If you haven’t had the opportunity to go out and see Anila’s work yet, this is your chance. Currently in four museum exhibitions, the fifth is set to open on May 19th at Grand Rapids Art Museum in Grand Rapids, MI, showcasing her iconic piece, Intersections. Just missing the total of six exhibitions open at one time, two installation shows ended, one in March and another April, at The Brattleboro Museum in Vermont which displayed Agha’s installation piece Shimmering Mirage and The Peabody Essex Museum with her piece All the Flowers are for Me- Black. The current four exhibitions span along the east coast as far north as Massachusetts to as south as Florida and range from solo installations to group shows featuring some of her 2-dimensional work.
Starting off the furthest north along the east coast, the Addison Gallery of American Art at Phillips Academy in Andover, MA is showcasing the installation piece Hidden Diamond, to see some of Agha’s 2-dimensional work you can visit the group exhibition Long, Winding Journeys: Contemporary Art and the Islamic Tradition at the Katonah Art Museum, and the North Carolina Museum of Art has her piece that won the 2014 Artprize, Intersections.
One of her newest pieces, The Greys in Between, has recently opened in the atrium of MOCA Jacksonville in Florida. Agha’s installation pieces focus on the reclaiming of public spaces that historically have been associated with the masculine domain. Using Islamic architectural motifs, light and shadow, and now movement, these installations cast viewers, of all cultural backgrounds, under its shadows allowing all to contemplate and reflect.
To find out more about each of these exhibitions and museums please follow the links:
Grand Rapids Art Museum: Grand Rapids, MI
Anila Quayyum Agha: Intersections
May 19 – August 26, 2018
Museum of Contemporary Art: Jacksonville, FL
Katonah Museum of Art: Katonah, NY
Long, Winding Journeys: Contemporary Art and the Islamic Tradition
February 25 – June 17, 2018
North Carolina Museum of Art: Raleigh, NC
You Are Here: Light, Color, and the Sound Experience
April 7 – July 22, 2018
Addison Gallery of American Art at Phillips Academy: Andover, MA
Convergence: Anila Quayyum Agha, Lalla Essaydi, Yun-Fei Ji, and Fred Han Chang Liang
January 27 – July 31, 2018
Peabody Essex Museum: Salem, MA
All the Flowers are For Me
May 20, 2017 – April 29, 2018
Brattleboro Museum and Art Center: Brattleboro, Vermont
Shimmering Mirage: Anila Quayyum Agha
October 13, 2017 – March 10, 2018
New video about Alhambra Nights and All the Flowers are for Me by Kentucky Educational Television on PBS Learning about my pieces that were shown at BLINK Festival in Cincinnati, OH.
Calligraphy and geometric patterns are hallmarks of Islamic art and architecture. In the Middle East the interiors of mosques, the windows of homes, and the walls of gardens and terraces are often constructed with elaborately pierced and carved screens. The patterned openwork filters light and allows air to pass through—effective strategies in dealing with the oppressive heat and bright sunlight of the region. The cutout screens also animate relatively plain interior spaces with the play of light and shadow created by their decorative designs.
Anila Quayyum Agha is passionate about bringing the beauty of Islam to the West, as well as familiarizing viewers with the conceptual grandeur of its spiritual thought about nature and the cosmos. Her steel sculpture, cut with patterns redesigned from Islamic motifs and housing a single white light bulb, transforms the gallery from an unadorned room into an enveloping world of patterned light and dark. The shadows cast in all directions by the light spilling through the sculpture’s cutout surfaces work a kind of magic, creating dynamic, intricate designs. The experience is at once weighty and weightless, transporting viewers to a mysterious, even sacred, environment.
— Mara Williams, Chief Curator
NEW YORK, April 26, 2017 — Asia Society Museum in New York shines a spotlight on the work of nineteen contemporary artists from the South Asian diaspora. As individuals living between worlds, diasporic artists often negotiate notions of home and issues relating to migration, gender, race, and memory in their practice. Lucid Dreams and Distant Visions: South Asian Art in the Diaspora, organized by Asia Society Museum with the support of the Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Center, will be on view from June 27 to August 6, 2017.
CINCINNATI— Pakistani-American artist Anila Quayyum Agha has been named the recipient of Cincinnati Art Museum’s 2017 Schiele Prize. This prize honors the legacy of Marjorie Schiele, a Cincinnati artist whose generous bequest of the Hanke-Schiele Fund makes this award possible.
New solo exhibition at Aicon Gallery in NYC running October 20 – November 26, 2016
V.I.P Preview & Opening Reception: Thursday, October 20th, 2016, 6-8pm
Featured the artist in discussion with Sona Dutta, Curator of South Asian Art at Peabody Essex Museum
35 Great Jones Street
New York, NY 10012
200 Years of Indiana Art: A Cultural Legacy presents original historical and contemporary works of art by those who help shape Indiana’s view of the world and the world’s view of Indiana. Representing artists from across the state, the exhibition includes paintings, sculpture, textile, glass and mixed media works showcasing the depth, diversity and breadth of artistic talent associated with the Hoosier state. From the early pioneer painters to the contemporary installation artists, this exhibition is a must-see during Indiana’s bicentennial celebration.
Hyperallergic editor-in-chief and co-founder Hrag Vartanian curates this group show featuring work by Anila Quayyum Agha, Kamrooz Aram, Kameelah Janan Rasheed, and Slavs and Tatars. Reflecting on the cosmopolitan nature of cities and their interplay of light, language, symbols, and networks, The Arch of My Eye’s Orbit (a title derived from a verse by the 14th-century Persian poet Hāfez) thematically points to a connection between architecture and the act of seeing. The exhibition uses the frame of the city and its architecture to explore and uncover the visual and physical space between ancient and modern, past and present.
Curated by Hrag Vartanian
Exhibition is open to the public during building hours. The Diker Gallery Café is open to the public during BAMcafé hours.
Intersections is an immersive single room installation that bathes the visitor in a geometric array of light and shadow. Inspired by traditional Islamic architectural motifs, Pakistani-American artist Anila Quayyum Agha's laser-cut steel lantern conjures the design of the Alhambra Palace in Granada, Spain, a historic site of cross-cultural intersection where a thousand years ago Islamic and Western cultures thrived in coexistence. Agha, an internationally renowned, award-winning artist, creates mixed media works that engage topics ranging from global politics and cultural multiplicity, to mass media and gender roles.