Immersive Exhibit to Open at the Cummer by Anila Quayyum Agha

  • by 904 Newsroom
  • February 15, 2023

The Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens Presents
Anila Quayyum Agha: Flight Patterns
The immersive exhibition opens February 24, 2023

February 14th, 2023 — JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — The newest exhibition at the Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens, Anila Quayyum Agha: Flight Patterns, opens on Friday, February 24, 2023. The immersive exhibition will be on view to the public through Sunday, April 30, 2023.

World-renowned Pakistani American artist Anila Quayyum Agha uses art to explore her dual experiences living in her native country and as an immigrant in the United States. Although inspired by South Asian, Middle Eastern, and North African designs, her work exists outside of a single religious or cultural experience and instead invites viewers to explore the space in between. Agha explores themes around the constructed boundaries of gender, race, religion, culture, and the natural environment that prevent dialogue and exchanges between world civilizations and presents viewers the opportunity to embrace the harmonies that exist within the shadows of cultural divergence.

Curated by Holly Keris, J. Wayne & Delores Barr Weaver Chief Curator of the Museum, the exhibition Flight Patterns features two of Agha’s large sculptural installations. Each are internally lit and project intricate geometric patterns throughout the gallery enveloping visitors as they view the work. This exhibition also includes a selection of mixed media works and wall sculptures. This immersive experience invites visitors to participate in the shadow play, and, therefore become a part of the installation itself. The works “A Beautiful Despair” (2021) and “This is NOT a Refuge! (2)” (2022), were both recently on view in London at the Masterpiece London art fair.

“Anila Quayyum Agha is an internationally regarded contemporary artist who explores some of the most pressing global issues of our time,” said Dr. Andrea Barnwell Brownlee, the George W. and Kathleen I. Gibbs Director and Chief Executive Officer of the Museum. “Throughout her visually arresting installations, which magnify the interplay between architecture, light, and pattern, she encourages dialogue, poses powerful questions, and opens new avenues for understanding.”

Agha has received numerous awards and grants, such as the Efroymson Art Fellowship, Cincinnati Art Museum’s 2017 Schiele Prize, the DeHaan Artist of Distinction Award twice (2018 and 2021) and the Joan Mitchell Painters and Sculptors award in 2019. She exhibited at the 2019 Venice Biennale in an external feminist project. In 2020, Agha received the prestigious Smithsonian Fellowship in the arts for 2021. She resides in Indianapolis, Indiana, and Augusta, Georgia, where she is a professor and the Eminent Morris Scholar of Fine Art at Augusta University.

Anila Quayyum Agha: Flight Patterns is organized by the Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens

The Museum relies on generous support from individuals, corporations, and foundations in order to realize its unique mission and serve as a vibrant cultural resource. Support for Anila Quayyum Agha: Flight Patterns comes from Season Presenters the City of Jacksonville, Cultural Council of Greater Jacksonville, Lory Doolittle, and Ronald and Karen Rettner; Season Lead Sponsors The Robert D. Davis Family Endowment, The Schultz Family Endowment, and the State of Florida; Season Sponsors the Director’s Circle at the Cummer Museum and The Winston Family Foundation; and Celebrated Sponsor The Van Vleck Family.

Highlighted related programming:

Artist Meet & Greet with Demonstration – Ana Kamiar
Kamiar’s series, The Watchers, is featured in Bank of America Concourse Shop, a venue for regional artists whose works share parallel themes to featured exhibitions.
February 24 | 5 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. | Free with Museum admission

Traditional Patterns of Pakistan Papercut with Artist Hiromi Moneyhun
February 26 | 12:30 to 3:30 p.m. | Members $50, Non-Members $65 | Registration required

Ceramic Lantern Making
March 14 | 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. | Members $50, Non-Members $65 | Registration required
March 16 | 12:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. | Members $50, Non-Members $65 | Registration required

Look At That! Light, Dark, Patterns and Shadows: Anila Quayyum Agha: Flight Patterns
March 22 | 12 to 1 p.m. | Free | Online Event | Registration required

Virtual Culture & Conversation: Lecture with Artist Anila Quayyum Agha
April 5 | 7 to 8 p.m.  | Free | Online Event | Registration required

To register for programming, visit

For more information about the Museum’s permanent collection and special exhibitions, visit here

About the Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens:
For 60 years, the Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens has been committed to engaging and inspiring through the arts, gardens, and education. A permanent collection of more than 5,000 objects and historically significant gardens on a riverfront campus offers nearly 140,000 annual visitors a truly unique experience on the First Coast. Nationally recognized education programs serve adults and children of all abilities. The Museum is committed to ensuring that diversity and inclusion is woven into the fabric of its exhibitions, programs, and offerings. For further information, including hours, visit


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