Symposium: After Midnight: Indian Modern and Contemporary Visual Art, 1947/1997

Asian/Pacific/American Institute at NYU:

After Midnight: Indian Modern and Contemporary Visual Art, 1947/1997

Presented in collaboration with the Queens Museum of Art
Organized by Dr. Arshiya Lokhandwala

Friday, October 26-Saturday, October 27, 2012

Asian/Pacific/American Institute at NYU
8 Washington Mews

The symposium is the precursor to an exhibition on modern and contemporary Indian art curated by Dr. Arshiya Lokhandwala and scheduled to open at the Queens Museum of Art in 2014-2015. The symposium aims to provide a forum to contemplate and compare two critical moments of Indian history. First, the period immediately following Indian independence in 1947, which saw the rise of the Progressive Artists Group, self-declared ‘moderns’ of Indian art. Second, the 1990s when works of Indian artists started to achieved visibility internationally.

The symposium will examine these two moments in a jump-cut: modern/progressive and global/contemporary. It will also draw from the interim space the sustained questions about modernity and globalization viewed from multiple perspectives, as opposed to western narratives, in the regions of Africa, East Asia, and Latin America.

Participants include: Rakhee Balaram (Washington University, St. Louis), Rina Banerjee (artist), Rebecca Brown (John Hopkins University), Akeel Bilgrami (Columbia University), Luis Camnitzer (SUNY Old Westbury, artist), Doryun Chong (MoMA), Iftikhar Dadi (Cornell University), Parul Dave-Mukherji (Jawaharlal Nehru University), Salah Hassan (Cornell University), Geeta Kapur (art historian/curator), Arshiya Lokhandwala (Lakeerein Gallery), Saloni Mathur (UCLA), Naeem Mohaiemen (artist, activist), Ajay Sinha (Mount Holyoke College), Shuddhabrata Sengupta (Raqs Media Collective), and Vidya Shivadas (Vadehra Art Gallery).

After Midnight is free and open to public. Seating is limited. Please RSVP to

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