Lu Magnus wanted to create an art exhibit that really matter. So they hosted the first ever Portal connection between art galleries in Tehran and New York City.
The Portal connected more than 500 participants in intimate conversations and hosted a dozen artist collaborations. The Lu Magnus gallery hosted our inaugural Portal in its space in the Lower East Side of Manhattan. The gallery connected with the Sazmanab Center for Contemporary Art in Tehran, Iran. Participants in both countries were invited to engage in intimate conversations around the prompt: "What would make today a good day for you."
Artists such as Titus Kaphar and Yousha Bashir collaborated with one another by cutting up print-outs of one anothers' work and pasting them back together at the direction of the other artist — creating multinational, co-owned pieces. Film directors including Doug Liman and Morgan Spurlock talked about creating work with counterparts in Tehran. Actor Josh Radnor engaged acting students in Tehran. Choreographers Jonah Bokaer and James Koroni created a dance piece for James' family in Tehran. In addition, artist Tania Bruguera spoke to artists in Tehran, and DJ Spooky talked about his work.