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The Perennial Gaze: Shahzia Sikander Mosaic Unveiling and Artist Talk

  • Community College of Philadelphia - Bonnell Building 1700 Spring Garden Street Philadelphia, PA, 19130 United States (map)

The Perennial Gaze
Shahzia Sikander Mosaic Unveiling and Artist Talk

Friday, October 19, 3 - 4:30p.m.
Community College of Philadelphia - Bonnell Building
17th between Spring Garden and Callowhill Streets


Join us on Friday, October 19 for the unveiling of Shahzia Sikander's The Perennial Gaze, her (ex)CHANGE project commissioned by Asian Arts Initiative as part of our 25th Anniversary celebration. The mosaic will remain on public view through October 2019.

3:00p.m. Join Asian Arts Initiative, the artist, and Community College of Philadelphia as we unveil this newly installed artwork.

*Refreshments will be served

3:30 p.m. Shahzia Sikander and the curator, Alexandra Chang discuss the creative process behind The Perennial Gaze.

In collaboration with professional mosaic artisan Stephen Miotto, Shahzia Sikander transforms the historical miniature painting into an autonomous, liberated form. By building an image through broken glass pieces, Sikander dismantles the preciousness of  a rarefied object most often found in Western museum storage.

This event is FREE and open to the public, but we kindly ask you to register in advance. 

(ex)CHANGE: History Place Presence has been supported by The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage.

Additional support from:
Knight Foundation
Wyncote Foundation
Samuel S Fels Fund
Institute of Museum and Library Services

Thank you to our partner:
Community College of Philadelphia

The Art and Design curriculum at the Community College of Philadelphia leads to the Associate in Arts (A.A.) degree for students planning to transfer to baccalaureate programs or accredited art schools. The curriculum prepares students for either a B.F.A. (Bachelor of Fine Arts) or a B.A. (Bachelor of Arts) program, and has been designed to be consistent with the foundation program of art schools and art programs at four-year colleges. Accordingly, students develop skills and prepare a comprehensive transfer portfolio. For more information, please visit or call 215-751-8000.