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Mon, November 20, 2017 from 06:00pm - 09:00pm  /  Harvard Art Museum

Screening of Deepa Mehta’s “Earth”

Join us for a screening of Deepa Mehta’s Earth (1998; 110 min.), the third and final film in her acclaimed Elemental trilogy.

In this film, a young girl with polio, Lenny, narrates the story through the voice of her adult self. She is from a wealthy Parsi family who hopes to remain neutral to the rising tensions between Hindus, Sikhs, and Muslims in her neighborhood. She is adored and protected by her parents and is cared for by Shanta, her Ayah (maid). Shanta is part of a larger group of Hindu, Muslim, and Sikh friends who spend their days together in the park. With partition, however, this once- unified group of friends becomes divided and tragedy ensues.

Filmmaker Deepa Mehta will offer introductory remarks and will participate in a conversation with David Hamilton (producer of Deepa Mehta’s films); Jinah Kim (Gardner Cowles Associate Professor of History of Art and Architecture); and Durba Mitra (Carol K. Pforzheimer Assistant Professor at the Radcliffe Institute and Assistant Professor of Women, Gender, and Sexuality), after the film.

Deepa Mehta is an Oscar-nominated filmmaker whose work is celebrated on an international scale. Her emotionally resonating, award-winning films have played every major film festival, and many remain audience favorites. She is best known for her Elemental trilogy: EarthFire, and Water. Other films include Bollywood/HollywoodHeaven on Earth, and the epic adaptation of Salman Rushdie’s Booker Prize–winning novel, Midnight’s Children.

This screening is offered in conjunction with the installation Women in South Asian Art, on view in the University Teaching Gallery at the Harvard Art Museums through January 7, 2018. This installation complements Jinah Kim’s undergraduate course in Harvard’s Department of History of Art and Architecture. The course explores images of women in South Asian art, taking a historical perspective in order to understand the politics of gender and the social status of women in today’s South Asia.

The screening will take place in Menschel Hall, Lower Level. Please enter the museums via the entrance on Broadway.

Free admission

The first two installments in the Elemental trilogy, Water and Fire, were screened at the Harvard Art Museums on September 8 and 29, respectively.

Complimentary parking available in the Broadway Garage, 7 Felton Street, Cambridge.

Support for this program is provided by the Richard L. Menschel Endowment Fund.

Co-sponsored by Harvard Art Museums and Lakshmi Mittal South Asia Institute.

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Fri, October 20, 2017 from 02:00pm - 03:30pm  /  Harvard Art Museum

Sita Sings the Blues

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Harvard Art Museums32 Quincy Street
Cambridge MA

“I am enchanted. I am swept away. I am smiling from one end of the film to the other.”

This was film critic Roger Ebert’s reaction to Nina Paley’s Sita Sings the Blues (2008), an animated film that follows two parallel stories. The first is the ancient tale of Sita, the heroine of the Hindu mythological story of the Ramayana, and the second is the modern biographical tale of Nina, the filmmaker herself.

Originally a short that Paley expanded almost single-handedly into a feature film, Sita Sings the Blues incorporates multiple styles of animation: from the 18th-century tradition of Rajput painting and traditional Indian shadow puppets to modern vector graphic animation and lo-fi “squigglevision.” Each aspect comes together to unfold Paley’s retelling of the Ramayana in a form sympathetic to Sita, alongside the exploration of events from Paley’s own life. Paley’s take on the Ramayana was not uncontroversial; her shifting of the focus from Prince Rama to Sita drew strong reactions upon release. But ultimately, the film’s brightness, humor, color, and exuberance make it the perfect event to celebrate Diwali, the Hindu festival celebrating the victory of light, goodness, knowledge, and hope over darkness, evil, ignorance, and despair—aspirations that feel more pressing than ever at this particular moment.

The screening will take place in Menschel Hall, Lower Level. Please enter the museums via the entrance on Broadway.

Free admission

This screening is offered in conjunction with the installation “Women in South Asian Art,” on view in the University Teaching Gallery at the Harvard Art Museums through January 7, 2018. This installation complements Jinah Kim’s undergraduate course in Harvard’s Department of History of Art and Architecture. The course explores images of women in South Asian art, taking a historical perspective in order to understand the politics of gender and the social status of women in today’s South Asia.

Support for this program is provided by the Richard L. Menschel Endowment Fund.

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Sun, October 15, 2017 from 12:00pm - 06:00pm  /  Harvard Art Museum

Bollywood Screening at Harvard Art Museums

This Sunday, Oct 15, Harvard Art Museums will screen two landmark Indian films, Amar Akbar Anthony (1977) and Chak De! India (2007) – Free Admission.

The screening will take place in Menschel Hall, Lower Level. Please enter the museums via the entrance on Broadway.

12:05 pm Chak De! India
Directed by Shimit Amin and Rob Miller
(2007; 153 min.)

2:50 pm 15 Minute Intermission

3:05 PM Amar Akbar Anthony
Directed by Manmohan Desai
(1977; 183 min.)

https://www.harvardartmuseums.org/…/cale…/bollywood-film-day

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Sat, August 26, 2017 - Sun, January 7, 2018  /  Harvard Art Museum

Exhibition: Women in South Asian Art


University Teaching Gallery, Harvard Art Museums

Drawn from the Harvard Art Museums’ renowned South Asian art collection, this University Teaching Gallery installation complements an undergraduate course exploring images of women in South Asian art; the course takes a historical perspective in order to understand the politics of gender and the social status of women in today’s South Asia. In addition to historical examples of female patronage and representations of goddesses, the installation includes a group of objects portraying women as active agents—a lady chasing a cat, for example, or a rare depiction of a female artist. A small group of erotic images invites viewers to consider the relationship between erotic science and the Indic attitude toward the body, in which sexuality and virility are auspicious forces.
The installation’s related course (HAA 183W) is taught by Jinah Kim, the Gardner Cowles Associate Professor of History of Art and Architecture at Harvard University. The University Teaching Gallery serves faculty and students affiliated with Harvard’s Department of History of Art and Architecture. Semester-long installations are mounted in conjunction with undergraduate and graduate courses, supporting instruction in the critical analysis of art and making unique selections from the museums’ collections available to all visitors.
Find more information at the Harvard Art Museums’ Website. 

This installation is made possible in part by funding from the Gurel Student Exhibition Fund and the José Soriano Fund. Modern and contemporary art programs at the Harvard Art Museums are made possible in part by generous support from the Emily Rauh Pulitzer and Joseph Pulitzer, Jr., Fund for Modern and Contemporary Art.

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