In March 2017, the Crow Collection of Asian Art’s Education Department offered a series of workshops and a weeklong residency with Nida Bangash, an artist born in Iran and raised in Pakistan. Bangash’s practice stems from the Indo-Persian miniature painting tradition, a genre using precise brushwork and patterning. Using these techniques, Bangash applies symbolism and ornamentation to subtly address contemporary socio-political concerns. Drawing inspiration from the patterning and geometry in the Crow Collection’s 18th century Façade of a Residence, program participants incorporated Indo-Persian elements into their own hexagonal works of art.
Through the museum’s Artist Residency Program, ten high school students from across Dallas spent their spring breaks with Bangash exploring works of art at the museum, learning about the Persian and South Asian traditions of miniature painting and patterning, and thinking deeply about what it means to be a woman in today’s world. Drawing upon these explorations, students created original works of art that speak to their experience of being female.
The museum’s Education Department presents Seeing Patterns, an installation of work created by participants of all ages through their engagements with Nida Bangash.
Seeing Patterns and the associated programming is supported in part by a grant from the Dallas Women’s Foundation.