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NEW DAY! SAJA afternoon w/ artist Shahzia Sikander

  • 2024-05-16
  • 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM
  • Pace Prints 536 W. 22nd St


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URGENT! Shahzia had to move the event by a day, to Thursday 1-2:30 pm ET. We are so sorry about the inconvenience. If you absolutely cannot make it on Thursday, and would still like to stop by the gallery on Wednesday, you are welcome to do so. You can walk around, see the art, etc. Just tell them you are with SAJA.

Otherwise, see you on Thursday!

You don't want to miss this! You have to RSVP, please. SAJA members only (full, student or associate).

Learn more about the show, on view at Pace through June 21, 2024 at this link.  QUESTIONS?

ABOUT SHAHZIA: Shahzia Sikander is widely celebrated for subverting Central and South-Asian manuscript painting traditions and launching the form known today as neo-miniature. Born in Lahore, Pakistan, Sikander earned a B.F.A. in 1991 from the National College of Arts (NCA) in Lahore. Sikander’s breakthrough work, The Scroll, 1989–90, received national critical acclaim in Pakistan and brought international recognition to this medium within contemporary art practices in the 1990s. Sikander received her M.F.A. at the Rhode Island School of Design in 1995. Over the subsequent twenty-plus years, Sikander’s practice—which has expanded to include paintings, media work, and most recently, sculpture—has been pivotal in showcasing the art of the South Asian diaspora as a contemporary American tradition.

Sikander’s Solo exhibitions include the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston in Texas; the Morgan Library and Museum in New York; the RISD Museum in Providence, Rhode Island; Jesus College in Cambridge, United Kingdom; the MAXXI National Museum of 21st Century Art in Rome; the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao, Spain; the Museum of Contemporary Art in Sydney; the Hirshhorn Museum in Washington, D.C.; and the Whitney Museum of American Art, among many others. Sikander has also been featured in group exhibitions at international venues, including the Sharjah Biennial 11; the 8th and 13th Istanbul Biennials; the National Portrait Gallery in Washington DC; the Museum of Modern Art in New York; the Museum of Contemporary Art in Tokyo; the 54th Venice Biennale in Italy; and the Whitney Biennale in 1997, among others. Sikander has been the recipient of many notable awards, including most recently the Pollock Prize for Creativity in 2023, the Fukuoka Arts and Culture Prize in 2022, the Asia Society Award for Significant Contribution to Contemporary Art in 2015, a medal of Art by the U.S. Department of State in 2012, and a MacArthur Fellowship in 2006. Sikander’s work is in the collections of all major national and international museums, and permanent site-specific public artworks include the University of Houston, Princeton University, the Cincinnati Art Museum and Johns Hopkins University. Sikander serves on the boards of Art21, the Rhode Island School of Design, and the Institute of Fine Arts, New York University, and is a member of the Asian American Arts Alliance’s artist council. In conjunction with her traveling exhibition, an extensive monograph examining Sikander’s work entitled Extraordinary Realities was published in 2021 by Hirmer Publishers and The University of Chicago Press.

Sikander’s major new outdoor project, an 8-foot bronze female sculpture, is currently on the roof of the Appellate Courthouse in Manhattan. An accompanying 18-foot female sculpture was exhibited in Madison Square Park in 2023 and will travel to the University of Houston in 2024. Every midnight in September 2023, Sikander’s animation, Reckoning, unfolds across the screens of Times Square. Sikander’s recent project with the Moynihan Train Hall Public Art Program saw her animation Singing Suns displayed across screens in Moynihan Train Hall from November 2023 to January 2024. Collective Behavior, a survey exhibition of Sikander’s work, organized by the Cleveland Museum of Art and Cincinnati Art Museum, will be on view in Venice during Biennale Arte 2024 and in Cleveland and Cincinnati in 2025.

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