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Picture Window with Two Chairs

In Memory of Siah Armajani, 1939–2020

By Olga Viso

Portrait of SIAH ARMAJANI, 1977. Courtesy Walker Art Center Archives, Minneapolis.

I first met Siah Armajani in 2008 when I became director of the Walker Art Center. I was struck by the quiet, soft-spoken qualities of the humble citizen-artist, whose towering legacy had shaped my sensibilities as a young curator more than a decade earlier.

My initial encounter with Siah had been through his art. The sculpture Dictionary for Building: Closet under Stairs (1985) was a landmark piece…

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