March 11, 2009 
“Quartet of Voices”
Fugues by 
Frank Rothkamm

Center for Book Arts
28 West 27th Street New York, NY 10001

Ernest Hood
Rika Lesser
David McCorkle
Zahra Partovi

In conjunction with “A Poet Speaks” Installation by Zahra Partovi 
Poetry of J.M. Rumi, in translation by Zahra Partovi

It is said that the poetry of Jalaluddin Mohammad Rumi is the closest a language can get to music. The “Quartet of Voices” performing on March 11th at the Center for Book Arts proves this point by a multi-layered bilingual recitation of this poetry in form of a musical quartet. Without sacrificing profound meaning of his timeless poetry, the quartet attempts to manifest the strong musicality of Rumi’s poetry. The text is treated as a musical score with added dynamics and expression marks, and just like 4 musical lines played by 4 instruments, various poems are woven together to create cohesive statement.
June 5, 2009 - September 6, 2009
Brooklyn Museum of Art
“The Light of the Sufis”
Included in the exhibit : “Fragments of Light II”
Translation Zahra Partovi
Artist Kelly Driscoll

New York Times Review
Saturday, June 13, 2009
Brooklyn Museum of Art
2 PM - 4 PM
“Ruminations with Zahra Partovi”

Zahra Partovi, whose artist book is featured in the special exhibition The Light of the Sufis, discusses her art in conversation with book artist Kelly Driscoll, Arts of the Islamic World curator Ladan Akbarnia, and principal librarian Deirdre Lawrence. The panel will address the production, collection, and display of Sufi-inspired artist books.
April 1, 2009
Center for Book Arts
Vincent FitzGerald received honorary award from Center for Book Arts, New Yorkhttp://www.centerforbookarts.orgshapeimage_6_link_0
January 15 - March 28, 2009
“A Poet Speaks”
Sound & Image Installation by Zahra Partovi
Center for Book Arts

A Poet Speaks, an experimental installation with three diverse elements, represents a ‘temple’ to poetry and homage to the words of the 13th century poet J. M. Rumi. The physical core of the installation is a wall of paper sewn onto booking mull. The sheets of paper are covered with the words of the poet. The sound installation, enveloping the visitor from various directions, is continuous recorded utterances of Rumi’s poetry by 60 readers, sometimes as recitation, but often in speaking tone. The hypnotically repetitive ‘moving image’ installation metaphorically captures one of the most important principles of the poet’s philosophy. These three elements of the installation, the wall, the audio and the video contrast and complement one another to open a window through which the viewer and listener can have a glimpse of the world of an enigmatic poet.

New Yorker Magazine reviewhttp://www.centerforbookarts.org
Brooklyn Museum Blog regarding June 13, 2009 event
Sufi-Inspired Artist Books “Ruminations with Zahra Partovi”
“The Bus” a film by Zahra Partovi
is completed and will be included in 2009 video_dumbo Film Festival.
Grace and Spiritus Chorale of Brooklyn Presents Spring 2010 Concert
Realms of Power & Desire: A Choral Celebration of Women Featuring a newly commissioned work by New York composer Jennifer Griffith

J M Rumi
Translation, Zahra Partovi

3 Performances
Also works by Barber, Boulanger, Monteverdi, Schubert and Strozzi.

Friday, May 21, 2010 at 7 pm 
Lafayette Avenue Presbyterian Church 
85 South Oxford Street, Fort Greene  (Map)

Saturday, May 22, 2010 at 7 pm 
St. Ann & the Holy Trinity Church 
157 Montague Street at Clinton St, Brooklyn Heights  (Map)

Sunday, May 23, 2010 at 4 pm 
Old First Reformed Church  
126 7th Ave at Carroll Street, Park Slope  (Map),+Fort+Greene&sll=37.0625,-95.677068&sspn=53.609468,114.169922&ie=UTF8&hq=&hnear=85+S+Oxford+St,+Brooklyn,+Kings,+New+York+11217&z=17,+Brooklyn+Heights&sll=37.0625,-95.677068&sspn=53.609468,114.169922&ie=UTF8&hq=&hnear=157+Montague+St,+Brooklyn,+Kings,+New+York+11201&z=17,+Park+Slope&sll=40.694672,-73.993009&sspn=0.006337,0.013937&ie=UTF8&hq=&hnear=126+7th+Ave,+Brooklyn,+Kings,+New+York+11215&z=17shapeimage_14_link_0shapeimage_14_link_1shapeimage_14_link_2shapeimage_14_link_3shapeimage_14_link_4
A Film by Zahra Partovi 

Screening Tuesday March 23, 2010 * 7PM 
Doors open at 6 PM
Film Duration: 24 Minutes
Sundaram Tagore Gallery 
547 West 27th Street  New York, NY 10001 

Open to the public

A Film by Zahra Partovi

Screening Monday April 19, 2010 *7:30 PM
343 Malcolm X Blvd / Lenox Ave (Between 127th and 128th Streets)
In celebration of New York City Mayor’s “Immigrant Heritage Week”
by Jalaluddin Mohammad Rumi.
Translated by Zahra Partovi.
Sculpture by Linda Schrank.

Linda Schrank lives and works in New York City and in Lucignano, Val di Chiana, Italy. Her principal solo exhibitions include Rosenberg + Kaufman Fine Art, NYC; Kidder Smith Gallery, Boston, MA; A.I.R. Gallery, NYC; Columbia University; Brown University; Fairleigh Dickinson University; The Museum of Ceramics, Monte San Savino, Italy; and The Etruscan Museum, Cortona, Italy. Her work is included in numerous private and public collections, among others, The Morgan Library and Museum, NYC; The Corcoran Museum of Art, Washington, D.C.; Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MA; The New York Public Library; The Rose Art Museum, Waltham, MA; The Boston Public Library; The International Museum of the Woman in Art, Abruzzo, Italy; and the Museo Regionale della Ceramica, Deruta, Italy.
Linda Schrank has won residence grants at The American Academy in Rome, Italy; the Sanskriti Foundation, New Delhi, India; the Valparaiso Foundation, Almeria, Spain; Yaddo; The Virginia Center for the Creative Arts; The Brooklyn Museum and The Brandywine Graphic Workshop, Philadelphia.
She has also received two grants from the Pratt Faculty Development Fund where she teaches painting in the Graduate School of Fine Arts.FRAGMENTS_OF_LIGHT_5.htmlshapeimage_16_link_0
Each of the 12  publication in the Masnavi series of the poetry of Jalaluddin Mohammad Rumi in Zahra Partovi's translation, has been dedicated to the memory of an indivisual.
"Fragments of Light 5" is dedicated to Sylvia Radov for her lifelong commitment to books.

From Eulogy by Rabbi Dov Taylor at Congregation Solel on September 28th, 2006

A letter from Sylvia Radov to Rabbi Dov Taylor on September 15, 1994. Personal expression for Yom Kippur Morning.

"On this special day I want to speak in praise and thanksgiving for our hands - yours, mine and those of all men and women. What a wondrous gift hands are!
"My hands can caress a loved one, prepare a meal and convert clay into objects that are useful, interesting and may be even beautiful. Yours can write a poem, produce music, plant flowers, embroider a Chuppa or make a grand slam, no trump.
"Our combined congregational hands have recently been extended through the Yad-le-Yad project to our fellow Jews in former Soviet Republics. 
"The use of hands to create and communicate is, for me, pure joy.
"The twinges of pain in the hands experienced by people of my age are apart of life. Do you think their purpose is to keep us oldsters in line - or to remind us that if we want to do something we'd better do it now, for who knows what condition they will be in tomorrow!
"The Hebrew word for hand is Yad. The little hand with extended forefinger used as pointer when reading the Torah is called a Yad. Extending that use of the word Yad leads us to thoughts of knowledge, wisdom and observance.
"The same word Yad also means 'power'. It takes the power of good minds to direct our hands and develop and use their skills. Let us recognize this power and use it well.
"I ask forgiveness for any evil done by my hands - whether intentional or not - and pray that we will have the strength and health to create good and beauty with our minds and hearts through the use of our hands."
Two Films by Zahra Partovi

Screening Thursday March 31, 2011 *7PM
Carl G. Jung Center
28 East 39th Street New York, NY 10016
Screening Sponsored by ARAS (Archive for Reserch in Archetypal Symbolism)
June 23, 2011
Lotos Club 
5 East 66th Street New York, NY 10065

Vincent FitzGerald, Zahra Partovi and Joan Busing lecture/presentation at the Lotos Club in New York City, presenting the Divan-E-Shams, The Reed and A Woman’s Love & Life publications of Vincent FitzGerald & Co.
The Best of Both Worlds
Grolier Club 
47 East 60th Street New York, NY 10065

Finely Printed Livres d’Artistes 1910- 2010
Exhibit Opening May 17, 2011
Vincent FitzGerald lecture/panel discussion May 26, 2011
by Jalaluddin Mohammad Rumi.
Translated by Zahra Partovi
With lithographs by Fran Siegel
Edition: 35 
Lithography printing: Kelly Driscoll
Calligraphy: Jerry Kelly
Letterpress printing: Kelly/Winterton
Paper: Dieu Donné Papermill
Laser cutting: Studio Associates
Steel: Milgo Bufkin
Box:BookLab II
Page: 6 1/2 x 9 1/2”
Book size: 13 x 9 1/2”

FRAN SIEGEL’S light reactive drawings and installations engage perceptual shifts within architectural environments. Recent site-specific projects include her representation of the United States at the IX International Bienal of Cuenca, Ecuador, Muzeum Sztuki, Lodz, Poland, Nuova Icona, Venice, Italy, and the Museum of Art and Design in New York. Los Angeles projects include the Armory in Pasadena, Barnsdall Municipal Art Gallery, Torrance Art Museum, Ben Maltz Gallery at Otis College, and Rogue Wave at LA Louver. This past year Siegel’s work was included in “From and About Place - 7 Artists from LA” at the Center for Contemporary Art in Tel Aviv, curated by Alma Ruiz. 

Fran Siegel received the 2006 Individual Artist Fellowship from The City of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs (C.O.L.A.). Residency awards include Yaddo, Edward Albee Foundation, Ucross Foundation, and the American Academy in Rome. Siegel is a nominee for the prestigious USA Artist Award.

Siegel earned her M.F.A. from Yale University School of Art, and B.F.A. from Tyler School of Art, Temple University in Philadelphia and Rome.

Published reviews of her work include Art in America, Art News, Asian Art News, New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Boston Globe, Art New England, ArtWeek, Arts, and Sculpture Magazines.
by Judith Turner

A portfolio of ten chromogenic prints on metallic paper.
Edition: 20
Letterpress printing: the Kelly-Winterton Press
Box: Just Plastics.
Size: 5 x 5”.

For further additions by Judith Turner, see: 
29. THE PARTHENON PEDIMENTS – Selected Fragments
31. DIVAN E SHAMSTRANSITIONS.htmlPARABLES_AND_PIECES.htmlAFTER.htmlTHE_PARTHENON_PEDIMENTS.htmlDIVAN_E_SHAMS.htmlshapeimage_24_link_0shapeimage_24_link_1shapeimage_24_link_2shapeimage_24_link_3shapeimage_24_link_4
April 12, 2012
The Light of the Sublime 
Retrospective of Rumi Publications 

Rochester Institute of Technology
Cary Graphic Arts Collection
90 Lomb Memorial Drive
Rochester NY 14623

Presented by Cary Graphic Arts Library 

Image of JM Rumi by Susan Weil

November 18, 2011
7 PM
Free admission
The Morgan Library & Museum
225 Madison Avenue New York, NY 10016

Treasures of Islamic Manuscript Painting from the Morgan
Gallery tour by Mr. William Voelkle, curator of Medieval & Renaissance Manuscripts.
Zahra Partovi speaks of the poetry of J.M. Rumi.

October 20, 2011
The Morgan Library & Museum
225 Madison Avenue New York, NY 10016

Treasures of Islamic Manuscript Painting from the Morgan
Gallery tour for visiting committee by Mr. William Voelkle, curator of Medieval & Renaissance Manuscripts.
For the Visiting Committee, Department of Medieval & Renaissance Manuscripts.
Zahra Partovi spoke of Rumi’s poetry and question of translation.
Vincent FitzGerald & Co.Vincent_FitzGerald_%26_Co..html
Publication ListPublication_List.html
by Jalaluddin Mohammad Rumi.
Translated by Zahra Partovi.
Photogravure & Chromogenics by Judith Turner.

Like any photographer, light is essential to my endeavor. In keeping with the sprit of Rumi I, too, have always been interested in opposites and the play of light and dark.

In my work light and dark are visual elements; Rumi’s meditations on light and dark lifts the discussion to a metaphysical level, reaching for a higher meaning.

Judith Turner
Oct 2011FRAGMENTS_OF_LIGHT_3.htmlshapeimage_37_link_0
by Jalaluddin Mohammad Rumi.
Translated by Zahra Partovi.
Visual Projection by Naho Taruishi.
Sound by Zahra Partovi.
Harp Performance by Alyssa Reit.

Recalling Plato 's Allegory of the Cave in a miniature tale, this short fragment from Book I of The Masnavi of Rumi tells of a bird and a hunter pursuing its shadow. Sound of clocks and flutters enter us into the realm of light and dark of the projection. Abstract images shift from an opening gate of light, to a flying bird, to a closing eye on the horizon, and to a veil of light into darkness. Finally the sound and image converge in the sweep of the bird soaring away. As a whole, this installation articulates a space to be visible, invisible, audible and silent.FRAGMENTS_OF_LIGHT_6.htmlshapeimage_38_link_0
Lecture at Corcoran

February 1, 2013
6 - 8 pm
Corcoran College of Art + Design
Armand Hammer Auditorium
500 Seventeenth Street NW
Washington DC
Phone: 202-298-2545

Art and the Book Graduate Program with support from the Washington Print Club Presents:
Vincent FitzGerald & Co.with Vincent FitzGerald and Zahra Partovi
Susan Weil 
Solo Exhibition
May 16th through June 16th, 2013
Opening Reception May 16th, 2013
Sundaram Tagore Gallery
547 West 27th Street
New York, NY 10001
A Film by Zahra Partovi

World Premiere Screening
May 28th, 2013 * 6:30 PM
Sundaram Tagore Gallery
547 West 27th Street
New York, NY 10001
A Film by Zahra Partovi

The Standby Program presents a screening of Noise by Zahra Partovi

Friday September 20, 2013 * 7:00 PM
There will be a short Q&A afterwards

One East 53rd Street
New York City

Free and open to the public

ActorCor Choral Ensemble

Two concerts with poetry of Jalaluddin Mohammad Rumi With Zahra Partovi's translations

Saturday May 4th, 2013 * 7PM
First Unitarian Congregational Society
116 Pierrepont Street, Brooklyn Heights

Sunday May 5th, 2013 * 5PM
All Souls Unitarian Church
80th Street & Lexington Avenue, Manhattanhttp://actorcor.orghttp://zahrapartovi.comshapeimage_44_link_0shapeimage_44_link_1

The NewFilmmakers Series presents a screening of Noise

Wednesday January 8, 2014 *7:30 PM

Anthology Film Archives
32 Second Avenue
New York City


Suddenly The Moon (2013), a Weil Books publication, formatted and printed in a limited edition of 70 copies by O. Ruby Productions, is a collection of music pieces by composer Zahra Partovi and images by Susan Weil. Each copy is numbered and signed by both composer and artist.

Music Performance by:
Benjamin Baron
Caroline Chin
Ming Fong
James Johnston
Kelli Kathman
Brian Snow
Blueprints: A Collaboration
Susan Weil & José Betancourt
Friday, February 7 through Sunday, May 25, 2014
Opening Reception Friday, February 7, 5:00 p.m.
Asheville Art Museum
2 S. Pack Square, Asheville NC 28801

“Artist Susan Weil, who was a student at Black Mountain College, and photographer José Betancourt began collaborating in 1996, eventually creating a dynamic series of blueprint photographs, or cyanotypes...
Weil has collaborated with various calligraphers, bookbinders and handmade paper-makers to produce her series of limited-edition artist’s books, Livres d’Artistes, published by Vincent FitzGerald & Co. In her Livres, Weil’s etchings, drawings, paintings, paper cuts and gold leaf accompany stories and poems by Rumi, Gertrude Stein and James Joyce, among others.”

Top image: Moon Cycle, 2012, Cyanotypes by Susan Weil & José Betancourt
Bottom image: From Meta Mor For The Moon, 1994, Livres d’Artistes by Susan Weil, Published by Vincent FitzGerald & Co.