Aroosi Exhibition in Los Angeles: 150 Years of Iranian Wedding Traditions
Farhang Foundation, USC Libraries, and USC Dornsife Department of Middle East
Studies present an exhibition celebrating Iran’s rich wedding traditions.
Within its great ethnical diversity, religious plurality, and cultural
differences, the Iranian society considers the wedding ritual and its related
ceremonies and customs as one of the most important pillars of Persian culture.
Iranian families within Iran and in the Diaspora celebrate the weddings of their
loved ones with great joy and happiness.
The preparation of a traditional wedding may begin a year in advance with
great joy. During this period, parents and family members of the bride and groom
work closely together on all parts of the planning and preparation, such as the
dowry list and bridal gifts, the wedding spread, and the wedding dress.
This first-ever exhibit provides a remarkable cultural insight through
fascinating visual art and material culture of the Iranian wedding since the
reign of Naser al-Din Shah Qajar (r. 1848-1896). The exhibition covers not only
the formal aspects, such as the pre-wedding documents and the beautifully
ornamented marriage contracts, but in addition Qajar embroidered fabrics and
textiles, paintings and photographs demonstrate the diversity of wedding
traditions among Iranian families.
Date: Feb 24 – May 31, 2020
USC’s Doheny Memorial Library
3550 Trousdale Pkwy. Los Angeles CA 90089 United States
MONDAY – FRIDAY 9-10PM
SATURDAYS 9AM – 6PM
SUNDAYS NOON TO 5PM (CLOSED ALL HOLIDAYS)
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