Huma Bhabha: We Come in Peace

The Roof Garden Commission

Shanay Jhaveri, Ed Halter, and Sheena Wagstaff

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May 8, 2018
64 pages, 4 5/16 x 7 1/4
40 color illus.
ISBN: 9781588396464
PB with Poster Jacket

Published by The Metropolitan Museum of Art/Distributed by Yale University Press

A compact volume that illuminates the work of Huma Bhabha and chronicles her piece for the 2018 Met Roof Garden commission

Often described as “post apocalyptic,” the work of Pakistani sculptor Huma Bhabha (b. 1962) responds to the violence and turmoil in the world around her through depictions of anthropomorphic figures that often appear to be dismembered, melted, or dissected. This compact volume, accompanying a site-specific installation at the Metropolitan Museum’s Roof Garden, features an interview with the artist that provides new insight into her diverse influences. Essays discuss the impact of cinema and science fiction on Bhabha’s sculpture, explore art historical connections, and illuminate the artist’s process and oeuvre over the past 20 years. Like the installation, this book—the sixth in a series devoted to the Met’s Roof Garden Commissions—connects Bhabha’s contemporary practice to both art history and global current events.

Shanay Jhaveri is assistant curator and Sheena Wagstaff is Leonard A. Lauder Chairman in the Department of Modern and Contemporary Art, both at The Metropolitan Museum of Art. Ed Halter is founder and director of Light Industry, a venue for film and electronic art in Brooklyn, New York. 


The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York