alumNIGHTS at the Vancouver Art Gallery

Iranian-born and Vancouver-based, artist Parviz Tanavoli is widely recognized as the only Iranian artist to fully capture Iran’s dual cultural identities — both before and after Islam. His sculptural work has had an enduring influence on Iranian modernism. Parviz Tanavoli: Poets, Locks, Cages is the first major Canadian exhibition of works by this internationally celebrated artist, who has lived in Vancouver for over 30 years while maintaining a studio in Iran. Join alumni UBC‘s Fred Lee and fellow alumni for an evening at the Vancouver Art Gallery to hear from the gallery’s Director of Public Engagement and Learning Sirish Rao and guest curator Pantea Haghighi (BA’98, Art History) about this pivotal exhibit.

Presented in partnership with the Alireza Ahmadian (BA’11) Memorial Fundthe Vancouver Art Gallery, UBC Gift and Estate Planning, UBC faculties of Arts, Education, Medicine, Pharmaceutical Sciences and Sauder School of Business.


Fred Lee, BA’88 (he/him/his) — Senior Director, Alumni Engagement, alumni UBC


Pantea Haghighi, BA’98 (she/her/hers) — Guest Curator

Sirish Rao (he/him/his) — Director of Public Engagement and Learning, Vancouver Art Gallery

Monday, October 23, 2023

Vancouver Art Gallery
750 Hornby Street
Vancouver, BC
V6Z 2H7 – map


  • $40 for alumni
  • $45 for non-alumni/guests

Ticket price includes: Pre-reception and admission to the exhibit


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We acknowledge that UBC’s campuses are situated within the traditional territories of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Sḵwx̱wu7mesh (Squamish) and səl̓ilwətaɁɬ (Tsleil-Waututh), and in the traditional, ancestral, unceded territory of the Syilx Okanagan Nation and their peoples.

alumNIGHTS at the Vancouver Art Gallery - Parviz Tanavoli: Poets, Locks, Cages

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