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  • Atreyee Gupta

    Assistant Professor

    Global Modern Art; Modern and Contemporary South and Southeast Asian Art

    Ph.D., University of Minnesota, 2011
    B.A., Maharaja Sayajirao University of Baroda, Vadodara, 2002

  • Bio

    Atreyee Gupta’s area of specialization is global modernisms and contemporary art, with a special emphasis on South and Southeast Asia and its diasporas. Her research and teaching interests cluster around visual and intellectual histories of twentieth-century art; the intersections among the Cold War, the Non-Aligned Movement, and art after 1945; new media and experimental cinema; and the question of the global more broadly.

    Gupta is presently completing Non-Aligned: Decolonization, Modernism, and the Third World Project, India ca. 1930–1960, a book on the artistic and intellectual resonances of the Non-Aligned Movement during the Cold War era and the interwar anti-colonial Afro-Asian networks that preceded it. Her coedited books include Postwar – A Global Art History, 1945–1965 (with Okwui Enwezor) and Global Modernism/s: Infrastructures of Contiguities, ca. 1905–1965 (with Hannah Baader and Patrick Flores). The former emerges from the international conference, Postwar - Art between the Pacific and the Atlantic, 1945–1965, co-convened at Haus der Kunst, Munich with Enwezor and Ulrich Wilmes. The latter emerges from the international conference Global Modernisms: Contiguities, Infrastructures, and Aesthetic Practices, which she co-convened at Haus der Kulturen der Welt (House of World Culture) in Berlin with Baader and Flores. Gupta’s essays have appeared in edited volumes, exhibition catalogs, and journals such as Yishu, Art Journal, and Third Text.

    Her research has been supported by the Social Science Research Council, New York; the Getty Research Institute, Los Angeles; the Goethe Institut and Haus der Kunst, Munich; and, more recently, the Art Histories and Aesthetic Practices at Forum Transregionale Studien, Berlin, an initiative of the Kunsthistorisches Institut Florenz, Max-Planck-Institut. Before coming to Berkeley in 2017, Atreyee Gupta was the Jane Emison Assistant Curator of South and Southeast Asian Art at the Minneapolis Institute of Art.

  • Select publications

     “Dwelling in Abstraction: Post-Partition Segues into Postwar Art,” To Draw the Line: Partitions, Dissonance, Art – A Case for South Asia, Third Text 31, no. 2-3 (2017): 433–57.

    “After Bandung: Transacting the Nation in a Postcolonial World,” Postwar – Art between the Pacific and Atlantic 1945 – 1965, Exh. Cat., Haus der Kunst, Munich, 2016, 632–37. Munich: Prestel Verlag, 2016.

    “The Global, The Local, The Contemporary, The Collaborative,” in Rethinking Place in South Asian and Islamic Art, 1500–Present, edited by Deborah S. Hutton and Rebecca M. Brown, 78–93. London and New York: Routledge, 2016.

    “Belatedness and Simultaneity: A Short History of Photography from India,” Postdate: Photography and Inherited History in India, Exh. Cat., San Jose Museum of Art, 2015, 24–35. Berkeley: University of California Press, 2015.

    “Kitchen Conversations,” Prajakta Potnis: Store in a Cool and Dry Place, Exh. Cat., Künstlerhaus Bethanien, Berlin, 2014, 52–57. Bönen: Verlag Kettler, 2014.

    “Ghar Pe/At Home in the Margins of Contemporary Art,” Yishu: Journal of Contemporary Chinese Art 13, no. 2 (March/April 2014): 53–61.

    “Modern and Contemporary Art of South Asia,” in Oxford Bibliographies in Art History, edited by Thomas DaCosta Kaufmann. New York: Oxford University Press, 2014.
    Available from Oxford Bibliographies.

    “In a Post-colonial Diction: Postwar Abstraction as Aesthetics of Modernization,” Art Journal 72, no. 3 (Fall 2013): 30–47.

    “Is Art History Global? Responding from the Margins,” in Is Art History Global? edited by James Elkins, 348–57. New York: Routledge, 2007. (Coauthored with Sugata Ray)


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