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Culture, Language, and Identity: Perspectives Through South Asian Art

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Tue, Mar 26, 2019 at 04:30pm

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Tue, Mar 26, 2019 at 06:30pm

The show features two artists from Pakistan and India who reflect on the impact of The 1947 Partition of British India in their works. Mahboob Jokhio and Krupa Makhija explore the interplay between culture, language and identity through a deeply personal lens.


Visiting Artist Fellows Exhibition Reception: Partition Perspectives

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Tue, Mar 12, 2019 at 06:00pm

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Tue, Mar 12, 2019 at 08:00pm

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Harvard Allston Education Portal

ADDRESS
Harvard Allston Education Portal
224 Western Ave.
Allston, MA

The 1947 Partition of British India displaced millions of people along religious lines and led to the creation of two new countries: Pakistan and India. In this exhibition, Mahbub Jokhio and Krupa Makhija, the Mittal Institute’s Spring 2019 Visiting Artist Fellows reflect on the impact of the partition. Their work explores the deeply personal issues of culture, language, and identity in the region.


Art and Science of the Forbes Pigment Collection | Color and Pigments in Indian Painting

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Thu, Aug 9, 2018 at 06:00pm

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Thu, Aug 9, 2018

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CSMVS Museum, Mumbai

ADDRESS
CSMVS Museum, Mumbai
159-161 Mahatma Gandhi Road
Fort, Mumbai - 400023, Maharashtra, India


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Visitors' Centre Auditorium

Please join us for this two-part lecture cosponsored by Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya (CSMVS) and supported by Jai & Sugandha Hiremath – Hikal Ltd. An invitation to this event may be found here

 

Art and Science of the Forbes Pigment Collection by Narayan Khandekar

Dr Narayan Khandekar tells us about the Forbes Pigment Collection. It will cover the reasons why Edward Waldo Forbes started collecting pigments, how the collection grew, new additions to the collection and how it is used now by using case studies from the activities of the Straus Centre for Conservation and Technical Studies.

Narayan Khandekar leads the Strauss Center’s conservation and research activities, as well as those for the Center for the Technical Study of Modern Art. Specializing in the scientific analysis of paintings and painted surfaces, he has published extensively on the subject. He curates the Forbes Pigment Collection and the Gettens Collection of Binding Media and Varnishes.

Color and Pigments in Indian Painting by Jinah Kim

How blue is Krishna? Does the Sankrit term “kṛṣṇa” mean blue? Color experience is highly subjective, and color terms pose semiotic challenges. A fluid semantic range in Sanskrit makes it even more challenging to identify which color a color term denotes. Here, the data gleaned from scientific analysis of pigments and the study of material and physical aspects of paintings as objects can help unpack the role of artists in shaping the way we see color. Identifying pigments in use in Indian miniature painting and reading them in close comparison with the colors discussed in theoretical texts and artistic treatises, afford us a glimpse into artists’ intimate, embodied knowledge of each color’s material properties.  This talk will demonstrate how efforts to contextualize the analytical data on pigments with art historical questions can help advance our understanding of color and pigments in the history of painting beyond a matter of confirmation of a pigment’s use.

Jinah Kim is the Gardner Cowles Associate Professor of History of Art and Architecture. Professor Kim’s research and teaching interests cover a broad range of topics with special interests in intertextuality of text-image relationship, art and politics, female representations and patronage, issues regarding re-appropriation of sacred objects, and post-colonial discourse in the field of South and Southeast Asian Art.

 

 



Arts at SAI Seminar: Tea Tales of Bangladesh

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Thu, Apr 12, 2018 at 04:30pm

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Thu, Apr 12, 2018 at 06:30pm

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CGIS South, S250
Harvard University

ADDRESS
CGIS South, S250
Harvard University
1730 Cambridge Street
Cambridge MA

Faiham Ebna Sharif, SAI Visiting Artist

Chair: Sugata Bose, Gardiner Professor of Oceanic History and Affairs, Harvard University

Comments by: Alison Nordström, Curator and Historian of Photography

SAI Visiting Artist Faiham Ebra Sharif is a is a freelance multimedia journalist and photographer. He will discuss his current project, Cha Chakra: Tea Tales of Bangladesh, which sheds light on the plight of the tea garden workers of Bangladesh who are among the lowest paid and most vulnerable laborers in the world yet are strangely invisible to the global media. This project aims to collect the undocumented history of the global tea industry through photography, oral histories, and archival materials


South Asia Without Borders Seminar: Citizenship of the Outcastes

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Tue, Apr 3, 2018 at 12:00pm

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Tue, Apr 3, 2018 at 02:00pm

The panel will discuss conceptions of “citizenship” in India as related to caste and indigeneity. The discussion will be an opportunity to explore the ways that citizenship and belonging have been constructed through exclusion and marginalization based on social, political, and ethnic lines.

Rajyashri Goody, Visiting Artist, The Lakshmi Mittal South Asia Institute, Harvard University

Suraj Yengde, W.E.B. Du Bois Nonresident fellow, Hutchins Center for African and African American Research, Harvard University; Research Associate, Department of African and African American Studies, Harvard University

Raile Rocky Ziipao, Arvind Raghunathan and Sribala Subramanian South Asia Visiting Fellow, The Lakshmi Mittal South Asia Institute, Harvard University

Moderator: Sai Balakrishnan, Assistant Professor of Urban Planning, Harvard Graduate School of Design

Lunch will be provided.

Co-sponsored by the Committee on Ethnicity Migration and Rights (EMR) and the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study.


Pre-Texts with Doris Sommer

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Fri, Mar 9, 2018 at 12:00pm

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Fri, Mar 9, 2018 at 02:00pm

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CGIS South, S153
Harvard University

ADDRESS
CGIS South, S153
Harvard University
1730 Cambridge Street
Cambridge, MA 02138

In collaboration with partners in the Indian education and public health sectors, Professor Doris Sommer (FAS and Director of Cultural Agents) hopes to contribute to development in India with Pre-Texts by engaging local strengths to promote: Literacy, Innovation, and Citizenship. The seminar includes lunch and will be followed by a demonstration of Pre-Texts with audience participation.



Qissebaazi: A Multilingual Storytelling Orbit Directed by Danish Husain

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Thu, Sep 21, 2017 at 04:00pm

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Thu, Sep 21, 2017 at 05:30pm

COST   Free

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CGIS South, S020 Belfer
Harvard University

ADDRESS
CGIS South, S020 Belfer
Harvard University
1730 Cambridge Street
Cambridge MA 02138

Danish Husain is a poet, actor, filmmaker and theatre director – he is one of the people who have helped revive the lost art form of Urdu storytelling, Dastangoi, and is a columnist with India Today’s opinion website Daily O.


Water by Deepa Mehta

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Fri, Sep 8, 2017 at 02:00pm

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Fri, Sep 8, 2017 at 04:00pm

Join us for a screening of Deepa Mehta’s acclaimed film Water (2005; 115 min.), part of the Elements trilogy. Set in 1938 Colonial India, against Mahatma Gandhi’s rise to power, the story begins when eight-year-old Chuyia is widowed and sent to a home where Hindu widows must live in penitence. Chuyia’s feisty presence affects the lives of the other residents, including a beautiful young widow, who falls for a Gandhian idealist.

https://youtu.be/2R0pRl18js8
This screening is offered in conjunction with the installation Women in South Asian Art, on view in the University Teaching Gallery at Harvard Art Museums from August 26, 2017–January 7, 2018.
Free Admission

Please also join us to continue Mehta’s Elements trilogy with screenings of Fire on Friday, September 29 and Earth on Friday, October 27 at 2 pm in Menschel Hall.

Check Harvard Art Museum’s calendar for details: www.harvardartmuseums.org/visit/calendar.



American Council for Southern Asian Art Symposium XVIII

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Thu, Oct 12, 2017 at 04:00pm

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Sun, Oct 15, 2017 at 12:15pm

COST   $50-$180

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CGIS South, Tsai Auditorium S010
Harvard University

ADDRESS
CGIS South, Tsai Auditorium S010
Harvard University
1730 Cambridge Street
Cambridge, MA 02138


VENUE
MFA, Mabel Louise Riley Seminar Room (Meeting Room 156)

ADDRESS
Mabel Louise Riley Seminar Room (Meeting Room 156)
Museum of Fine Arts
465 Huntington Ave
Boston, MA 02115

ACSAA symposia occur in alternating years, and serve as opportunities to meet colleagues, reconnect with mentors and graduate school cohorts, and share one’s current research with the field.