In September 2023, the Insitute for the Humanities and the Department of Middle East Studies welcome artist Orkideh Torabi to the University of Michigan.  During her residency, Torabi will meet with students, deliver a Special Stamps Lecture, participate in a panel on women and revolutionary art in Iran, and give a lecture on her life and work on the U-M Dearborn.

Torabi was born in Tehran and earned her MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2016 and she received her MA and BFA from The University of Art in Tehran. Through her vibrant and intricate paintings, Torabi challenges traditional notions of femininity, power dynamics, and identity. Her unique artistic style blends elements of Persian miniature painting with contemporary imagery, blurring the boundaries between the past and the present.



Sept 25 — “Women and Revolutionary Art in Iran” panel discussion with Orkideh Torabi, Nahid Siamdoust, Niloofar Sarlati, and moderator Kathryn Babayan, 7pm, Rackham East Conference Room, 915 E. Washington

Sept 26 — “Blurring Boundaries: A Theatrical Journey Through Cultural Identity,” Special Penny Stamps Lecture by Orkideh Torabi, 5:30pm, Rackham Amphitheatre, 915 E. Washington

Sept 26 — Orkideh Torabi welcome reception, 6:30pm, Institute for the Humanities, 202 S. Thayer

Sept 28 — “Orkideh’s Comical Character Parade” lecture by Orkideh Torabi, 6pm, U-M Dearborn Mardigian Library, 4901 Evergreen, Dearborn

Orkideh Torabi is the 2023 Jean Yokes Woodhead Visting Fellow at the Institute for the Humanities. This event is part of the LSA's fall 2023 Arts & Resistance theme semester.