Shahzia Sikander is widely celebrated for subverting Central and South Asian manuscript painting traditions and launching the art form known today as neo-miniature. Born in Lahore, Pakistan, Sikander earned a BFA in 1991 from the National College of Arts in Lahore. Her 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. She received an MFA at the Rhode Island School of Design in 1995. Over the subsequent 20 plus years, Sikander’s practice, which has expanded to include paintings, media work, and, most recently, sculpture, has been pivotal in showcasing art of the South Asian diaspora as a contemporary American tradition.
Join Sikander as she discusses her artistic practice as well as recent and ongoing projects, including NOW, an eight-foot bronze female sculpture installed on the roof of the Manhattan Appellate Courthouse; Reckoning, an animation that unfolded across the screens of Times Square every midnight in September 2023; and a survey exhibition of her work organized by the Cincinnati Art Museum and the Cleveland Museum of Art, opening at the Palazzo Soranzo Van Axel in Venice in April 2024.
This lecture is made possible by the Fran and Warren Rupp Contemporary Artist Fund.
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