Iran: Women Only
June 6, 2018 to September 23, 2018

Iran: Women Only focuses on the contemporary women of Iran, with a look back at the
early work of the artist started almost four decades ago. Goodman began her
photojournalism career in Iran covering the occupation of the US Embassy in Tehran
just months after hundreds of Iranian students took 52 Americans hostage. The
November 4, 1979 takeover lasted for 444 days, shattering the relationship between
these two former allies. With the experience of Iranian history unravelling in front of her
camera, Goodman and her colleague William Worthy Jr. returned in 1981 and 1983,
when all US media were banned from the country. Working for CBS-TV News and Time
magazine respectively, Goodman navigated her way across the war-torn country in
search of the indefinable images that would help bring understanding to what was the
enigma of Iran.

 

In producing this exhibit, Goodman chose to return to Iran in 2015 to search for many of
those she photographed decades earlier, and to photograph Iran in yet another pivotal
time in US-Iran relations - - the signing of the Iran Nuclear Agreement. But, the ravages
of war and time lead to records lost, faded friendships and discoveries of others thought
to have perished. Despite this, Goodman shows us two women she managed to track
down, both who were among those behind the Embassy takeover. One appears in the
B&W photo titled “Embassy Women,” taken in 1980. Now thirty-five years later, her
updated portrait captures her regal bearing as the country’s first female vice president.
Goodman contrasts her historic images, shown in B&W, with her color images of
women in contemporary Iran, revealing a defiant modernism emblematic of the
changing image of women in Iran today.