General admission for children 17 years and under is always free

Raqib Shaw in Conversation with Pieranna Cavalchini

Thursday, February 15, 2024 7 pm
Calderwood Hall

Join artist Raqib Shaw in conversation with exhibition co-curator Pieranna Cavalchini on the public opening evening of the Gardner’s exhibition Raqib Shaw: Ballads of East and West. Born in Calcutta, India, raised in Kashmir, and now based in London, Shaw paints colorful, jewel-like works infused with mystery and memory. 

This conversation will trace Shaw’s artistic journey and how he mines history, art history, and mystical sources to imagine alternate realities. Discover how Shaw sources childhood memories, contemporary issues, and current global crises, particularly in the contested territory of Kashmir, to create fantastical scenes set within hybridized geographies. 

This program is organized in connection with Raqib Shaw: Ballads of East and West (February 15 - May 12, 2024). Exhibition galleries will be open before and after the program.


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. 


Advanced tickets are required and include Museum admission. Adults $20, seniors $18, students $13, free for members and children 17 and under.

Seating in Calderwood Hall is first come, first served. Seating begins 45 minutes before the event. Late seating is not guaranteed.

To request accessible or wheelchair seating please call the box office at 617 278 5156.

About the Speakers

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.