Friday, March 8, 2019

Two Pakistani American Women Reinvent Traditional At With Unconventional Subjects

By Vanessa H. Larson
Ambreen Butt’s mixed-media artwork, “Shoaib (8),” takes its title from the name and age of a young victim of an American drone strike. (Photo by Kevin Todora/Ambreen Butt)
Ambreen Butt makes a striking first impression. In the Pakistani American artist’s first solo exhibition in Washington, two large images hang on the wall just opposite the entrance to her show, “Mark My Words,” at the National Museum of Women in the Arts. Concurrent with Butt’s show at the NMWA, the Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery is coincidentally also showcasing several etchings by a kindred spirit: Shahzia Sikander, a 2006 MacArthur Fellow who had a well-regarded solo exhibition at the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden in 1999 and 2000 devoted to paintings inspired by Indo-Persian miniatures. [More]

National Museum of Women in the Arts: "Ambreen Butt — Mark My Words" (Through April 14, 2019) 1250 New York Ave. NW., Washington. DC; Shahzia Sikander at National
Shahzia Sikander Portrait of the Artist Ayad Akhtar, 2016 (Image courtesy- Pace Editions)
Portrait Gallery
: “Eye to I” (Through August 18, 20119); Eighth and F streets NW., Washington, DC'