Realms of Earth and Sky: Indian Painting from the 15th to the 19th Century with Krista
Gulbransen, Assistant Professor of Art History and Visual Culture Studies at Whitman
College, and exhibition contributor
Date: Thursday, January 29, 2015
Time: 5:30 p.m.
Lectures and Workshops
Internationally acclaimed Pakistani-born artist and MacArthur Fellow Shahzia Sikander will discuss her artistic practice of experimentation and disruption of historical Indo-Persian painting styles. Presented by the Department of Art History and the Tang Teaching Museum and supported by the Alfred Z. Solomon Residency Fund.
Date: Thursday, February 5, 2015
Time: 7:30 p.m.
Molly Aitken and Dipti Khera
Two leading scholars of Rajput painting — Molly Aitken, Associate Professor of Art History at The City College of New York, and Dipti Khera, Assistant Professor of Art History at New York University — will lecture on pleasure in South Asian paintings. Made possible by the Alfred Z. Solomon Residency Fund.
Date: Thursday, April 2, 2015
Time: 7:00 p.m.
Talha Rathore and Hiba Schahbaz
Artists Talha Rathore and Hiba Schahbaz will speak about the traditional techniques in Realms of Earth and Sky and the ways in which each has modernized and personalized the miniature tradition in their practice. Made possible by the Alfred Z. Solomon Residency Fund.
Date and Time - Public conversation: Thursday, April 16, 7:30 p.m.
Date and Time - Miniature Painting Workshops: Friday, April 17, 12:00-2:00 p.m. and 2:30-4:30 p.m.
Free. Reservations required. Call 518-580-8080.
Realms of Earth and Sky with Rachel Seligman, Assistant Director of Curatorial Affairs,
and Saleema Waraich, Assistant Professor of Art History at Skidmore College
Date: Tuesday, April 14, 2015
Trajectories of Tradition: A Rajput Intervention
Location: Palamountain Hall: Davis Auditorium
Time: 5:30 PM
Speaker: Molly Aitken, Associate Professor of Art History, CUNY
In early 20th-century India, Abanindranath Tagore undertook to rejuvenate India's painting traditions in order to create a national alternative to European-style oil painting. He and his followers came to be called the Bengal School. Histories of India's modern art inevitably recount this episode, following a now familiar trajectory that starts with the establishment of British art institutions in India and the subsequent demise of the Subcontinent's artistic traditions. This talk questions the premise of artistic demise by taking a closer look at how India's court artists answered colonial-era challenges to their traditions. It focuses on the project of a father and son, Rahim and Chotu, to reformulate royal portraiture at the Rajput court of Bikaner in the 1860s and 70s. Strategically traditional and not-traditional, the prototype the two Rajput court artists devised was realized in several versions, including a superb portrayal of Bikaner's Maharaja Sardar Singh at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. A close reading of their prototype and the drawings that led up to it, will not only highlight how they viewed the place of their tradition in India's rapidly changing visual culture, but will also bring to the fore the kinds of art historical elisions that were essential to the Bengal School's success. In doing so, the talk will disorder the established art historical narrative to reopen its assumptions for discussion.