Modern and Contemporary Art (FMCA).

The exhibition, which opens to the public on Sunday, April 7, is a mid-career retrospective of Iranian-born artist Shirin Neshat, who is known for her exceptional photography, films and video installations that deal with issues of gender, politics and identity. Her art explores the spaces between her personal aspirations, extraordinary life story, and socio-political situation in Iran, and, by extension, the Muslim world. Though deeply rooted in her Iranian background, Neshat’s work also incorporates universal themes of empowerment, loss, sacrifice and the human desire for expression.

Iranian singer and composer Sussan Deyhim has received international acclaim for her eclectic vocal textures that mix traditional Iranian a influences with western classical, jazz and electronic music. She is featured on the soundtracks of The Kite Runner and The Last Temptation of Christ and, most recently, on the soundtrack of Argo, which was nominated for an Academy Award for original score, and won the Oscar for Best Picture.

There are two ticket levels for the April 6 preview, and tickets are limited:

6 p.m. Premier Celebration, $250 (includes $100 donation to FMCA)
This VIP reception includes an exclusive exhibition viewing, cocktails, dinner, desserts and entertainment featuring Sussan Deyhim. Valet parking at the Farnsworth St. entrance.

8 p.m. Dessert Regale, $85
Enjoy desserts, cocktails and entertainment featuring Sussan Deyhim. Valet parking at the Woodward Ave. entrance.

To purchase tickets or for more information, visit or contact Tarya Stanford at 313-833-4020 or

Shirin Neshat 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.

About FMCA
Friends of Modern and Contemporary Art (FMCA), the museum’s oldest and largest auxiliary, supports and enhances the DIA’s James Pearson Duffy Department of Contemporary Art by promoting a better understanding of modern and contemporary art and creating fund-raising initiatives for the purchase of important new works of art in diverse mediums.


The Detroit Institute of Arts (DIA), one of the premier art museums in the United States, is home to more than 60,000 works that comprise a multicultural survey of human creativity from ancient times through the 21st century. From the first Van Gogh painting to enter a U.S. museum (Self-Portrait, 1887), to Diego Rivera's world-renowned Detroit Industry murals (1932–33), the DIA's collection is known for its quality, range, and depth. The DIA’s mission is to create opportunities for all visitors to find personal meaning in art.

Programs are made possible with support from the City of Detroit and residents of Wayne, Oakland and Macomb counties.

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