Opening Day Community Celebration: Light and Shadows: The Story of Iranian Jews
An afternoon of art, music, history, and culture!
12–5 pm Galleries open. Tea and cookies provided by Ce Soir Catering.
Hello! Shalom! Salam! Art Activities
Welcome the opening of the exhibition Light and Shadows and explore the works on view. As you learn about Jewish values of righteousness, design your very own tzedakah box to collect spare change for causes you believe in. Make a wish for your family as you create your own embossed silver hamsa charm, a sign for protection and good luck that is displayed in homes throughout the world, including Iran and Israel.
Building Bridges Rooftop Experience
Artist Marjan K. Vayghan (above right) brings a Building Bridges Rooftop Experience from Iran to the Fowler Museum’s Terrace. A participatory "My Heart Is In the East, and I Am At the Ends of the West" installation, Building Bridges offer food and poetry as a platform for dialogue about cultural pride and heritage.
1:30 pm and 3 pm
Enjoy a brief santūr performance by UCLA freshman Timothy Halimi
Rabbi David Shofet, Younes Nazarian, and Sharon Nazarian
Fowler OutSpoken Lecture: Nahid Pirnazar on Light and Shadows : The Tapestry of Iranian Jewish Heritage: Reflections on Historical, Sociocultural and Political Relations
In this opening day program, Nahid Pirnazar (above left), a lecturer in Iranian Studies at UCLA who teaches the history of Iranian Jews and Judeo-Persian literature, reflects on how Iranian Jews have influenced and been influenced by Iranian culture and identity. Additionally, Pirnazar discusses how, in more recent years, Iranian Jews have continued to balance their attachment to both their religious homeland, Israel, and cultural homeland, Iran, while adjusting to their new environments in the United States and elsewhere. Seating for this talk in our 300+ seat Lenart Auditorium is first-come, first-served.