‘Infinite Possibility’ to showcase cultural compromise through media at the Chrysler Museum of Art

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Monir Sharoudy Farmanfarmaian(Iranian, b. 1924) Third Family—Nonagon (detail), 2011Mirror, reverse-glass painting, and acrylic 46.5 x 45.5 x 8 inchesArtwork © Monir FarmanfarmaianCourtesy of the artist and Haines Gallery, San Francisco. Photo by Robert Divers Herrick
Monir Sharoudy Farmanfarmaian (Iranian, b. 1924) Third Family—Nonagon (detail), 2011 Mirror, reverse-glass painting, and acrylic 46.5 x 45.5 x 8 inches Artwork © Monir Farmanfarmaian. Courtesy of the artist and Haines Gallery, San Francisco. (Photo by Robert Divers Herrick)

NORFOLK — A gallery featuring drawings and glass work reflecting an artist’s cultural compromise between Iranian folk art and New York City’s modern abstract, avant-garde style is set to open at the Chrysler Museum of Art this month.

“Monir Shahroudy Farmanfarmaian: Infinite Possibility. Mirror Works and Drawings 1974–2014” will open March 16 at the museum’s glass project’s space. Admission is free and and the gallery will end July 7, according to the museum’s website.

“We are thrilled for the opportunity to exhibit her mirror mosaics and drawings within the context of our glass galleries and as part of a more expansive, encyclopedic museum collection,” Diane Wright, the Chrysler Museum’s Barry curator of glass said in a museum news release.

Farmanfarmaian studied at the University of Tehran in Iran before moving to the United States, where she befriended artists like Jackson Pollock and Andy Warhol, according to the website.

“My work is not distinct from Iranian architecture,” Farmanfarmaian said in a 2015 documentary about her art titled “Monir.” “Starting with a triangle then moving toward a ten-sided polygon … so I want to show the infinite possibilities of creating new life forms out of these geometric forms.”