Zarina: Atlas of Her World
“Born in Aligarh, India, in 1937, New York-based artist Zarina Hashmi (who prefers to be referred to by her first name only) originally studied mathematics with an interest in architecture—fields that have influenced her work throughout her more than five-decade career. Her prints and sculptures, the works for which she is best known, bring abstraction and minimalism together with an ongoing engagement with themes of memory, place, and loss.
With some forty prints, sculptures, and collages dating from the 1960s to the present, Zarina: Atlas of Her World is the first exhibition to also include examples of artworks and objects—spanning cultures and centuries—that have inspired the artist throughout her career, from an etching by Dürer, to a drawing by Malevich, to an architectural fragment from Mughal era India. In the process, it will show how Zarina has synthesized these diverse points of inspiration into her unique practice.” — Pulitzer Arts Foundation
Susan Philipsz: Seven Tears
“Born in Glasgow, Scotland, in 1965, Turner Prize-winning artist Susan Philipsz is best known for her works that explore the potential of sound—often including her own, untrained voice—to define space and its interaction with architecture. Created in response to specific spaces and their architectural, environmental, and historic contexts, Philipsz’s sound installations bring to life the meaning of the places in which they are sited. She has said, “I work with sound but that sound is always installed in a particular context and that context with its architecture, lighting, and ambient noises forms the entire experience of the artwork. It is a visual, aural, and emotive landscape.”
Susan Philipsz: Seven Tears will include a specially commissioned installation created for the Pulitzer’s Tadao Ando-designed building. Situated in the museum’s central water court, where a reflecting pool offers dynamic views of the surrounding environment, the installation features Philipsz’s own voice singing a seventeenth-century lament on the themes of reflection, tears, and mourning. Other works—poetic meditations on loss, hope, and longing—will animate the museum’s galleries and surrounding architecture, creating a constellation of singular, immersive environments.” — Pulitzer Arts Foundation
Organized by the Pulitzer Arts Foundation, Zarina: Atlas of Her World is curated by Tamara H. Schenkenberg, Curator at the Pulitzer, and Susan Philipsz: Seven Tears is curated by Associate Curator Stephanie Weissberg.
Images courtesy Pulitzer Arts Foundation.