Commissioned Embroidery for the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture

Swati Khurana was commissioned by the Schomburg Institution to make a work that responds to Ntozake Shange’s choreopoem, for colored girls who have considered suicide/when the rainbow is enuf. That embroidery is on view at the:

Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture

515 Malcolm X Boulevard

New York, NY 10037-1801

Exhibition open September 20, 2014 -January 3, 2015

“i found god in myself” is a multimedia and multigallery exhibition celebrating the 40th anniversary of Ntozake Shange’s groundbreaking choreopoem, for colored girls who have considered suicide/when the rainbow is enuf. Since its debut performance in 1974 just outside Berkeley, California, at a bar named the Bacchanal, Shange’s work has captivated, provoked, inspired, and transformed audiences all over the world. “i found god in myself” is curated and organized by, Souleo of Souleo Enterprises, LLC.

Artists: Michael Paul Britto, Melissa Calderón, Pamela Council, Renee Cox, Uday K. Dhar, Beata Drozd, Laura R. Gadson, Kathleen Granados, Swati Khurana, Kimberly Mayhorn, Chompunutt Mayta, Beau McCall Io Palmer, Kameelah Janan Rasheed, Amber Robles-Gordon, Arlene Rush, Rafia Santana, Dianne Smith, Alexandria Smith, SOL’SAX, Margaret Rose Vendryes

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Kriti Festival of South Asian and Diaspora Arts and Literature

Swati Khurana will be at the Kriti Festival of South Asian and Diaspora Arts and Literature at University of Illinois, Chicago, from September 25 – 28, 2014.

On Friday September 26, she will be giving a reading, and participating on panesl about MFA / Ph.D. Programs in Writing and Writing and Interdisciplinary Artistic Practice. Throughout the festival, she will be doing her “Texting Scrolls” project where she transcribes strangers’ text messages onto scrolls.

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“The Time Has Come” — Fourth BRIO Biennial

Swati Khurana will be exhibiting two new drawings at the “The Time Has Come” exhibition–BRIO (Bronx Recognizes Its Own)’s fourth artist biennial featuring works by Bronx artists who are 2012 and 2013 BCA BRIO winners in visual and media arts.

Wednesday, June 4th at 5:00pm-8:00 PM

Opening Reception

Longwood Art Gallery

Hostos Community College

450 Grand Concourse at 149th Street, Bronx NY

Artists include Manuel Acevedo, Jeanine Alfieri, Michael Paul Britto, Mark Cabaroy, Firan Chisolm, Onyedika Chuke, Patricia Delahanty, Dennis Delgado, Donna Diamond, Sharyn Finnegan, Sean Paul Gallegos, Swati Khurana, Ruth Marshall, Adel L. Morales, Laura Napier, Elle Pérez, Amy Pryor, Stephanie Rodríguez, Hrvoje Slovenc, Jennifer Tomaiolo, and Randal Wilcox. The exhibition was curated by Juanita Lanzo, Director of Longwood Art Gallery @ Hostos. Since 1989 Bronx Recognizes Its Own (BRIO) has provided direct support to individual Bronx artists in the disciplines of literary, media, visual, and performing arts. Each year 25 BRIO grants of $3,000 are awarded to Bronx artists. More than $875,000 has been awarded to 310 artists since BRIO’s inception, having grown from ten annual awards of $1500 to its current award status.

“UnSuitable Girls” at Smithsonian’s “Beyond Bollywood: Indians in America” Exhibition

Three portraits from “Unsuitable Girls” –a collaboration between Swati Khurana and Anjali Bhargava will be shown in a groundbreaking exhibition at the National Museum of Natural History (NMNH). Curated by Masum Momaya, the exhibition will explore the heritage, daily experience and numerous contributions that Indian immigrants and Indian Americans have made to shaping the United States. Included in the exhibition will be historical and contemporary images and several dozen artifacts, including those documenting histories of discrimination and resistance, those conveying daily experiences and those symbolizing achievements across the professions. Music and visual art works providing commentary on the Indian American experience will also form a critical component of the exhibition.

The exhibition will be up through March 2015.

SAWCC presents “Sublime”

Come to get a text message immortalized by Swati Khurana at DUMBO Arts Festival, as SAWCC presents “Sublime” featuring projects by Monica Jahan Bose, Ruby Chishti, Anjali Deshmukh, Sunita S. Mukhi, Roshani Thakore and Project For Empty Space.

“On Saturday, September 28th from 12-6pm Swati will present her Scrolling Texts project. With a red cigarette girl style tray, she will walk around and elevate passersby’s SMS messages from the banal to the sublime. By transcribing the text onto vellum and tying the scroll with a sacred red thread, an ephemeral message is transformed into a precious object.”

Directions and hours are availabe at the Dumbo Arts Festival website. Please go to SAWCC for more information on the exhibition and the mission of SAWCC.

Unsuitable Girls New Portrait featuring Jasmine Wahi

Unsuitable Girls, Swati Khurana’s collaborative project with photographer Anjali Bhargava has continued with a new portrait featuring Jasmine Wahi as “Least Orthodox Goddess.” The work inspired Jasmine Wahi curate a group show with that title “Least Orthodox Goddess” –“ the embodiment of the female superhero–unapologetically strong, unabashedly sexual, and unequivocally outspoken.”

In addition to the portrait, you can see the life-size “Ideal Family sculptures” at Gallery 151 until September 22nd.

For directions and hours please see Gallery 151 website, and be sure to read the Whitewall Magazine Review of the show.

Opening: The Least Orthodox Goddess

Next Thursday, July 18th, from 6-9pm is the opening of The Least Orthodox Goddess, at Gallery 151 (between 6th and 7th ave). This exhibition was curated by Jasmine Wahi as a response to a body of work with the moniker, by artists Anjali Bhargava and Swati Khurana. It was additionally inspired by interactions that the curator has had working with female survivors of sexual abuse and domestic sex-trafficking.

Work in the exhibition comes from Anjali Bhargava, Peter Gronquist, Julie Heffernan, Swati Khurana, Leila Lal, L’OR, Divya Mehra, Wardell Milan, and Carrie Mae Rose.

The exhibition will be on view at Gallery 151 until August 31st, 2013. For more information on visiting hours and pricing please visit the gallery website.