Shahzia Sikander: Extraordinary Realities

June 25 through September 26, 2021

Pakistani American artist Shahzia Sikander is internationally celebrated for bringing Indo-Persian miniature-painting traditions into dialogue with contemporary art practice. This exhibition tracks the first fifteen years of this artistic journey, from her groundbreaking deconstruction of miniature painting in Pakistan to the development of a new personal vocabulary at RISD, expanded explorations around identity as a Core fellow at the Glassell School of Art at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, and her global outlook during her first years in New York. During this period, Sikander richly interrogated gender, sexuality, race, class, and history, creating open-ended narratives that have sustained her work as one of the most significant artists working today.

Shahzia Sikander: Extraordinary Realities is organized by the RISD Museum in collaboration with the Morgan Library & Museum.

The exhibition is made possible by generous support from the Terra Foundation for American Art.

Shahzia Sikander,
 Hood's Red Rider #2, 1997
, Vegetable color, dry pigment, watercolor, and tea on wasli paper, 25.7 x 18.1 cm (10 1/8 x 7 1/8 inches),  
Collection of Susan and Lewis Manilow