This Too is Iran: A Monts Hall Photo Exhibition

by | Oct 28, 2015

With the fall exhibition season in full swing, the University of Michigan Detroit Center is proud to present “This, too, is Iran,” a captivating collection of assorted photos by Sally Bjork. Located in Monts Hall, the exhibition runs from November 20, 2015 – January 9, 2016.

In May 2015, Sally Bjork, photographer at the U-M Department of the History of Art’s Visual Resources Collections, took part in a 16-day tour through major cities and regions of Iran. Her charge was to photograph sites, monuments, artwork, and urban and rural environments that could be used for research and teaching amongst numerous disciplines. The result – some 8,000 images that celebrate life, vibrancy, and color, as well as Iranian traditions of art and design through the centuries.

Bjork selected various images from this extensive collection to create “This, too, is Iran,” broadening the perspective of Iran for an American audience. Organized by the Detroit Center, this exhibition is made possible by the Center for Middle Eastern and North African Studies, Department of Anthropology, Department of Comparative Literature, Department of the History of Art (Freer Fund), and Department of Near Eastern Studies.

An opening reception for this exhibition will be held from 6-8 p.m. on Friday, December 4. at 7 p.m. The reception will include an informal talk by Ms. Bjork regarding her work. Complimentary admission, refreshments, and parking in the DSO structure are available for all attendees.

The gallery is open to the public Monday-Thursday from 9 a.m. – 9 p.m., and 9 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, including complimentary parking and admission.

For more information, contact the Detroit Center at (313) 593-3584 or