The New Social Environment#373

Extraordinary Realities: Shahzia Sikander

Featuring Shahzia Sikander with Amanda Gluibizzi


1 p.m. Eastern / 10 a.m. Pacific

Artist Shahzia Sikander joins Artseen editor Amanda Gluibizzi for a conversation. We conclude with a poetry reading by Sanam Sheriff.

In this talk

Shahzia Sikander: Extraordinary Realities is on view at the Morgan Library & Museum through Sept 26, 2021.

View Shahzia’s last conversation on the New Social Environment, Shahzia Sikander with Jason Rosenfeld (August 2020) here.

Shahzia Sikander

Shahzia Sikander, portrait drawing
Portrait drawing of Shahzia Sikander by Phong Bui
Born in Lahore, Pakistan, Shahzia Sikander underwent rigorous training under master miniaturist Bashir Ahmed. She subsequently became the first artist from the Miniature Painting Department at the NCA to challenge the medium’s technical and aesthetic framework. Shahzia Sikander’s practice takes classical Indo-Persian miniature painting as its point of departure and challenges the strict formal tropes of the genre by experimenting with scale and various forms of new media. Informed by South Asian, American, Feminist and Muslim perspectives, Sikander has developed a unique, critically charged approach to this time-honored medium—employing its continuous capacity for reinvention to interrogate ideas of language, trade and empire, and migration.

Amanda Gluibizzi

This is a sunny portrait of the Rail's Art Editor, Amanda Gluibizzi with houses in the background and a blue sky. Gluibizzi is wearing a yellow shirt and sunglasses.
Formerly Associate Professor at Ohio State University, Amanda Gluibizzi is the founding Co-Director of the New Foundation for Art History (NFAH) and Artseen Editor for the Brooklyn Rail. She specializes in mid- and late-20th century art, design, and urbanism in the United States, Europe, and Latin America. Amanda is the author of Art and Design in 1960s New York (Anthem Press, 2021).

The Rail has a tradition of ending our conversations with a poetry reading, and we’re fortunate to have Sanam Sheriff reading.

Sanam Sheriff

A photograph of Sanam Sheriff
Queer poet and artist from Bangalore, India, Sanam Sheriff’s work has appeared or is forthcoming in Virginia Quarterly Review, The Academy of American Poets, The Offing, Vinyl Poetry & Prose, Black Warrior Review, Kewli Journal, Shade Literary Arts, and elsewhere. She holds an MFA in Creative Writing from Washington University in St. Louis and has received support from the Thomas J. Watson Fellowship, The Watering Hole, Pink Door, and The Seventh Wave, and is a Pushcart Prize Nominee. Poetry is her closest translation.

❤️ 🌈 We'd like to thank the The Terra Foundation for American Art for making these daily conversations possible, and for their support of our growing archive.