JUNE 4 – AUGUST 8, 2021

Well Wishes is the first solo museum exhibition of Detroit artist Amna Asghar. Well Wishes features works that intertwine Asghar’s familial archive with found images from American and Pakistani popular cultures. This exhibition suggests that art is a technology that can flatten time, shorten geographical distance, and speak across cultural borders.

Well Wishes engages elements of Asghar’s practice in which the artist appropriates iconic cartoon imagery and classical landscape painting to infer portals revealing other realms, desires or wishes. Specifically, the exhibition intertwines the Romanticism Art movements–Thomas Cole’s The Voyage of Life series that represents an allegory of the four stages of human life: childhood, youth, adulthood, and old age with Asghar’s contemporary pop aesthetic. The exhibition is inspired by Asghar’s curiosity around what can be discovered by a collective group of viewers at the intersection of personal narrative, arts movements, and mass media.

Activated as a site for communion, Well Wishes presents a series of large scale paintings that will be hung in a manner that pokes-fun at the spatial limitations of a museum gallery. This exhibition seeks to advance the viewers perception of the function of a gallery in order to provide a space for collective contemplation where exchanges of thoughts, feelings and stories are shared across communities. Well Wishes invites viewers to contemplate the nature in which we consume art-work beyond an individual experience but rather as a communal experience where stories intersect.

Amna Asghar (b. 1984, Detroit, MI) lives and works in Detroit, MI. She received an MFA from the Rhode Island School of Design in 2014. Her work was featured in the Armory Show FOCUS section with Harmony Murphy Gallery, curated by Jarrett Gregory. She has shown at Klaus von Nichtssagend, New York, NY; Super Dutchess, New York, NY; Hotel Art Pavilion, Brooklyn, NY; Hawkeye Crates, Brooklyn, NY; NARS Foundation, Brooklyn, NY; Knockdown Center, Queens, NY; Washington Project for the Arts, Washington, DC; Museum of Contemporary Art, Denver, CO; Mint Museum, Charlotte, NC and Para Site, Hong Kong, CN, and VisArts, Rockville, MD. Asghar is currently represented by Klaus von Nichtssagend Gallery, New York.

Well Wishes is organized by the Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit and curated by Jova Lynne, Susanne Feld Hilberry Senior Curator. Well Wishes and its affiliated programs are funded by awards from the Ford Foundation, Michigan Humanities (an affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities), and the National Endowment for the Arts.

Amna Asghar, Agra and Baghdad, 2018. Courtesy of the artist.



SAT, JUN 5, 2021, 2PM

Join us for an afternoon with artist Amna Asghar and Jova Lynne, Susanne Feld Hilberry Senior Curator, as they reflect on the nature of the personal in artistic craft.