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Friends of Fenway Court Patron Preview

Raqib Shaw: Ballads of East and West

Tuesday, February 13, 2024 6 - 8:30 pm
All Special Exhibition Galleries

Raqib Shaw: Ballads of East and West is an invitation to see the world as Raqib Shaw does, as “an amalgamation, a hybrid, a cocktail.” Featuring flamboyant and fantastical puzzles of self-portraiture, landscapes in peril, and references to historic painting and his childhood in Kashmir, Shaw’s jewel-like pieces echo across centuries and continents. These sensuous works—painstakingly painted using porcupine quills—beg to be explored with a careful eye, for much like how Shaw sees the world, “the more you look, the more it will reward you.”


Remarks by Peggy Fogelman
Norma Jean Calderwood Director 

Curatorial insights from Pieranna Cavalchini
Tom and Lisa Blumenthal Curator of Contemporary Art

Performance by Steven Beck, piano

Cocktails and light bites 

Space is limited
Please reply by January 29 to or 617 264 6045 to reserve your place.

Valet parking is available for a fee.


This reception is a benefit of the Friends of Fenway Court Patron Program. To learn more about the program and its year-round engagement opportunities, please click here.

Image Credit: Raqib Shaw, Ode to the Country without a Post Office, 2019-20. Acrylic liner and enamel on Birch wood, 80 x 85 cm (31 4/8 x 33 4/8 in.) © Raqib Shaw. Private Collection. Photo © (White Cube) Theo Christelis. 


Raqib Shaw: Ballads of East and West is organized by the Frist Art Museum, Nashville, and the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, Boston, with guest curator Dr. Zehra Jumabhoy.
Additional Venues: The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston: June 9 – September 2, 2024 and The Huntington Library, Art Museum, and Botanical Gardens: November 16, 2024 – March 3, 2025
Support for the exhibition at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum is provided by the Ford Foundation, National Endowment for the Arts, Steve and Alexandra Cohen, Pace Gallery, and White Cube.
The Artist-in-Residence program is directed by Pieranna Cavalchini, Tom and Lisa Blumenthal Curator of Contemporary Art, and is supported by the Barbara Lee Program Fund. Funding is also provided for site-specific installations of new work on the Anne H. Fitzpatrick Façade on Evans Way.
The Gardner Museum receives operating support from the Massachusetts Cultural Council.