Visual Arts Exhibition: Ornate Activate

The South Asian Women’s Creative Collective, in collaboration with Shirin Gallery, is pleased to present SAWCC’s Annual Visual Arts Exhibition featuring 22 artists: Ornate Activate.

Guest Curator – Alexander Campos
Exhibition Coordinator – Negin Sharifzadeh

Shirin Gallery
511 W 25th St
New York, NY

Ornate Activate examines the use of decorative motifs, architectural elements, cursive scripts and other forms of pattern-making by artists to create and imply content. The exhibition also examines the employment of culturally specific motifs as social and/or political commentary, as well as cultural indicators of historical referencing. The goal of the exhibition is to bring together a body of work that demonstrates a current interest by contemporary artists to merge and reclaim decorative and craft elements as meaningful and critical content signifiers.

Artists: Nida Abidi, Fariba Alam & Shagun Singh, Kamal Badhey, Shelly Bahl, Marcy Chevali, Priyanka Dasgupta, Roya Farassat, Asha Ganpat, Parisa Ghaderi, Zainab Hussain, Monica Jahan Bose, Vandana Jain, Umber Majeed, Radhika Mathews, Indrani Nayar­-Gall, Kaveri Raina, Nirmal Raja, Sausan Saulat, Asma Ahmed Shikoh, Suran Song, Udita Upadhyaya

Thursday, June 11
6pm – 8pm: Opening Reception
@ Shirin Gallery
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Friday, June 19
6pm – 9pm: Associated Symposium
@ Asian/Pacific/American Institute at NYU
8 Washington Mews, New York, NY
Reservations Required

SAWCC is pleased to present Ornate Contemplate, a one-night symposium on craft and pattern. Using the exhibition ‘Ornate Activate’ as a jumping off point, we are bringing together a group of artists and thinkers from various artistic disciplines to talk about pattern-making in a wider context. The evening will consist of two panels: Craft and Content and Pattern – 2D & Beyond and feature: Fariba S Alam, Samanta Batra, Swati Khurana, Mahnaz Fancy, Vandana Jain, Malini Srinivasan, Kiran Ahluwalia, and Sunita Mukhi. The symposium is free and open to the public. Reservations required, space is limited.

Thursday, June 25
6pm – 8pm: Walk-Through with Guest Curator Alexander Campos
@ Shirin Gallery

Thursday, July 9
6pm – 8pm: Private Closing Reception & Wine Tasting
@ Shirin Gallery
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10, 25, 50: Can You Taste The Difference? A Blind Wine Tasting
Price can be deceiving. Quality wines come at all different price points. Enjoy a blind tasting of 3 wines followed by a discussion lead by SAWCC oenophile and board member, Ambika Samarthya, and wine buyer and WSET Level 2, Denise Barker, who will speak on factors which determine wine prices at this private closing reception for Ornate Activate, SAWCC’s annual visual arts exhibition.

This program is supported in part by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.
This program is supported in part by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, in partnership with the City Council. 


May 26th, 2015

Category: Events, Featured, Visual Art