September 11, 2009 - Asia Society Museum - Hanging Fire: Contemporary Art from Pakistan
September 11, 2009

Hanging Fire: Contemporary Art from Pakistan

Faiza Butt, Get out of my dreams II, 2008. Ink on polyester film. H. 22 x W. 28 1/2 in. (55.9 x 72.4 cm). Private collection, London. Image courtesy of the artist.

Hanging Fire
Contemporary Art from Pakistan

Through January 3, 2010

725 Park Avenue at 70th Street
New York, NY 10021
(212) 288-6400

Discover the provocative artworks created by fifteen of the most compelling Pakistani artists in the past twenty years in Asia Society Museum’s current exhibition, Hanging Fire: Contemporary Art from Pakistan. Often portrayed in the west as a country continuing to struggle with political and social instability, Pakistan has a vibrant yet little-known contemporary art scene that has flourished over the past two decades. The Asia Society exhibition Hanging Fire explores this seeming contradiction.

The first major U.S. museum survey exhibition devoted to contemporary art from Pakistan, Hanging Fire examines the complex combination of influences informing contemporary artists in the country’s urban centers of Karachi and Lahore. To spotlight the current energy, vitality and range of expression in Pakistan’s contemporary art scene, Asia Society Museum is presenting a fascinating range of works, comprising installation art, video, photography, painting and sculpture. A number of the works have never been exhibited, including a large-scale site-specific painting by artist Imran Qureshi. Hanging Fire is curated by Salima Hashmi, one of the most influential and well-respected writers and curators in Pakistan.

The exhibition is accompanied by a comprehensive, full-color, catalogue available at AsiaStore

Featured artists include Hamra Abbas, Bani Abidi, Zahoor ul Akhlaq, Faiza Butt, Imran Qureshi, Anwar Saeed, Ayaz Jokhio, Naiza Khan, Arif Mahmood, Huma Mulji, Asma Mundrawala, Rashid Rana, Ali Raza, Adeela Suleman and Mahreen Zuberi.

Critical support for the Hanging Fire: Contemporary Art from Pakistan exhibition, catalogue and related public programs is provided by lead corporate sponsor, Pakistan International Airlines.

Asia Society Museum
725 Park Avenue at 70th Street
New York, NY 10021
(212) 288-6400

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From July 1 through Labor Day, Friday until 6:00 pm.
Closed Monday and major holidays.
Free for members and children under 16.
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