Anila Quayyum Agha: A Beautiful Despair

On view through January 9, 2022
Second floor

Light and shadow come together in the latest immersive contemporary exhibition at the Carter! Commissioned by the museum, Pakistani-American multidisciplinary artist Anila Quayyum Agha will create an immersive, site-specific sculptural installation ​and related drawings ​informed by her multicultural experience. Agha’s sculptures are created from intricately cut steel illuminated by a single light source, dramatically filling the room with ornate patterns of light and shadow. Bridging modern and traditional materials with historic and contemporary meanings, her work weaves together complex themes of global politics, social and gender roles, and mass media while simultaneously creating a contemplative, welcoming space that draws you in. You won’t want to miss it!

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Installation Photos

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In the Press

A transportation occurs no less overwhelming than that felt by entering one of Yaoyi Kusama’s Infinity Rooms–although more solemn.

— Forbes, October 18, 2021
Anila Quayyum Agha (b. 1965), A Beautiful Despair (Cube), 2021, laser cut, lacquered steel turquoise, © Anila Agha

Anila Quayyum Agha: A Beautiful Despair is organized by the Amon Carter Museum of American Art. Support for the exhibition is provided by Entrada of Texas and the Ann L. & Carol Green Rhodes Charitable Trust, Bank of America, N.A., Trustee.