This essay is a review of the Iran Modern Exhibition, which took place at the Asia Society in New York from September 6, 2013, to January 5, 2014. The show was the first major international retrospective of Iranian art of the 1960s and 1970s. While shedding light on the featured art from a period that is lesser known outside of Iran, this essay mainly elaborates on the curatorial strategies at work in the exhibit.

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