Shervin Shahbazi has curated more than three-dozen exhibitions in galleries, cultural centers, and alternative spaces throughout the Greater Los Angeles area. Diversity, accessibility, and engagement are core values of his curatorial approach, while collaboration and dialogue form the basic tenets of his working relationships with artists. His focus on Los Angeles-based artists over the past two decades has evolved into an abiding interest in artists of diaspora, especially those who hail from the region commonly referred to as the Middle East.
Among his major exhibitions are Move (2010), Grow (2010), Traces of Being: Iran in the Passage of Memory (2009) and My Super Hero: New Contemporary Art from Iran (2011) at Morono Kiang Gallery (2009), where he served as curator and gallery director, and From the Streets of Iran: Works on Paper by Urban Artists from Iran (2009) at Crewest Gallery. Under the auspices of iGreen, Shahbazi created a temporary public art installation/intervention comprising a procession of shoes dipped in green paint, entitled Trail of Green, at the Federal Building in Westwood and at CNN’s Hollywood headquarters.
Additionally, Shahbazi has worked in various capacities with many cultural institutions in Southern California, including the Museum of Latin American Art, the Bowers Museum of Cultural Art, Self-Help Graphics and Art, and Plaza de la Raza. He has also worked closely with municipal agencies to present and evaluate art programs. Shahbazi worked with the Long Beach Redevelopment Agency to organize the first annual Long Beach Art Walk (1998), with El Pueblo Historical Monument (Los Angeles) to curate an exhibition celebrating the City’s 225th birthday (2006), and with the City of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs (DCA) to co-curate an exhibition at the Tom Bradley International Terminal at Los Angeles Airport. He has also served as a grant review panelist for the DCA and the Los Angeles County Arts Commission.
Shervin has been co-curating exhibitions on Asian American artists in Art Salon Chinatown along with Sonia Mak the cofounder of the project.