Artist Talk: Shahzia Sikander: Parallax

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    Shazia Sikander


Artist Talk: Shahzia Sikander: Parallax


Friday Mar 17 05:00 PM


Doris Duke Theatre

About the Lecture:

As part of programming for her installation Parallax, on view March 16 to July 30, 2017, Pakistani-born and internationally recognized artist Shahzia Sikander talks about the meaning and making of her work. 


Sikander's pioneering practice takes Indo-Persian miniature painting as a point of departure. Sikander received her BFA in 1991 from the National College of Arts, Lahore, Pakistan and her MFA from the Rhode Island School of Design in 1995. She challenges the strict formal tropes of miniature painting as well as its medium-based restrictions by experimenting with scale and media. Such media include animation, video, mural, and collaboration with other artists. Her process-based work is concerned with examining the forces at stake in contested cultural and political histories. Her work helped launch a major resurgence in the Miniature Painting department in the Nineties at the National College of Arts in Lahore, inspiring many others to examine the miniature tradition.

Selected solo exhibitions have been presented at the Nikolaj Kunsthal, Copenhagen, (2015) Bildmuseet, Umeå, Sweden (2014–15); San Francisco Art Institute (2011); Cooper Hewitt Design Museum, New York (2009); Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney (2007); Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin (2007); Miami Art Museum (2005–06); Seattle Art Museum (2003); Whitney Museum of American Art, New York (2000), Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington DC (1999) and the Renaissance Society, Chicago (1998). Recent group exhibitions include the Dhaka Art Summit, Bangladesh (2014); Auckland Triennial, If you were to live here... (2013); Istanbul Biennial, Mom, am I a Barbarian? (2013); Sharjah Biennial, Re:emerge: Towards a New Cultural Cartography (2013); Fukuoka Asian Art Triennale (2009); Compass in Hand: Selections from the Judith Rothschild Foundation Contemporary Drawings Collection, The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), New York (2009); Not For Sale, MoMA PS1, Long Island City (2007); and the Venice Biennale (2005).

Sikander has been the recipient of numerous grants and awards, including the US Department of State’s Medal of Art, presented by the former US Secretary of State, Hillary Rodham Clinton (2012), and a John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation “genius award” (2006). Her work is included in many permanent collections, such as the Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo; Palazzo Grassi, Venice; Whitney Museum of American Art; MoMA; Devi Art Foundation, Haryana, India; Solomon R. Guggenheim 
Museum, New York; MAXXI, the National Museum of 21st-Century Arts, Rome; Walker Art Center, Minneapolis and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art.

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