A Decolonizing Vision Speaker Series artist talk with visual artist Shahzia Sikander
Date & Time: Monday, September 25, 2017, 6-8 PM
Venue: 285 Mercer Street, 4th Floor
This event is free & open to the public. Venue is accessible.
This talk will explore Sikander’s pioneering practice that takes classical Indo-Persian miniature painting as its point of departure and challenges the strict formal tropes of the genre by experimenting with scale and various forms of new media. Informed by South Asian, American, Feminist and Muslim perspectives, Sikander has developed a unique, critically charged approach to this time-honored medium –– employing its continuous capacity for reinvention to interrogate ideas of language, trade and empire, and migration.
Shahzia Sikander has been the subject of major international exhibitions around the world, including, amongst others, MAXXI | Museo nazionale delle arti del XXI secolo, Rome (2016-17); Asia Society Hong Kong Center, Hong Kong (2016); Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney (2007); Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin (2007); The San Diego Museum of Art, San Diego (2004); the Whitney Museum of American Art, Philip Morris/Altria Branch (2000); Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden (1999); Renaissance Society at the University of Chicago (1998); and has participated in more than 400 group shows and international art forums. She has received numerous grants, fellowships and awards, including the Asia Society Award for Significant Contribution to Contemporary Art (2015), the U.S. Department of State National Medal of Arts Award (2012); and the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, MacArthur Fellowship (2006). Sikander lives and works in New York.
Co-Sponsored by the NYU Center for the Study of Gender & Sexuality; Department of Art & Art Professions; Department of Art History; Institute of Fine Arts; Program in Asian/Pacific/American Studies; and Program in Gender & Sexuality Studies; and by South Asian Women’s Creative Collective (SAWCC).
Image courtesy MAXXI Museum Rome.