Modernisms: Iranian, Turkish, and Indian Art, 1960s–1970s

Organized by the Grey Art Gallery. On tour at Rollins Museum of Art

September 17–December 31, 2022

Modernisms: Iranian, Turkish, and Indian Art, 1960s–1970s
at Rollins Museum of Art

Following its debut at NYU’s Grey Art Gallery in fall 2019, Modernisms: Iranian, Turkish, and Indian Highlights from NYU’s Abby Weed Grey Collection embarked on an international tour. From September 17, 2022 through December 31, 2022, the exhibition—retitled Modernisms: Iranian, Turkish, and Indian Art, 1960s–1970s—will be on view at Rollins Museum of Art at Rollins College.

Modernisms comprises an exhibition and publication that explore aspects of Iranian, Indian, and Turkish art from the 1960s and early ’70s via selected works from the Abby Weed Grey Collection of Modern Asian and Middle Eastern Art at New York University’s Grey Art Gallery. Featuring approximately twenty-five to thirty works from each of the three countries, the exhibition sheds light on how Iranian, Turkish, and Indian artists created works that drew on their specific heritages while also engaging in global discourses around key issues of modernity. It is the very first to bring together modern works from Iran, India, and Turkey.

The publication features essays that both further illuminate our concepts of modernism and make a substantial contribution to understanding art made outside the long-dominant North American–Western European axis. Also featured are correspondence, journals, invoices, exhibition brochures, invitations, and photographs from the Abby Weed Grey Papers housed in the NYU Archives, a treasure trove of materials that provides insights into Mrs. Grey’s motivations and aspirations as well as the challenges she faced in amassing an international collection.

Learn more about Rollins’ presentation of Modernisms here.

Header image: Bedri Rahmi Eyüboğlu, (Turkish), Full Moon [detail], 1961. Oil and glue on canvas, 50 7/8 x 42 in. Grey Art Gallery, New York University Art Collection Gift of Abby Weed Grey, G1975.293

Starts Saturday, Sep 17, 2022
Ends Saturday, Dec 31, 2022
Organized by Grey Art Gallery, NYU
Travel Grey Art Gallery, NYU: September 10–December 7, 2019 | Block Art Museum at Northwestern University: January 21–April 5, 2020 | New York University Abu Dhabi Art Gallery: November 15, 2021–February 5, 2022 | Rollins Museum of Art, Rollins College: September 17–December 31, 2022

Modernisms: Iranian, Turkish, and Indian Art, 1960s–1970s is organized by the Grey Art Gallery, New York University, and is made possible in part by the generous support of Dalinc and Mehves Ariburnu; WLS Spencer Foundation; A. Alfred Taubman Foundation; Avid Modjtabai; Violet Jabara Charitable Trust; Charina Endowment Fund; Alaleh and Ariel Ostad; the Grey’s Director’s Circle, Inter/National Council, and Friends; and the Abby Weed Grey Trust. In-kind support is provided by ArtCare Conservation. Support for the presentation at the Rollins Museum of Art is provided by the Drey Exhibition Fund and the General Exhibition Fund of the Rollins Museum of Art. Additional support comes from the State of Florida, the Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs, and the Florida Council on Arts and Culture. Lectures sponsored in part by Rollins College and the Thomas P. Johnson Distinguished Visiting Scholars program. Support of RMA’s educational programming comes from the Winifred Johnson Clive Foundation and the Joe and Sarah Galloway Foundation. Free Admission continues in 2022 courtesy of RMA Members. The Rollins Museum of Art is generously funded, in part, by Rollins College, Winter Park, FL.


Exhibition Types: Traveling