SHAHZIA SIKANDER: “ART AS CONSCIOUSNESS”

On September 8, Shahzia Sikander will speak at the Minneapolis Institute of Art, launching the new season of the Mark and Mary Goff Fiterman Lecture Series.

Self-Portrait by Shahzia Sikander, 2016
Self-Portrait by Shahzia Sikander, 2016

Sikander’s work throughout the 90’s launched a rigorous inquiry and deconstruction of miniature painting from within the canon of its historical representation, beginning with her breakthrough work, The Scroll (1990). By subsequently engaging the personal and the private and deftly subverting the patriarchal thematic and the non-personal historical representations within the Indo-Persian miniature painting tradition, Sikander’s work catalyzed a movement to upend gender-specific assumptions while contributing fresh feminist discourse from multiple perspectives including Muslim, South Asian and American. Sikander’s innovative conceptual and formal expansion on this traditional genre has helped launch a major resurgence of work with miniature at her alma mater, the National College of Arts in Lahore and throughout the international arena, inspiring transnational attention on the idiom as a form of contemporary expression. Her work includes digital animation, video, performance, large-scale mural, installation, projection, and works on paper.
Sikander has had numerous solo exhibitionsand her work is among the permanent collections of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, the Whitney Museum, The Museum of Modern Art, New York, the Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo, Palazzo Grassi in Venice, the Kiran-Nader Museum in India, MAXXI National Museum of 21st-Century Arts, Rome, the Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, the Princeton Art Museum and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art among others.
Sikander is the recipient of notable grants, fellowships and awards such as Asia Society’s award for significant contribution to contemporary art, the 2013 inaugural Medal of Art from the US State Department, the DAAD Berliner, the Medal of Excellence from Government and State of Pakistan, the Otis and Samuel Goldwyn Foundation’s Jennifer Howard Coleman award, the Louis Comfort Tiffany award, the Joan Mitchell award and the MacArthur “genius” grant.
The Mark and Mary Goff Fiterman Lecture Series is presented by the Friends of the Institute and Mia.