Cleveland Museum of Art | Picturing Motherhood Now

Cleveland Museum of Art | Picturing Motherhood Now

Mequitta Ahuja

artnet news | What’s On Your Walls: Lawyer Schwanda Rountree on Collecting Without Regrets and Why Art Is an ‘Essential Part’ of Her Being

artnet news | What’s On Your Walls: Lawyer Schwanda Rountree on Collecting Without Regrets and Why Art Is an ‘Essential Part’ of Her Being

Mequitta Ahuja

The Washington, D.C.-based lawyer, philanthropist, and art collector Schwanda Rountree has long recognized the importance of assembling a collection carefully, with intention, and over time. “I first fell in love with art when I was a kid,” Rountree said. “Whenever I got a chance to be surrounded by art, I was in a joyful space.”

The Observer | "Picturing Motherhood Now" at CMA reimagines our deepest connections

The Observer | "Picturing Motherhood Now" at CMA reimagines our deepest connections

Mequitta Ahuja

"The first piece in the hall is Mequitta Ahuja’s 2020 oil painting entitled “Portrait of Her Mother,” a gentle rendition of the artist’s studio with Ahuja standing in the foreground, her body turned slightly away as though she is torn between us and her work. Two striking portraits in vibrant reds and blues loom behind her, but their presence is overshadowed by the sketch Ahuja holds up for us to see—the pearly paper shining from the center of the canvas. Etched upon it is a drawing of Ahuja’s mother—the two of them share many striking features, from their sharp cheekbones, to the curve of their noses, to the nearly imperceptible tilt of their heads. It is quite a homage carved out of a single instant, with the smallest moments immortalizing a mother’s impact."

The News-Herald | Cleveland Museum of Art's new exhibition 'Picturing Motherhood Now' focuses on role through wide, contemporary lens

The News-Herald | Cleveland Museum of Art's new exhibition 'Picturing Motherhood Now' focuses on role through wide, contemporary lens

“‘Picturing Motherhood Now’ emerged during the global pandemic and in the wake of the murder of George Floyd and the important conversations about race that followed,” Liebert says. “I think these world events did inflect the show. They inevitably shaped the way artists were thinking, and the issues that were on the minds of our catalog contributors.”

Mequitta Ahuja | Ma

Mequitta Ahuja | Ma

Exhibition Catalog: December 17, 2020 - January 23, 2021

Artnet News | Baltimore Artist Mequitta Ahuja on How Her New Exhibition is an Ode to Motherhood and Loss

Artnet News | Baltimore Artist Mequitta Ahuja on How Her New Exhibition is an Ode to Motherhood and Loss

January 11, 2021

“Ma”, the artist’s new exhibition at New York’s Aicon Gallery, includes 20 oil sketches and five large oil paintings. The works may be the artist’s most intimately personal yet—made over the past 15 months, during the final period of her mother Sonja’s life, the works are a form of grieving. Loss, healing, gratitude, and connection exist as interconnected and equal energies.

Widewalls | 11 Contemporary Artists to Watch Right Now

Widewalls | 11 Contemporary Artists to Watch Right Now

A contemporary American painter of African American and South Asian descent who lives in Weston, Connecticut, Mequitta Ahuja casts herself as mythic warriors, epic heroes, and power figures descending from traditions across cultures. She synthesizes her multicultural heritage into works that evoke the process of identity construction.

Kajal | One Piece by Mequitta Ahuja, Xpect

Kajal | One Piece by Mequitta Ahuja, Xpect