In Le Caftan, Le Turban, a solo presentation of new paintings by Arlington Arts Center resident artist Negar Ahkami, the artist depicts European film and fashion icons clad in caftans and turbans. By combining Middle Eastern signifiers used in Western pop culture and art, Ahkami exposes the broader complex phenomenon of cultural appropriation.

About the Artist
Negar Ahkami (b. Baltimore, MD) holds a BA from Columbia University and an MFA from School of Visual Arts. She is an alumnae of Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture and Lower Manhattan Cultural Council’s Workspace Residency. Ahkami has exhibited at The Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, The North Carolina Museum of Art, The Walters Art Museum, Rutgers University, The Bronx Museum of Art, Leila Heller Gallery and Rossi and Rossi Gallery. Her work is in the collections of The New Britain Museum of American Art, Depaul University Art Museum, Wellington Management Company, the Mohammad Afkhami Collection, and the Farjam Collection.

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Add to Calendar 20220129 America/New_York 3550 Wilson Boulevard Arlington VA 22201 NEGAR AHKAMI: LE CAFTAN, LE TURBAN