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Shahzia Sikander in Family Interactive Tour and Storytime: Roots and Wings

Join renowned artist Shahzia Sikander for a virtual tour and interactive conversation for the exhibition Shahzia Sikander: Extraordinary Realities, and explore the new children’s book introducing the artist and her story to younger readers.

“A girl steps into a painting…” opens the 2021 children’s book Roots and Wings: How Shahzia Sikander Became an Artist. Shahzia grew up in Lahore, Pakistan, and her multigenerational household was filled with stories of all kinds, from ancient fables to Russian fairy tales and Bollywood films. Her love of books led to an interest in illuminated manuscripts and South Asian miniature portraits. Shahzia Sikander discovered a talent for drawing that allowed her to create new worlds of her own. Her works, filled with movement and symbols, reimagine familiar characters to tell richer stories.

Participants will take a virtual tour of the exhibition, engaging in a closer looking conversation on Shahzia’s artworks. Excerpts from Roots and Wings: How Shahzia Sikander Became an Artist, will be read aloud to explore the artist’s use of storytelling traditions and her process in the studio.

Family programs are designed for adults and children to enjoy together. Recommended for children ages 7–14. No experience required.

Please note that the program will take place online. After registering, participants will receive a confirmation e-mail with instructions on how to participate using Zoom. We ask that you download the app in advance for the best user experience.

Sunday, August 8, 2:00–3:15 pm

Tickets: Free; limited availability, advance registration is required.
Registration will be open two weeks in advance of the program

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