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SAI Event Topic : Arts Initiative


Thu, October 12, 2017 at 04:00pm to
Sun, October 15, 2017 at 12:15pm  /  CGIS South, Tsai Auditorium S010

American Council for Southern Asian Art Symposium XVIII

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October 12 – October 15, 2017

Harvard South Asia Institute is proud to co-sponsor the biennial American Council for Southern Asian Art Symposium. ACSAA symposia serve as opportunities to meet colleagues, reconnect with mentors and graduate school cohorts, and share one’s current research with the field. From senior scholars to graduate students, ACSAA symposia are one of the primary ways ACSAA members gather and support one another, share ideas with a group of like-minded colleagues, and participate in the ACSAA community. We are looking forward to welcoming you all in Boston/Cambridge, MA!

ACSAA 2017 Organizers

Jinah Kim, Gardner Cowles Associate Professor of History of Art & Architecture
Laura Weinstein, Ananda K. Coomaraswamy curator of South Asian and Islamic Art, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

About the ACSAA

The American Council for Southern Asian Art (ACSAA) is a non-profit organization dedicated to advancing the study and awareness of the art of South and Southeast Asia and the Himalayan regions. In addition to periodic symposia, usually held every two years, ACSAA pursues these goals through various projects, including its annual bulletin, bibliographies, a color slide project, a microfiche archive and outreach materials. Since its incorporation in 1967, ACSAA has grown from its original fifteen members to an organization of some three hundred individuals and institutions. ACSAA is formally affiliated with the College Art Association (CAA) and the Association of Asian Studies (AAS).

 

For more information about this conference, please visit our website: http://southasiainstitute.harvard.edu/acsaa2017/

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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

VENUE
CGIS South, Tsai Auditorium S010
Harvard University

ADDRESS
1730 Cambridge Street
Cambridge, MA 02138

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Thu, March 30, 2017 from 12:00pm - 01:30pm  /  Memorial Hall 030

Artist Talk: Landscape of Abstraction

Arts Seminar

Madhu Das, Visiting Artist, SAI Arts Program

Chair: Susan Bean, Independent Scholar and Chair, Art & Archaeology Center, American Institute of Indian Studies

Madhu Das is a multi-disciplinary Visual Artist based in Mumbai, India; his artistic practice is primarily concerned with the projection of identity onto the social and natural world: in a way that the two are woven together in the Indian space (both mythic space and actual); Exploring both conceptual and material sensibilities through range of media including drawing and painting, photography, performance, video, site-specific interventions, collaborative community projects and interactive/performative installations.

In his work, human body often establish an improvisational relationship with object and sculptural elements in the space. The work has involved the spaces in both a narrative sense and as a site of memory to re-narrate historical events as a way of plotting connections between the particular and the universal. Subjectively, he adapt aspects of material culture as well as methods from anthropology, allegorical fiction as conceptual tool, which later extends to the space of the viewer, from the point of a storyteller, exploring exciting linguistic devices and imagery with a sense of irony and paradox.

Lunch will be served.

SAI Visiting Artist Program

The location is Memorial Hall Meade Room 030, 45 Quincy Street. 

 

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Tue, March 28, 2017 from 01:00pm - 02:30pm  /  CGIS S001

Artist Talk: Rabindra Shrestha

Arts Seminar

Rabindra Shrestha, Visiting Artist, SAI Arts Program

Chair: Jinah KimGardner Cowles Associate Professor of History of Art and Architecture, Harvard University

Rabindra Shrestha is a Nepalese visual artist. Installation, detail pen and ink drawing, painting, traditional painting (Paubha), illustration, cartoon, and ceramic art are the different mediums of his visuals expressions. Most of his art is directly conceptual based. The collaborative line art project, Earthquake line and Finger prints with red line are some of his series in the Nepali contemporary art scene. Many people refer to him as a “Line Artist”. Shrestha’s works has been exhibited throughout the National Fine Art exhibition (nine times), Kochi-Muzirise Biennale 2014 (India), and Asian Art Biennale (Bangladesh). He secured the National Special Award (NAFA) from National Academy of Fine Arts three times, and was a winner of the US embassy Art Competition (Nepal).

SAI Visiting Artist Program

Lunch will be served.

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Tue, Mar 28, 2017 at 01:00pm

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Tue, Mar 28, 2017 at 02:30pm

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CGIS S001, 1730 Cambridge Street

ADDRESS
CGIS S001, 1730 Cambridge Street, Cambridge, MA

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Thu, December 8, 2016 from 12:00pm - 01:30pm  /  CGIS South, S153

Artist talk: Waking Whispers

Arts Seminar

Komal Shahid Khan, Visiting Artist, South Asia Institute Arts Program

Chair: Susan S. BeanChair, Art & Archaeology Center, American Institute of Indian Studies; Board Member, Textile Society of America; Associate, Peabody Museum, Harvard University; Senior Curator for South Asian and Korean Art. Peabody Essex Museum

Starting with an introduction and practices which lead to her specialization in Miniature painting, Khan will discuss how her work evolved over time, from traditional to conceptual and experimental. She will be talking about her Projects/ Series of Paintings, including: ‘Riddle, I call Life’ (2014), ‘Revelation’ (2015), ‘Aura’ (2015), ‘Her’ (2016), and ‘Imagined Immortals’ (2016).

She will show each painting briefly, commenting on individuals, society and the understanding of consciousness and unconsciousness and how her recent work is based upon what she calls “poetics of masquerade’’ in which the painted narratives are timeless and familiar.

Khan is a Visual Artist, based in Islamabad, Pakistan. She graduated from the University of Punjab, Lahore, Pakistan in 2012 and then did her Master in Fine Arts from Fatima Jinnah Women University Rawalpindi, Pakistan with specialization in Miniature Painting. On completing the degree in 2014, she scored Distinction and was awarded Gold Medal for herb Thesis Show in 2014. Since graduating, she started her career with Group Shows in art galleries in Islamabad/Rawalpindi and then moved on to Lahore and Karachi as well. She is presently teaching at the National College of Arts Rawalpindi, Pakistan, as a Lecturer. October, 2016 marks her First Solo Exhibition entitled as “Imagined Immortals” in Karachi, Pakistan.

Lunch will be served.

The South Asia Institute Visiting Artist Program hosts emerging artists at Harvard to engage with faculty, students, and the Harvard community.

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Thu, Dec 8, 2016 at 12:00pm

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Thu, Dec 8, 2016 at 01:30pm

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CGIS South, S153
Harvard University

ADDRESS
1730 Cambridge Street, Cambridge, MA 02138

1208 Komal
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Mon, December 5, 2016 from 12:00pm - 01:30pm  /  CGIS South, S153

Artist Talk: Boys don’t cry

Arts Seminar

Meenakshi Sengupta, Visiting Artist, South Asia Institute Arts Program

Chair: Jinah Kim, Gardner Cowles Associate Professor of History of Art and Architecture, South and Southeast Asian Art, Harvard University

This talk will focus on the celebration of womanhood and how Sengupta comes to this work. Boys don’t cry is a title of her recent drawing series. She will mainly talk about her practice and how she developed her language primarily surrounded by conventional art practice, and finally the way she explore that form into a broader aspect. Her talk will be supported by an audio-visual presentation of her works, followed by a discussion.

Born in 1987, Kolkota, India and Sengupta holds a B.V.A. 2011 (Painting), from the University of Calcutta, Kolkata, India and a M.F.A. 2013 (Painting) with distinction (Gold Medal), from the Maharaja Sayajirao University, Baroda, India. Since then she has been practicing her art and showing it together with Gallery Maskara, Mumbai, India. In her work, she uses traditional pictorial representation to push formal and aesthetic conventions producing new meaning by using wit and irony to explore gender identity and complexities in contemporary life.

Lunch will be served.

Sengupta will also lead an interactive art work on Wednesday, Dec. 7 at 3PM at SAI’s office in CGIS South, 4th Floor.

South Asia Institute Visiting Artist Program

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Mon, Dec 5, 2016 at 12:00pm

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Mon, Dec 5, 2016 at 01:30pm

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CGIS South, S153
Harvard University

ADDRESS
1730 Cambridge Street, Cambridge, MA 02138

1205 Meenakshi
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Wed, April 13, 2016 from 04:00pm - 05:30pm  /  CGIS Knafel, K050

Artist talk: White Butterfly

Art Seminar

Milan Rai, Visiting Artist, South Asia Institute Art Program

Chair: Jinah Kim, Assistant Professor of History of Art and Architecture, Harvard University

Rai’s White Butterfly project was a personal art installation that has grown with a global outreach for different community causes and concerns. It is a demonstration of how the role of art can take different turns when shared across social media, connecting people and communities to effect social change and awareness. From Scotland to Greece to New York to Africa over the past two years, many connections around the world have been established.

Those connections became an unexpected source of support and real change in rapid response to the earthquake disasters in Nepal this year, initiating funding projects for immediate relief to provide sanitation facilities, toilets rebuilding a school and relocating an entire village. In this talk, Rai will introduce The White Butterfly project to the faculty and students at Harvard in the form of a retrospective photographic exhibition, including an interactive presentation.

Rai’s work will be on display starting April 11 in the follow locations: SAI office on the 4th floor CGIS South, CGIS South lobby (1730 Cambridge Street), and CGIS Knafel Lobby (1737 Cambridge Street).

Learn more about Milan Rai.

 

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Wed, Apr 13, 2016 at 04:00pm

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Wed, Apr 13, 2016 at 05:30pm

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CGIS Knafel, K050

ADDRESS
1737 Cambridge Street, Cambridge, MA

0413 White Butterfuly 2
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Wed, March 30, 2016 from 04:00pm - 05:30pm  /  CGIS South, S030

Great Eternal Return: A Social Media Film

Arts Seminar

Paribartana MohantyVisiting Artist, South Asia Institute Arts Program

Chair: Namita DhariaLecturer in Anthropology, Harvard Faculty of Arts and Sciences 

The lecture-performance is part of Mohanty’s larger project ‘Act the Victim’ that engages with the images of crisis circulating on social media. It is based on a video excerpt of TV interview of Narendra Modi, then Chief Minister of Gujarat, that went viral on social media just before the 2014 General Elections in India. ‘Great Eternal Return’ will deal with the plethora of anonymous and mysterious images circulating on social media landscape, and traveling across geographical boundaries, contesting meanings and proposing misreadings. It will on one level study the shifting values of these obsessively parasitic images: their displacement, associations, propagandas, and investigate the processes of their creation and resurrection elsewhere. On the other hand, it will attempt to comprehend our encounters with these temporal images that continuously replace each other in an itinerant loop and become part of our collective memory, occupy our everyday conversations, public sphere, and our dreams.

Q+A: Visiting Artist Paribartana Mohanty

 

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Wed, Mar 30, 2016 at 04:00pm

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Wed, Mar 30, 2016 at 05:30pm

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CGIS South, S030
Harvard University

ADDRESS
1730 Cambridge Street
Cambridge MA 02138

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Thu, March 10, 2016 from 4:00 pm - 7:00 pm  /  Yenching Auditorium

Muzaffarnagar Baaqi Hai

Film Screening and Discussion

Nakul Singh Sawhney, Filmmaker 

Chair: Asad Ahmed, Associate Professor, Department of Anthropology, Harvard University

In September 2013, Muzaffarnagar and Shamli districts in the northern Indian state of Uttar Pradesh witnessed a pogrom against local Muslim residents. More than 100 were killed and over 80,000 displaced. This film explores the social, political, and economic dynamics in a region that has historically seen relative harmony between Hindus and Muslims. What happened this time? The film cuts across multiple facets of violence that right-wing nationalism has wrought in north India: ‘honor’ politics, gender violence, caste and class polarization under the umbrella of Hindu-ness or Hindutva. The film also shows how non-Hindutva parties in the region play along with such polarizing rhetoric in the hopes of electoral windfalls in their favor.

In the midst of this violence, the film also narrates a growing resistance in Muzaffarnagar and Shamli, where the story has yet to be played out. ‘What will be the fate of Muzaffarnagar, eventually?’

Sawhney graduated from the Film and Television Institute of India in 2006. His films focus on labor, gender, and caste issues in north India.

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Thu, Mar 10, 2016 at 4:00 pm

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Thu, Mar 10, 2016 at 7:00 pm

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Yenching Auditorium

ADDRESS
2 Divinity Avenue
Cambridge, MA 02138

0310 MBH Film FINAL
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Fri, February 19, 2016 at 12:15 pm  /  CGIS South, S153

Freedom and Fear in Myanmar

Modern Asia Seminar and Arts at SAI Seminar

Ian Holliday,Vice-President and Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Teaching and Learning), The University of Hong Kong

‘Altered State: Painting Myanmar in a time of transition,’ an exhibit of paintings will be on display Thursday, February 4 – Monday, February 22, 2016 in the Japan Friends of Harvard Concourse, 1730 Cambridge Street, Cambridge MA

Sponsored by the Asia Center and the South Asia Institute 

View the paintings here.

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Fri, Feb 19, 2016 at 12:15 pm

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Fri, Feb 19, 2016

VENUE
CGIS South, S153
Harvard University

ADDRESS
1730 Cambridge Street, Cambridge, MA 02138

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