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Opening Reception: Wednesday, October 31 | 6 – 8 PM
On View: October 30 - November 5, 2018
This Fall, the Sotheby’s Institute of Art-New York MA in Contemporary Art curatorial course will be mounting a series of exhibitions at our campus in midtown Manhattan. You’re invited to the opening receptions for our student-curated exhibitions. Learn more about the exhibition series.

Across Borders – On view October 30 - November 5, 2018

Sotheby’s Institute of Art is pleased to present Across Borders, a group exhibition curated by Tenzin D. Lama and Aman Bachhawat, Master of Art Business candidates, class of 2018. The exhibit, on view from October 30 till November 5, 2018, is located in the New York campus on the sixth floor of 570 Lexington Avenue.

The exhibition is free and open to the public, Monday–Friday 10 am to 7 pm, and requires preliminary registration. This exhibition presents a cross cultural study in artistic creation and mapping of the artist diaspora across international borders from the place of their origin in lying different parts of Asia into their adopted residency in the United States. It is a celebration of different cultures and ethnicities where the artists have taken inspiration from their own cultural traditions and paid a homage to their ancestral roots through their multi-disciplinary art forms. Each artist brings forth their own perception of a world which they’ve left behind. Bahar Behbahani revisits the impulse of Persian Gardens in her works, of mixed media on canvas and installation of her archival paperworks which is a concurrent theme in the crux of Iranian artistic traditions. Mona Saeed Kamal's practice stems from her ancestral origins that are rooted in the Indian subcontinent and her migratory upbringing- born in Algeria, raised in Canada and currently residing in New York. Her installation of eight hundred hand painted paper boats represents migration and migratory journeys humans have taken since the origins of time. Although born in the United States, Nitin Mukul has an innate connection to his ancestral origins in India which is resonant in his oeuvre of works. Alexander Keefe, in his catalog essay for one of Nitin's solo shows titled, 'I woke up somewhere else', notes that "Nitin's restless images pull in and out of focus, sharpening and withdrawing, excavating their way through the sediments of individual and urban history, mapping a migrant's passages across shifting, unpredictable borderlands". Nitin’s multidisciplinary works, on canvas and a video installation in this exhibition encompass his take on migration and his connection with Indian culture.

Image by Mona Saeed Kamal.

RSVP is mandatory. Please bring photo identification to gain entry to the building.