Shahzia Sikander, an internationally recognized Pakistani-American artist, received a BFA in 1991 from the National College of Arts, Lahore, Pakistan, and an MFA from the Rhode Island School of Design in 1995. She was a Core Fellow at the Glassell School of Art from 1995 to 1997 and was named a MacArthur Fellow in 2006.
Sikander is best known for her experimentation with the formal constructs of Indo-Persian miniature painting in a variety of formats and media, including video, animation, mural, and collaborations with other artists. Over the years, she has pioneered an interpretive and critically charged approach to the anachronistic genre of miniature painting while examining cultural and political boundaries as a space for discussion and intervention. Her work helped launch a major resurgence in the miniature painting department in the 1990s at the National College of Arts in Lahore, inspiring many others to examine the miniature tradition.
This lecture is free and open to the public. A reception follows.
Each year, the Glassell School of Art presents the Naomi Turner True Fall Lecture, which is sponsored by the Naomi Turner True Foundation.