Anila Quayyum Agha:
Between Light and Shadow
opens Oct. 19 at Toledo Museum of Art
TOLEDO: Anila Quayyum Agha: Between Light and Shadow
opens to the public Saturday, Oct. 19, 2019 at the Toledo
Museum of Art (TMA). The much-anticipated exhibition will
transform TMA Galleries 4, 5, and 9 into stunning illuminated
spaces. There is a special preview for Museum members Friday,
Oct. 18 from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.
is a Pakistanti-American artist who creates the awe-inspiring
spaces from intricate patterns of light and shadow, evoking the
sacred, while also raising questions of exclusion and belonging.
She won the two top prizes at ArtPrize, the international art
competition held in Grand Rapids, Michigan, in 2014. Her
entry, titled Intersections, is the first work to win
both the ArtPrize Public Vote and Juried Grand Prizes.
As an interdisciplinary artist, Agha creates artwork that
explores global politics, cultural multiplicity, mass media, and
social and gender roles in the current cultural and global
climate, explained Diane C. Wright, TMA’s senior curator of
glass and decorative arts. “This exhibition will offer Museums
visitors an immersive, sensory experience,” Wright said. “As one
progresses through the exhibition, their movements will modify
the projected light and patterned shadows, creating a unique
interaction with each visit.”
Agha will speak Saturday, Oct. 19 at 2 p.m. in the Little
Theater. She will join Wright for a conversation about her
career and the work included in the exhibition. “This is a great
opportunity for visitors to hear directly from the artist, to
better understand what influences her and what motived her to
create these awe-inspiring spaces from intricate patterns of
light and shadow,” Wright said.
The exhibition is on view from Saturday, Oct. 19, 2019 through
Sunday, Feb. 9, 2020. Tickets for the exhibition are free for
Museum members and $12 for nonmembers, with discounts for
seniors, college students, military, and youth ages 5 to 17.
Children 4 and younger receive free admission. Tickets are on
sale now at tickets.toledomuseum.org.
Anila Quayyum Agha: Between Light and Shadow
is sponsored by KeyBank, the TMA Ambassadors, the Ohio Arts
Council, Lathrop, and Gross Electric with additional support
from 2019 Exhibition Program Sponsor ProMedica.
For general information, call 419-255-8000 or 800-644-6862, or