Dear friends,

Please join me at Freer Sackler Gallery in the Smithsonian Museum, for a very special event in Washington DC.

Film and Conversation: Inspired by Forough Farrokhzad

Renowned composer, vocalist, and performance artist Sussan Deyhim presents excerpts from her stage production The House is Black Media recently presented at Royce Hall CAPUCLA and her art installation Dawn of the Cold Season. Both productions were inspired by the work of legendary feminist poet Forough Farrokhzad (1935 - 1967). Following a screening of Farrokhzad's groundbreaking documentary The House is Black (Iran, 1962, 22 min.), Deyhim talks about her own ongoing projects and Farrokhzad's enduring influence on Iranian art and culture.

Deyhim developed these productions through fellowships at Robert Rauschenberg at the Residency at the Rauschenberg Foundation and CAP UCLA Residency, as well as with a grant from the Farhang Foundation. Presented as part of Contemporary Iran through Film, a series highlighting prominent figures in contemporary Iranian art, in conjunction with Shirin Neshat: Facing History at the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden.

Venue: Freer Gallery of Art
Location: Meyer Auditorium
Date: Saturday July 18, 2015
Time: 2-3pm
Cost: Free
Related Exhibition Abbas Kiarostami: Five Inspired by Ozu and Shirin Neshat: Facing History
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Friends in Los Angeles,

Join us for a very special event "The Untold Story of Iran" at the Last Bookstore. A conversation with writer, activist, Huffington Post and Daily Beast contributor Dr Nina Ansari about her new release "Jewels of Allah" and "Off the Radar" a new release by writer Cyrus Copland, a commanding speaker with a bi-cultural perspective, moderated by Sam Razi, editor-in-chief of INN.

Event: The Untold Story of Iran
Time: Friday July 10 at 7.00pm-9.30pm
Place: The Last Bookstore
453 S Spring St, Los Angele, Ca
Cost: Free Event!
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Update on "The House is Black Media Performance":

Very excited to announce we are in the process of organizing the US tour for my media project "The House is Black" for the 2016-2017 calender. There have been many requests from you to see aspects of the project we recently presented at Royce Hall at the Ccenter for the Art of Performance at UCLA. Delighted to let you know there's a trailer from the World Premiere of the piece now available to all on youtube.

You can see the Trialer HERE.
More info: The House is Black


Sussan Deyhim accomplished with her voice was a revelation. Pointing out that she was an Iranian woman being accompanied by a Jewish brass player and a Jewish bassist, she created an atmosphere in which we could no longer believe in the current political fire that is ready to ignite the spaces that separate Iran from Israel, from the United States, and from most of the Western World. I could see directly why there was a time – ancient Egypt and the old Orphic Tradition, to name but two – when music was the master teacher simply because it restores the soul; it opens the mind like a great lens so that your eye is my eye, is the bee’s eye, is the whale’s eye, is the eye of Earth peering out into endless reaches of starry grandeur and mysterious forms of life waiting to be born.

Without artists the Earth would already be scorched a thousand times over: ashes unable to eke out any more green shoots. For seven hours at the Avalon the green shoots of hope were everywhere. The growth could not be contained. Befitting the ecstasy at the end, my camera battery ran out and I could no longer record: instead I jumped on the green wave and vanished into a world worthy of our protection and – as all the artists stated all night – our undying love, that creative courage sustains as a matter of course. Sussan Deyhim had a smile that transcended every border man has ever created. It was art and artists who united Iranian and Jew on the stage – and labored together to bring the house down. Glorious harmony as voice, bass and brass – including a ram’s horn – alternated with feverish excitement. It was the trance of the spirit of our own time, gathering itself up to survive intact, smiling, passionate, capable, able to see its way through illusion and false paths.forms of life waiting to be born.