Alumni Spotlight | Huma Feroza Bhabha (Visual Arts '89)

Huma BhabhaWas there a specific faculty member or peer that especially inspired you while at the School of the Arts? If so, who and how?

It was a peer Jason Fox, that inspired and changed my life and is my life partner.

What was your favorite or most memorable class while at the School of the Arts?

My most memorable class was 'Contemporary Issues In Art', a seminar led by the late Richard Martin who was later curator of the Costume Institute at The Metropolitan Museum of Art. It was an eye opener for me about the contemporary New York art world.
About Huma Bhabha

Huma Bhabha was born in 1962, in Karachi, Pakistan. She currently lives and works in Poughkeepsie, NY. In her current exhibition at Salon 94, the artist presents new work in both of the gallery’s downtown spaces. In each installation, Bhabha draws from an expansive trove of references that cross genres, centuries, continents and mediums.  Her inspirations are non-hierarchical, coming as much from popular horror movies and science fiction as from ancient artifacts, religious reliquary, Modernist sculpture and German neo-expressionism. The work can be read as an encyclopedic memory that maps, retraces, and re-imagines cultural history as an active interplay between decay and renewal.

Bhabha’s sculptures are also prominently on view now in All the World’s Futures curated by Okwui Enwezor at the Venice Biennale 2015. The artist’s first solo museum exhibition took place in 2012-13 at MoMA PS1 and she has had recent solo exhibitions at VeneKlasen Werner Gallery, Berlin (2014), Collezione Marmotti, Reggio Emilia, Italy (2012), and the Aspen Art Museum in Aspen (2011). Her work is included in the public collections of The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, TX; The Museum of Modern Art, New York; The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris; and the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, among others.
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