Mikray Pida Curated by John Blee - Online only - Fall 2020

This exhibition was cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Please visit our Museum@Home for more information and resources.

Read the exhibition texts by Edward Luttwak and Mikray Pida

Mikray Pida, My Space

Stillness and meditation form the work of Mikray Pida. Incorporating figures and landscape as well as inner space, the subjects of her work include immigration and refugees as well as environmental issues. The vast changes we are experiencing in the physical aspects of nature are very much a part of Pida’s concern. Pida is an artist who comes of the history and issues of her time.

Pida's art is grounded most deeply in her knowledge of the Uighur people. There is mystery in her work and remembrance of an inherited civilization, some of it on cave walls from almost a thousand years ago. Her art is a powerful and profound fusion of the present as well as the deeply held inheritance of her own people.

– John Blee, Curator

Image: Mikray Pida, My Space, 2016. Acrylic on canvas, 27 x 34.5 in. Courtesy of the artist.

Mikray Pida, China Memories, 2017

Mikray Pida, China Memories, 2017, Acrylic on canvas, 87 x 72 in. Courtesy of the artist.

Mikray Pida, Highlights, 2020

Mikray Pida, Highlights, 2020. Acrylic on canvas, 72 x 50 in. Courtesy of the artist.

Mikray Pida, Individualism, 2019

Mikray Pida, Individualism, 2019. 50 x 50 in. Courtesy of the artist.

Mikray Pida, Programmed, 2019

Mikray Pida, Programmed, 2019. Mixed media on canvas, 67 x 52 in. Courtesy of the artist.

Mikray Pida, People and Space, 2014

Mikray Pida, People and Space, 2014. Mixed media on canvas, 40 x 36 in. Courtesy of the artist.

Mikray Pida, Political Immigrants, 2019

Mikray Pida, Political Immigrants, 2019. 85 x 40 in. Courtesy of the artist.

Mikray Pida, Space, 2019

Mikray Pida, Space, 2019. Mixed media on canvas, 66 x 51 in. Courtesy of the artist.

Mikray Pida, Time and Space II, 2018

Mikray Pida, Time and Space II, 2018. Mixed media on canvas, 38 x 72 in. Courtesy of the artist.

Contsted Space font in red and blue

Presented in conjunction with our virtual series Contested Space.