Morehshin Allahyari

Undergraduate Discipline

Visual and Studio Arts

BA, Tehran University. MA, University of Denver. MFA, University of North Texas. Exhibitions include Venice Biennale di Archittectura, New Museum, The Whitney Museum of American Art, Pompidou Center, Museum of Contemporary Art in Montreal, Queens Museum, Pori Museum, Dallas Museum of Art, and Museum für Angewandte Kunst, among others. Attended residencies and fellowship programs at Carnegie Mellon University’s STUDIO for Creative Inquiry, Autodesk Pier9 Workshop, the Vilém Flusser Residency Program for Artistic Research in association with Transmediale, Eyebeam’s one-year research residency, and Pioneer Works program. Recipient of The United States Artist Fellowship, The Joan Mitchell Foundation Painters & Sculptors Grant, The Sundance Institute New Frontier International Fellowship, and the Leading Global Thinkers of 2016 award by Foreign Policy magazine. Her work is in the collections of San Francisco Museum of Art and Whitney Museum of American Art. SLC, 2021-

Undergraduate Courses 2021-2022

Visual and Studio Arts

Sculptural and Spatial Activism

Open, Seminar—Fall

This is a theory and practice course, focusing on critical thinking for sculptural and spatial making through the lens of history, activism, and the “radical outside.” In this class, we will both learn about and learn to create multimedia and interdisciplinary sculptural work. We will consider object making as a position that exists within a larger context—beginning from where it is “installed” to what it “activates” and how it relates to cultural, social, and political issues around us. We will focus on topics such as refiguring, activism, digital colonialism, and world-building, with each student having the choice of the medium, materials, and topics they are interested in exploring. This class is and will be a growing collective effort for “reflective thinking” and asking difficult questions about sculptural work as a practice that, for too long, has been approached and taught from a one-dimensional, binary, and culturally/demographically isolated history. In addition to assignments that will allow practical creation for each student, we will read and discuss the words and works of thinkers, artists, designers, and collectives with a major focus on women, IBPOC, non-Western, and LGBTQ+ communities.