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Visual Arts Colloquium: Staging and the Festival of India | Professor Rebecca M. Brown, Johns Hopkins University

April 20 @ 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm

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The Department of Visual Arts at Ashoka University welcomes you to the concluding talk of its Spring Colloquium on by Professor Rebecca M. Brown on Staging and the Festival of India

Visual Arts Colloquium 

Date: Tuesday, April 20, 2021

Time: 7:30 PM (Indian Standard Time), 7 AM (Pacific Daylight Time)

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The exhibitions of Indian art held during the Festival of India in the US (1985-86) offered an unparalleled chance to bring together India’s multitude of art objects, from stone and bronze sculptures to silk woven textiles and photographs. Both the National Gallery in DC and the Metropolitan Museum in New York staged exhibitions that embraced the spectacular opportunities available at this particular moment: in DC, a show of masterpieces on austere pedestals, regally representing historical periods, and in New York, a show of princely “costumes” posed dramatically, saturated with color, and incorporating both scent and sound. Distinct and seemingly of different curatorial worlds, both shows demonstrate an attention to drama and spectacle, presenting two distinct imagined “Indias” for their American audience.

Rebecca M. Brown is Professor and Chair in the History of Art at Johns Hopkins University. She is a scholar of colonial and postcolonial South Asian visual culture and politics, and she has served as a consultant and a curator for modern and contemporary Indian art for the Peabody Essex Museum, the Walters Art Museum, and the Shelley and Donald Rubin Foundation. Her work examines urban space, modernity, visual political rhetoric, cultural diplomacy, and rhythm, motion, and time in art, visual culture, and exhibitionary contexts. Professor Brown’s major publications include Displaying Time: The Many Temporalities of the Festival of India (University of Washington Press 2017), Rethinking Place in South Asian and Islamic Art, 1500–Present (co-edited with Deborah S. Hutton, Routledge 2016),Goddess, Lion, Peasant, Priest: Modern and Contemporary Indian Art from the Shelley and Donald Rubin Collection (2011), Gandhi’s Spinning Wheel and the Making of India (Routledge 2010), Art for a Modern India, 1947–1980 (Duke University Press 2009), A Companion to Asian Art and Architecture (co-edited with Deborah S. Hutton, Wiley-Blackwell 2011), Asian Art (co-edited with Deborah S. Hutton, Blackwell 2006), and numerous articles in Visual Anthropology, Res, Interventions, CSSAAME, Archives of Asian Art, Art Journal, Journal of Urban History, Screen and Journal of Asian Studies.

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April 20
7:30 pm - 8:30 pm


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