Anila Quayyum Agha’s Popular Illuminated Cube Installation Returns to the Cincinnati Art Museum

First on view at the CAM in 2017, the five-foot cube — "All the Flowers Are for Me (Red)" — illuminated the gallery and splayed immersive geometric and floral-textured shadows across the floor, walls and ceiling.

Anila Quayyum Agha (b. 1965), All the Flowers Are for Me (Red), laser-cut lacquered steel and lightbulb, 60x60x60 in, Alice Bimel Endowment for Asian Art, 2017.7
Anila Quayyum Agha (b. 1965), All the Flowers Are for Me (Red), laser-cut lacquered steel and lightbulb, 60x60x60 in, Alice Bimel Endowment for Asian Art, 2017.7

Pakistani-American artist Anila Quayyum Agha's super popular sculptural installation All the Flowers Are for Me (Red) will once again be on display at the Cincinnati Art Museum, from Dec. 5-Feb. 7.

First on view at the CAM in 2017, this immersive artwork features a decorative five-foot laser-cut cube, which illuminated and splayed geometric and floral shadows across the floor, walls and ceiling of the gallery room. 

According to the museum, All the Flowers are For Me (Red) is inspired by Islamic architectural forms and Agha's personal experience as a "diaspora artist." 

“Anila Quayyum Agha’s artworks create immersive, contemplative environments imbued with beauty and textured meaning," says Dr. Ainsley M. Cameron, Cincinnati Art Museum Curator of South Asian Art, Islamic Art & Antiquities, in a release. "This piece was originally created in 2016, in part as a manifestation of her personal grief after the death of her mother. Now, only four years later, we receive this sculpture in a world that is experiencing a collective grief, as we continue to navigate a global pandemic and radical social change. We hope that the exhibition will provide our visitors a moment of respite and reflection.” 

Agha's work has been exhibited across the world, and she currently splits time between Indianapolis and Augusta, Georgia, where she serves as Professor and Morris Eminent Scholar in Art at Augusta University.

All the Flowers are for Me (Red) was the first purchase the Cincinnati Art Museum made with its Alice Bimel Endowment for Asian Art. 

The sculpture will be on display in the Thomas R. Schiff Gallery from Dec. 5-Feb. 7. Admission is free, but the museum advises you to register online in advance for free tickets at cincinnatiartmuseum.org/visit.

The Cincinnati Art Museum is located at 953 Eden Park Drive, Eden Park.

 

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