City Paper is not for tourists
The Iranian art shown at the Fridge’s “I RAN Home (in America)” is not about headscarves or hardships, but the work is heady nonetheless. The oft-milked A Flock of Seagulls-inspired title aside, curators Isabella Hughes and Barbara Petro, both of Iranian descent, have curated a thoughtful show with an eye for the ways in which young Iranians experience culture from East to West. Toward the West, there’s Eric Robert Parnes, who has turned religious symbols into blinged-out fashion statements, alongside a Farsi neon sign that translates “Sex, Drugs and Rock & Roll.” Pooneh Maghazehe, inspired by the famous “Beef: It’s What’s for Dinner” slogan, brands meats with an Islamic pattern as a comment on consumerism and identity. Eastward, you’ll find dreamy photographs by Hadieh Shafie, whose “Spin & Pari” series depict spirits and the spirituality of the dance of a Whirling Dervish.
THE EXHIBITION IS ON VIEW TUESDAY–THURSDAY, 11 A.M.-7 P.M., AND FRIDAY AND SATURDAY, NOON–8 P.M., TO NOV. 29 AT THE FRIDGE, 516 8TH ST SE, REAR ALLEY. FREE. (202) 664-4151.