Symposium: Persepolis, Then and Now

When 21 Nov 2019
Where NYU Silver Center for Arts and Sciences
Hemmerdinger Hall, Silver Center (enter at 32 Waverly Place, or 31 Washington Place for wheelchair access)
New York, NY 10003
United States
Enquiry 212.998.1212

This event is in conjunction with the exhibition Modernisms: Iranian, Turkish, and Indian Highlights from NYU’s Abby Weed Grey Collection on view at the Grey Art Gallery from September 10 to December 7, 2019.

This symposium organized by Matthew S. Santirocco, Professor of Classics and Angelo J. Ranieri Director of Ancient Studies (NYU), will bring together a panel of speakers to explore the history and archaeology of ancient Persepolis—along with its revival in the modern era, in the visual imaginations of artists such as Parviz Tanavoli and others.

Matthew Santirocco (Classics/Center for Ancient Studies, NYU)
Lucy Oakley (Grey Art Gallery, NYU)

SESSION I – Ancient Persepolis and Its Rediscoveries
Moderator: Hallie Franks (Gallatin School, NYU)

Builders, Sculptors and Painters on an Archaeological Site in Iran, c. 520- 330 BCE
Alexander Nagel (SUNY-FIT and the Smithsonian Institution)

The Power of Persepolis: From Sābūr Sakānšāh to Cornelis de Bruijn
Daniel T. Potts (Institute for the Study of the Ancient World, NYU)


SESSION II – Persepolis in the Modern Artistic Imagination
Moderator: Ali Mirsepassi (Gallatin School/Middle Eastern & Islamic Studies, NYU)

Persepolis and Modern Cinema: Redemption of Ruin and Nation
Farbod Honarpisheh (Film and Media Studies, Yale University)

Iannis Xenakis and Persepolis: Music as Spectacle
Carey Lovelace (Independent Curator)

Parviz Tanavoli, Persepolis, and the Reinvention of Persian Sculpture
Lucy Oakley (Grey Art Gallery, NYU)


Organized by NYU’s Center for Ancient Studies in conjunction with the Grey Art Gallery, and co-sponsored by the Hagop Kevorkian Center for Near Eastern Studies, the Iranian Studies Initiative (ISI-NYU), and the College of Arts and Science.

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Image: Parviz Tanavoli, Heech, 1972, Bronze on wood base, 22 1/4 x 12 x 8 in. (56.5 x 30.5 x 20.3 cm). Grey Art Gallery, New York University Art Collection. Gift of Abby Weed Grey, G1975.54 © Parviz Tanavoli

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