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  • From Craftsmanship to Commercial Art: The New Vocations of Design in Late Colonial India

    Until 6:30 pm | 09/28/2018

    Join us for a talk by Tapati Guha-Thakurta, Director and Professor in History, Centre for Studies in Social Sciences, Calcutta.

    Moderated by Atreyee Gupta, Assistant Professor of South Asian Art, Department of History of Art, UC Berkeley.

    Sponsored by Institute for South Asia Studies, Sarah Kailath Chair of India Studies, Department of History of Art Stoddard Lecture Series, South Asia Art Initiative.

    The event is FREE and OPEN to the public.

    For DIRECTIONS to the Institute please enter "Institute for South Asia Studies" in your google maps or click this GOOGLE MAPS LINK.

    Abstract
    Positioning itself in the early decades of the 20th century in Bengal, the lecture will track a critical transition in the vocation of ‘design’ in colonial India from the realm of handicrafts and the artisanal arts to a new social space of middle class training and practice. It will reflect on the way the skills of designing comes to occupy a new median space between those of ‘fine arts’ and ‘crafts’ within the structures of art pedagogy, and the way a new figure of the professional designer emerges in these years in the early guise of the commercial artist. With a focus on the new “Art in Industry” movement in Calcutta of the 1940s, that served as the country’s pioneering corporate forum for the promotion of commercial design, the lecture will look back at two main trends – (i) the discursive shift from the 19th century category of the “industrial/decorative arts” that dominated the colonial Indian art administration to the new livelihoods of modern graphic and commercial art that are nurtured by the Government School of Art, Calcutta during the 1920s and 30s (ii) the negotiations between the traditional aesthetics of the ‘ornamental’ and the new aesthetics of the ‘modern’ that shapes the art of design and advertising in mid 20th century Bengal.

    Speaker Bio
    Tapati Guha-Thakurta is Professor in History and was the Director of the Centre for Studies in Social Sciences, Calcutta (CSSSC) from 2012 to 2017. Her two main books are The Making of a New 'Indian' Art: Artists, Aesthetics and Nationalism in Bengal (Cambridge University Press, 1992) and Monuments, Objects, Histories: Institutions of Art in Colonial and Postcolonial India (Columbia University Press, and Permanent Black, 2004). She is also the author of several exhibition monographs – among them, Visual Worlds of Modern Bengal: An introduction to the documentation archive of the Centre for Studies in Social Sciences, Calcutta (Seagull, Kolkata, 2002), The Aesthetics of the Popular Print: Lithographs and Oleographs from 19th and 20th Century India (Birla Academy of Art and Culture, Kolkata, 2006), The City in the Archive: Calcutta’s Visual Histories (Calcutta: CSSSC, 2011). She has co-edited two anthologies of essays – Theorising the Present: Essays for Partha Chatterjee (Delhi: OUP, 2011) and New Cultural Histories of India: Materiality and Practices (Delhi: OUP, 2013). Her latest book is titled, In the Name of the Goddess: The Durga Pujas of Contemporary Kolkata (Delhi: Primus Books, 2015).

    Event made possible with the support of the Sarah Kailath Chair of India Studies

    Event Contact: isas@berkeley.edu, 510-642-3608

  • Graduate Student Professionalization Workshop Series, 2018-19

    Until 2:00 pm | 10/17/2018

    Publishing
    Speakers: Patricia Berger and Justin Underhill
    Wednesday, October 17, 2018, 1:00-2:00, 308A Doe

     

    **Brown Bag event. Light refreshments will be provided**

  • Graduate Student Professionalization Workshop Series, 2018-19

    Until 2:00 pm | 03/13/2019

    Postdoctoral Fellowships and the Tenure Track Market
    Speakers: Gregory Levine and Lauren Kroiz
    Wednesday, March 13, 2019, 1:00-2:00, 308A Doe

     

    **Brown Bag event. Light refreshments will be provided**

  • Stoddard Lecture Spring 2019

    Until 7:00 pm | 03/19/2019

    Thelma K. Thomas

    The Department is pleased to announce that Thelma K. Thomas, New York University Institute of Fine Arts, will be the Stoddard Lecturer in spring 2019. Please check this page again for details. (Please note that the time is tentative.)

  • Stoddard Seminar Spring 2019

    Until 2:00 pm | 03/20/2019

    Thelma K. Thomas

    The Department is pleased to announce that Thelma K. Thomas, New York University Institute of Fine Arts, will present the Stoddard Seminar in spring 2019. Attendance is open to UC Berkeley History of Art Department students, faculty, staff, and invited guests. Please check this page again for more details.  

  • The 2019 Berkeley/Stanford Symposium at SFMOMA- Save the Date!

    The thrid Berkeley/Stanford Symposium will be on April 13, 2019. 

    The Berkeley/Stanford Symposium is an annual gathering of emerging voices in the arts. Organized collaboratively by graduate students in Art History at both Stanford and UC Berkeley, the symposia are open to graduate students in all fields and young members of the wider community of visual culture, including artists, designers, museum professionals, and writers.

    Details and RSVP information will be announced when available, check back soon!

  • Yinka Shonibare MBE, The British Library [detail], 2014.

    British Art and the Global

    Until 5:45 pm | 09/18/2018

    What is the role of art history in the Brexit era? In the wake of the UK’s decision to leave the European Union, the history of Britain’s relationships with the rest of the world takes on renewed significance. This conference explores how art history today can shed light on the history of Britain’s interaction with other countries and cultures. Papers illuminate global contexts for the history of British art by considering works of art as sites and tools of international cooperation, conflict, and exchange.

    Keynote speakers: Tim Barringer (Yale University); Dorothy Price (University of Bristol); and Mary Roberts (University of Sydney).

    Speakers:
    Jocelyn Anderson (University of Toronto)
    Alexander Bigman (Institute of Fine Arts at New York University)
    Julie Codell (Arizona State University)
    Jackson Davidow (MIT)
    Nika Elder (American University)
    Douglas Fordham (University of Virginia)
    Richard Johns (University of York)
    Sayantan Mukhopadhyay (University of California, Los Angeles)
    Eleonora Pistis (Columbia University)
    Catherine Roach (Virginia Commonwealth University)
    Sam Rose (University of St Andrews)
    Jiyi Ryu (University of York)
    Margaret Schmitz (Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design)
    Catherine Spencer (University of St Andrews)
     

    This two-day, international conference is co-organized by Imogen Hart (History of Art Department, UC Berkeley) and David Peters Corbett (Courtauld Institute of Art, London).

    The event is co-sponsored by the Center for British Studies, the History of Art Department, and the Townsend Center for the Humanities at the University of California, Berkeley, and the Centre for American Art at the Courtauld Institute of Art.

    Advance registration has now closed. Limited seats may be available on the day but space cannot be guaranteed.

    View the program here.

    View abstracts of the conference papers here.

     

    NOTE: On Sunday, September 16, the day before the conference, the Legion of Honor Museum will host a panel conversation on "British Art in a Global Context" in connection with their current exhibition Truth and Beauty: The Pre-Raphaelites and the Old Masters.

  • Multilingual and Multimedia Translation in Qing China

    Until 5:00 pm | 06/02/2018

    During the Qing dynasty, the Qianlong emperor and his court engaged in a broad range of linguistic and metaphorical translations integral to their statecraft. Just as production of texts in different languages became cultural and territorial markers of the Qing imperial identity, so too did command of materials, technologies, styles and forms become signifiers of the all-encompassing history and geography of the empire. This two-day workshop brings together specialists whose work focuses on different aspects of Qing translation to explore parallels, crossovers, and distinctions between processes of literary, artistic, and technological translation. By examining the multilingual production of texts, the replication of objects in multiple mediums, and the creative adaptations of artistic forms as manifestations of a shared enterprise, this workshop aims to provide a forum for rethinking the culture and politics of the Qing imperium.

    Speakers include: Brian Baumann (UC Berkeley), Patricia Berger (UC Berkeley), Wen-shing Chou, (Hunter College, CUNY), Rae Dachille (University of Arizona), Nancy Lin (UC Berkeley), Ellen Huang (Stanford University), Yuhang Li (University of Wisconsin, Madison), Mårten Söderblom Saarela (Max Planck Institute for the History of Science), Weirong Shen (Qinghua University), Jon Soriano (UC Berkeley), Sophie Volpp (UC Berkeley), Yulian Wu (Michigan State University), Yajing Zhang (Palace Museum, Beijing).

    Organized by Patricia Berger (UC Berkeley), Nancy Lin (UC Berkeley) and Wen-shing Chou (Hunter College, CUNY).

    Sponsored by the History of Art Department at the University of California, Berkeley.

  • Folio form the Palam Bhagavata Purana, ca. 1520–40. Repository: Minneapolis Institute of Art

    Eco Art History: Genealogies, Methodologies, Practices, Horizons

    Until 5:00 pm | 05/05/2018

    Nuclear disasters. Acid rain. The mass extinction of animal and plant species. The devastating environmental crisis that the planet faces today has fundamentally transformed the way we perceive human interaction with the natural environment. New forms of thinking such as postcolonial ecophilosophy, actor-network theory, new materialisms, evolutionary-developmental aesthetics, and posthumanism have challenged Enlightenment distinctions between natural and human history. Can art history, a discipline primarily engaged in the study of human creativity, also breach the natural/human history binary? What would such a history of art and architecture look like? Inescapably located in deep time, the ecological is omnidirectional and rhizomatic in its scalarity. Therefore, rather than focusing on specific sites or temporal periods, the conference seeks to explore the interconnected ecologies of planetary systems and art and architecture practices across a longue durée. It aims to bring forth the genealogies, methodologies, practices, and horizons of ecologically-oriented art, architecture, and visual histories.


    Sponsors: University of California Humanities Research Institute; Institute of International Studies; Department of History of Art; Institute for South Asia Studies, University of California, Berkeley.


    Speakers: Lamia Balafrej (University of California, Los Angeles), Elisabeth de Bièvre (University of East Anglia), Whitney Davis (University of California, Berkeley), Natasha Eaton (University College London), Anthony Grudin (University of Vermont), Meredith Hoy (Arizona State University), Monica Juneja (Universität Heidelberg), Riad Kherdeen (University of California, Berkeley), Gregory Levine (University of California, Berkeley), Ramón De Santiago (University of California, Berkeley), Shivani Sud (University of California, Berkeley), Sugata Ray (University of California, Berkeley), Ivonne del Valle (University of California, Berkeley).

    Organizers: Sugata Ray and Whitney Davis, Department of History of Art, University of California, Berkeley.

    For conference program and paper abstracts see here.
     

     

  • Rembrandt and the Mughals

    Until 2:30 pm | 04/30/2018

    Dr. Stephanie Schrader, Curator, Department of Drawings, J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles

    Stephanie Schrader will address the 23 drawings Rembrandt made late in his career after Indian paintings that were imported into Amsterdam from Dutch trading post in Surat. Rembrandt’s portraits of Mughal rulers, princes, and courtiers demonstrate how his contact with Indian art inspired him to draw in a different style on Asian paper. Schrader argues that the Mughal compositions Rembrandt copied were not merely foreign curiosities, but carried with them specific associations of empire, trade, luxury, and exceptional artifice.
    A reception will follow the talk.

    Speaker Bio: Stephanie Schrader is curator at the Department of Drawings at the J. Paul Getty Museum, specialising in 16th to 18th century Dutch and Flemish art. Her interest in cross cultural exchanges include exhibitions, publications, lectures and classes on artists including Jan Gossaert, Maria Sibylla Merian and Peter Paul Rubens.

    Sponsors: Department of History of Art Stoddard Lecture Series, Institute for South Asia Studies, Sarah Kailath Chair of India Studies, Department of History of Art.

  • South Asian Art | Past, Present, Future: A Conversation between the Dhaka Art Summit founders, Nadia and Rajeeb Samdani and New York-based Artist, Chitra Ganesh

    Until 7:30 pm | 04/27/2018

    Panel Discussion with Nadia Samdani, Rajeeb Samdani and Chitra Ganesh

    Nadia and Rajeeb Samdani are the founders of The Samdani Art Foundation, a private foundation based in Dhaka that aims to increase artistic engagement between Bangladesh and the rest of the world and produces the Dhaka Art Summit. Nadia and Rajeeb Samdani will discuss their vision for the Dhaka Art Summit, an international, non-commercial research and exhibition platform for art and architecture related to South Asia. Founded in 2012 by the Samdani Art Foundation in collaboration with the Ministry of Cultural Affairs, People’s Republic of Bangladesh, DAS is hosted every two years at the Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy. Nadia and Rajeeb Samdani were recognized as the world's Top 100 Art Collectors by ArtNet News and received the Montblanc de la Culture Arts Patronage award in 2017.

    Chitra Ganesh is a visual artist based in New York. Ganesh’s work across media includes charcoal drawings, digital collages, films, web projects, photographs, and wall murals. Ganesh’s work has been widely exhibited, including at the PS 1/MOMA, Berkeley Art Museum, Fondazione Sandretto, MOCA Shanghai, and the Dhaka Art Summit. She has been named Robina Foundation Fellow for Arts and Human rights at Yale University Law School, the Estelle Lebowitz Endowed Visiting Artist, and Artist-in- Residence at New York University’s Asian/Pacific/American Studies Program.

    Sponsors: The Subir and Malini Chowdhury Center for Bangladesh Studies, Institute for South Asia Studies, Department of History of Art, Department of Art Practice, South Asia Art Initiative.

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