The Citiblog

June 23, 2021, 6:48.27 pm ET


Photo: Shahzia Sikander: Extraordinary Realities

Pakistani American artist Shahzia Sikander is internationally celebrated for bringing Indo-Persian manuscript-painting traditions into dialogue with contemporary art practice. The new exhibition, “Shahzia Sikander: Extraordinary Realities” at the Morgan Library & Museum (225 Madison Avenue) through September 26. tracks the first 15 years of her artistic journey, during which Sikander richly interrogated gender, sexuality, race, class, and history, creating open-ended narratives that have sustained her work as one of the most significant artists working today.

Photo: New York Historical Society

In “Marker, Emblem, Symbol, Signal: Artists Reflect on the Flag,” now at the New York Historical Society (170 Central Park West), the New York-based project Art for Artists asked 13 artists -- Chloe Bass, Natalie Baxter, Daniel Bejar, Mel Chin, Pamela Council, DARNstudio, Ghost of a Dream, Vandana Jain, Kirsten Hassenfeld, Sarah Sandman, David Scher, Dread Scott and Sanne Vaassen -- to explore the symbolic possibilities and perils of flags. Talk about independent thinkers!

Photo: Visions of Pride: Paris is Still Burning

As is fitting for the month, The Center, in partnership with the High Line, is presenting “Visions of Pride: Paris is Still Burning,” an in-person photo exhibition on the High Line at 14th Street through July 11. The exhibit depicts the multifaceted nature of ballroom culture, both in New York City and nationwide, through the lenses of photographers Anja Matthes, Damien Armstrong, and William Isaac Lockhart. These artists’ intimate portraits and landscapes provide an up-close look at the grandeur of the ballroom community and the stories of its members.

The Museum of Art and Design’s annual “MAD About Jewelry” exhibition and sale is a highlight for many collectors. This year, on Saturday, June 26 from 10:30 am to 3:30pm, the museum will host first in-person MAD About Jewelry event of the year—a pop-up trunk show to be held outside the Museum (2 Columbus Circle). Visitors can meet artists Jocelyn DeSisto, Danielle Gori-Montanelli, Mia Hebib, Casey Sobel, and Katrin Zimmermann and shop their collections. In addition, work from Ashley Buchanan, Kate Cusack, Paula Giecco, Tara Locklear, and Lucy Martin will also be for sale.