Pakistan explorer to
speak at Toledo Museum of Art
TOLEDO: Dr. S. Amjad Hussain, a University of Toledo
emeritus professor of both humanities and
thoracic/cardiovascular surgery, will give a free lecture
about the history of Pakistan at the Toledo Museum of Art
Jan. 11, 2020 at 2 p.m. in the Little Theater. Hussain is also
an Op-Ed columnist for the Toledo Blade.
In Pakistan, the distance between Attock to Peshawar is merely
80 kilometers but the area is embedded with ancient and recent
history. From the Vedic age (1500 BCE) to the arrival of
Alexander of Macedonia, from Hindu Shahi kingdoms to the travel
of Afghans back and forth across the Khyber Pass, from the
invasion of Sikhs to the arrival of the British, all those who
passed through the region left an indelible mark on the land and
on the people.
As an internationally recognized explorer, Hussain founded the
Team Indus exploration group which traversed and
photographed the entire 2,000 miles of the river Indus in
Pakistan during three expeditions (in 1987, 1992, and 1994) and
the source of the river in western Tibet during a 1996
Pakistani-American artist, Anila Agha’s exhibition has
transformed three TMA galleries into stunning illuminated spaces
offering an immersive, sensory experience for visitors. Agha is
an interdisciplinary artist who creates works of art that
explore the barriers of race, religion, and gender that we face
in the current cultural and global climate.
Agha 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. Intersections is one of three patterned-steel
sculptures by Agha included in the exhibition. The other two
other works by the artist that are on display are This Is Not
a Refuge! 2 and The Greys in Between.
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 2020 Exhibition Program Sponsor ProMedica and is on view
through Sunday, Feb. 9, 2020. Tickets for the exhibition are
on sale now at tickets.toledomuseum.org.