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Falnama: The Book of Omens
Benefit Gala

Freer Gallery of Art | Arthur M. Sackler Gallery
November 21, 2009

O exalted one, know and be aware...

...that this year's gala celebration of the Year of Iran at the Freer and Sackler Galleries was filled with good fortune, felicity, and grand festivities! During the lively reception in the Sackler Gallery, guests were serenaded by musical duo Yoko K.; had their fortunes read; and enjoyed a private viewing of Falnama: The Book of Omens with exhibition organizer Massumeh Farhad, chief curator and curator of Islamic art. Dinner was served in the Freer Gallery with a menu inspired by Persian cuisine, followed by dessert and dancing with DJ Babek. Throughout the evening, guests bid on auction items donated by Cartier, Van Cleef & Arpels, and the empress of Iran.


Mahnaz and Gholam Afkhami
Farinaz and Dadi Akhavan
Najmieh Batmanglij
Alexandra de Borchgrave
Layla Diba
Mary and Farhad Ebrahimi
Haleh Esfandiari
Cynthia Helms
Fariba Jahanbani
David Khalili
Roberta McCain
Azar Nafisi
Elahé Mir-Djalali Omidyar
Susan Pillsbury
Marilou Sanford


Cartier Boutique, Chevy Chase

Mr. and Mrs. Farhad Ebrahimi
Iran Heritage Foundation

Betsy and Robert Feinberg and
Jane and Leopold Swergold
Dr. and Mrs. Michael Pillsbury
Jillian T. Sackler, DBE

Bahman Atefi
Jane and Raphael Bernstein
Pat and Walter Moore
Nooshin Noshirvani
Marilou and Bruce Sanford

Ebadollah Bahari
Layla Diba
Shannon and Richard Fairbanks
Fariba Jahanbani
Rebecca Miller and Christopher Vizas

Mahnaz and Gholam Afkhami
Nasser Ahari
Farinaz and Dadi Akhavan
Goli Ameri
Lila Bahadori
Mojdeh Bahar
Rudabeh Bakhtiar
Najmieh and Mohammad Batmanglij
Judith Clark
Mariko Ikehara Jeffrey Cunard
Marion and Ashok Deshmukh
Alexandra and Arnuad de Borchgrave
Joy de Menil
Derrik Deyhimi
Ahang Edalatpour
Haleh Esfandiari
Elizabeth Ettinghausen
Nasie and Fred Fardshisheh
Mina Farhad
Fariborz Ghadar
Parisa and Ali Ghatri
Ila and David Good
Rita and Gary Grover
Gigi Hafizi
Shirley Jackewicz Johnston
Lisa Jorgenson and David Doniger
Stuti and Ashok Kaveeshwar
Nancy and John Mannes
Jim Mathews
Dickinson Miller
Saeid Motamedi
Dorothy Mowry
Laili Nasr
Mariam Nawabi
Glenna and David Osnos
Michele and Roger Picard
Robert Rea
Joyce and Kenneth Robbins
Kathy Sadeghian
Sue and Bahman Sadr
Fera Simone
Sohrab Sobhani
Viyas Sundaram
Patricia Tang
Murray Woldman

The Freer|Sackler is currently closed for renovations, updates, and gallery reinstallation. The popular exhibition Turquoise Mountain: Artists Transforming Afghanistan is still on view in the International Gallery. (Enter through the Ripley Center.) Please join us for our weekend-long reopening celebration on October 14 and 15, 2017.