• Installation view
    Siah Armajani, Bridge Builder, September 9, 2016–January 22, 2017
    Charlotte Crosby Kemper Gallery, Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art, Kansas City, Missouri 
    © Siah Armajani, courtesy of the artist and Alexander Gray Associates, New York
    Photo: E. G. Schempf, 2016

    Installation view
    Siah Armajani, Bridge Builder, September 9, 2016–January 22, 2017
    Charlotte Crosby Kemper Gallery, Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art, Kansas City, Missouri 
    © Siah Armajani, courtesy of the artist and Alexander Gray Associates, New York
    Photo: E. G. Schempf, 2016

  • Installation view
    Siah Armajani, Bridge Builder, September 9, 2016–January 22, 2017
    Charlotte Crosby Kemper Gallery, Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art, Kansas City, Missouri 
    © Siah Armajani, courtesy of the artist and Alexander Gray Associates, New York
    Photo: E. G. Schempf, 2016

    Installation view
    Siah Armajani, Bridge Builder, September 9, 2016–January 22, 2017
    Charlotte Crosby Kemper Gallery, Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art, Kansas City, Missouri 
    © Siah Armajani, courtesy of the artist and Alexander Gray Associates, New York
    Photo: E. G. Schempf, 2016

  • Installation view
    Siah Armajani, Bridge Builder, September 9, 2016–January 22, 2017
    Charlotte Crosby Kemper Gallery, Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art, Kansas City, Missouri 
    © Siah Armajani, courtesy of the artist and Alexander Gray Associates, New York
    Photo: E. G. Schempf, 2016

    Installation view
    Siah Armajani, Bridge Builder, September 9, 2016–January 22, 2017
    Charlotte Crosby Kemper Gallery, Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art, Kansas City, Missouri 
    © Siah Armajani, courtesy of the artist and Alexander Gray Associates, New York
    Photo: E. G. Schempf, 2016

  • Installation view
    Siah Armajani, Bridge Builder, September 9, 2016–January 22, 2017
    Charlotte Crosby Kemper Gallery, Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art, Kansas City, Missouri 
    © Siah Armajani, courtesy of the artist and Alexander Gray Associates, New York
    Photo: E. G. Schempf, 2016

    Installation view
    Siah Armajani, Bridge Builder, September 9, 2016–January 22, 2017
    Charlotte Crosby Kemper Gallery, Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art, Kansas City, Missouri 
    © Siah Armajani, courtesy of the artist and Alexander Gray Associates, New York
    Photo: E. G. Schempf, 2016

  • Installation view
    Siah Armajani, Bridge Builder, September 9, 2016–January 22, 2017
    Charlotte Crosby Kemper Gallery, Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art, Kansas City, Missouri 
    © Siah Armajani, courtesy of the artist and Alexander Gray Associates, New York
    Photo: E. G. Schempf, 2016

    Installation view
    Siah Armajani, Bridge Builder, September 9, 2016–January 22, 2017
    Charlotte Crosby Kemper Gallery, Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art, Kansas City, Missouri 
    © Siah Armajani, courtesy of the artist and Alexander Gray Associates, New York
    Photo: E. G. Schempf, 2016

  • Installation view
    Siah Armajani, Bridge Builder, September 9, 2016–January 22, 2017
    Charlotte Crosby Kemper Gallery, Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art, Kansas City, Missouri 
    © Siah Armajani, courtesy of the artist and Alexander Gray Associates, New York
    Photo: E. G. Schempf, 2016

    Installation view
    Siah Armajani, Bridge Builder, September 9, 2016–January 22, 2017
    Charlotte Crosby Kemper Gallery, Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art, Kansas City, Missouri 
    © Siah Armajani, courtesy of the artist and Alexander Gray Associates, New York
    Photo: E. G. Schempf, 2016

  • Siah Armajani, (American, born Iran, 1939)
    Kansas City No. 1, 2000, watercolor, gouache, graphite on board, 59 x 147¾ inches
    Collection of the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art, Kansas City, Missouri,
    Gift of the Sosland Foundation in Honor of the 20th Anniversary of the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art, 2014.19.01.
    © Siah Armajani. Photo: E. G. Schempf, 2016.

    Siah Armajani, (American, born Iran, 1939)
    Kansas City No. 1, 2000, watercolor, gouache, graphite on board, 59 x 147¾ inches
    Collection of the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art, Kansas City, Missouri,
    Gift of the Sosland Foundation in Honor of the 20th Anniversary of the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art, 2014.19.01.
    © Siah Armajani. Photo: E. G. Schempf, 2016.

Siah Armajani: Bridge Builder

Friday, September 9, 2016 to Sunday, January 22, 2017
Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art

The structure and concept of the bridge has been a major theme of Iranian-born, Minneapolis-based artist Siah Armajani’s work for decades. In celebration of Armajani’s Kansas City No. 1 (2000), gifted by the Sosland Foundation to the Kemper Museum in honor of the Museum’s twentieth anniversary, the exhibition Siah Armajani: Bridge Builder presents the artist’s exploration of the structural and philosophical underpinning of bridges since the late 1960s. In his works depicting bridges, Armajani poetically intertwines social science, art, and architecture to compel the significance of cultural connectivity. The exhibition presented the first-ever survey of close to sixty years of iconic bridge works, including eight large-scale drawings from a series inspired by the landscape, bridges, and vernacular architecture of Kansas City, as well as  additional bridge sculptures from 1968 to the present.

Lead Sponsors
The Sosland Family

Sustaining Sponsors
Norm Fretwell and Bev Haskins
Linda and Michael Lyon

Exhibition Checklist

To discover more about the works in Siah Armajani: Bridge Builder, download the exhibition checklist.

Siah Armajani: Bridge Builder Exhibition Checklist (PDF)

All works:
Siah Armajani
Born 1939 in Tehran, Iran
Lives in Minneapolis, Minnesota
© Siah Armajani

Exhibition Catalogue

Published by Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art, 2016
ISBN-13: 9780996272827

Product Dimensions: 8 X 10 X .25 inches, 64 pages, Softcover, Language: English | $30.00

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KCPT's Arts Upload

Take a look inside the work of Siah Armajani in this clip from Season 4 Episode 4 of KCPT's Arts Upload.

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About the Artist

Siah Armajani (American, born Tehran, Iran, 1939–2020) moved to the United States from Tehran, Iran in 1960. He attended Macalester College, in Minnesota, where he studied philosophy. The artist has been the subject of more than fifty solo exhibitions since 1978, including surveys and retrospectives at Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art (2016); Parasol unit, London (2013); the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Kansas City (2008); Musée d’art moderne et contemporain, Geneva (2007, tour); Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia, Madrid (1999, tour); Villa Arson, Nice (1994); Lannan Foundation, Los Angeles (1992); Kunsthalle Basel (1987); Westfälisches Landesmuseum, Münster (1987, tour); and the Institute of Contemporary Art, Philadelphia (1985). Armajani’s career retrospective, Siah Armajani: Follow This Line, was held at The Walker Art Center (September 9 – December 30, 2018) and currently on view at The Metropolitan Museum of Art (The Met Breuer) from February 20 to June 2, 2019. His work has also been featured in group exhibitions, including Postwar: Art Between the Pacific and the Atlantic, 1945–1965, Haus der Kunst, Munich (2016); Passages in Modern Art: 1954–1966, Dallas Museum of Art (2016); Cycle Des histoires sans fin, séquence automne–hiver 2015–2016, Musée d’art moderne et contemporain, Geneva (2015); Art Expanded, 1958–1978 and Art at the Center: 75 Years of Walker Collections, Walker Art Center, Minneapolis (2014); Iran Modern, Asia Society, New York (2013); Spectacular of the Vernacular, Minneapolis Institute of Arts (2011); Word into Art: Artists of the Modern Middle East, British Museum, London (2006); Far Near Distance: Contemporary Positions of Iranian Artists, House of World Cultures, Berlin (2004); Carnegie International, Pittsburgh (1988); Skulptur Projekte Münster ’87 (1987); International Survey of Recent Painting and Sculpture, Museum of Modern Art, New York (1984); 74th Annual American Exhibition, Art Institute of Chicago (1982); Whitney Biennial; Whitney Museum of American Art, New York (1981); 39th Venice Biennale, American Pavilion (1980); Information, Museum of Modern Art, New York (1970); and Documenta 5 (1972), 7 (1982) and 8 (1987), Kassel. Armajani’s work is in numerous public collections, including Art Institute of Chicago; British Museum, London; Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh; Dallas Museum of Art; Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington, D.C.; Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art, Kansas City, Missouri; Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; Minneapolis Institute of Art; Museum für Moderne Kunst, Frankfurt; Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago; Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles; Museum of Modern Art, New York; National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.; Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Kansas City, Missouri; Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York; Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam, The Netherlands; and Walker Art Center, Minneapolis.