February 19 – May 29, 2022
Pakistani American artist Anila Quayyum Agha’s immersive installations upend traditional ideas about sculpture. Brilliantly lit from within, they cast their own images onto the walls around them like lanterns and create intricate patterns that dance over visitors as they move through the exhibition.
The works in Let a Million Flowers Bloom use floral and geometric shapes inspired by Islamic architecture to explore notions of masculine and feminine, public and private, religious and secular, and particularly space and refuge, taking on the pain of losing one's home and agency and the hope of establishing them both anew. Agha’s unforgettable art envelops viewers in an enchanting visual environment that inspires awe and invites contemplation about sanctuary and belonging.
“Exploring the perceived political, social and cultural polarities such as the masculine-feminine, public-private, definite-amorphous, and religious-secular permits me to delve into controversial topics that reflect upon topical themes of cultural identity, global and environmental politics, mass media and social/gender roles.”
– Anila Agha
16 / February
Evening for EducatorsEducators from across the state are invited to join the CMA for an evening of art, wine, and nibbles as they enjoy a private look at new exhibitions. Judith Sobol, executive director of the Iris & B. Gerald Cantor Foundation, speaks about major themes featured in Rodin: Contemplation and Dreams. Explore the exhibition galleries, learn about new tours, and try out lesson plan materials focusing on the Rodin exhibition.
18 / February
Members’ Opening CelebrationCMA members are invited to an elegant preview reception of featured exhibitions Anila Quayyum Agha: Let a Million Flowers Bloom and Rodin: Contemplation and Dreams. The evening includes an opening lecture on Rodin with Curator of Education Glenna Barlow at 6:00 p.m. followed by a conversation between Director of Art & Learning Jackie Adams and exhibition artist Anila Quayyum Agha at 7:00 p.m. Free. Members only.
19 / February
In Conversation with Anila AghaEnjoy a conversation between Director of Art & Learning Jackie Adams and exhibition artist Anila Quayyum Agha as they discuss the process behind the works in Let a Million Flowers Bloom, the themes brought forward by the works, and where the artist sees her practice going in the future.
03 / March
Free First Thursday at the CMAEnjoy free admission courtesy of BlueCross BlueShield of South Carolina along with extended hours. Take a public tour of current exhibitions and drop by the 22 South Carolinians Salon Series. Plus, be on Boyd Plaza in the evening for live music, food vendors, and a beer garden courtesy of The Whig. Plaza events by First Thursday on Main.
All the Flowers are for Me: Turquoise, 2017
The Harold J Miossi Art Gallery, Cuesta College San Luis Obispo, CA
Lacquered steel and halogen bulb
60" x 60" x 60"
Photo credit: Cuesta College, San Luis Obispo CA