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12:00 am | 11/20/2019 | Geballe Room, 220 Stephens Hall | Until 1:00 pm | 11/20/2019

Sugata Ray in conversation with Whitney Davis

In the enchanted world of Braj, the primary pilgrimage center in north India for worshippers of Krishna, each stone, river, and tree is considered sacred. In Climate Change and the Art of Devotion (Washington, 2019), Sugata Ray (History of Art) shows how this place-centered theology emerged in the wake of the Little Ice Age (ca. 1550-1850), an epoch marked by climatic catastrophes across the globe. In a major contribution to the emerging field of eco-art history, Ray compares early modern conceptions of the environment and current assumptions about nature and culture. Examining architecture, paintings, photography, and prints created in Braj alongside theological treatises and devotional poetry, he explores seepages between the natural ecosystem and cultural production. After a brief conversation about the book, they open the floor for discussion.

11:00 am | 10/24/2019 | 308A Doe Library, UC Berkeley | Until 4:00 pm | 10/24/2019

Rileigh Clarke, Chris Hallett, Claire Lyons, Lisa C. Pieraccini, Sofie Heiberg Plovdrup

The History of Art Department and the Del Chiaro Center at UC Berkeley are delighted to present a workshop featuring Etruscan Identities: Image and Imagination. 

11:00 Welcome and Introduction

11:30 Rileigh Clarke, Student, History of Art, UC Berkeley – Reflections on Etruscan Mirrors at the Phoebe A. Hearst Museum

11:50 Sofie Heiberg Plovdrup, Ph.D. candidate, University of Copenhagen
When the Etruscans and Romans ‘Faced’ Each Other

Light Refreshments

1:00 Claire Lyons, Curator of Antiquities, J. Paul Getty Museum—Image and Identity on Funerary Furniture in Central Italy

1:45 Chris Hallett, Professor of Roman Art, History of Art & Classics, UC Berkeley—The Etruscans in the Roman Imagination

2:45 Lisa Pieraccini, Adjunct Associate Professor of Etruscan Art, History of Art, UC Berkeley—Etruscan Identities: Images and Perceptions

5:00 pm | 10/9/2019 | 10 Stephens Hall, UC Berkeley | Until 7:00 pm | 10/9/2019

Speaker: Raj Rewal, Architect. Moderators: Andrew Shanken, Professor of Architecture and Acting Vice-Chair for Faculty, College of Environmental Design; Atreyee Gupta, Assistant Professor of Global Modern Art and South and Southeast Asian


Sponsors: Institute for South Asia StudiesSarah Kailath Chair of India StudiesSouth Asia Art Initiative, Department of History of Art, College of Environmental DesignGlobal Urban Humanities

Raj Rewal’s talk will reference space, structures and sustainability with examples from traditional values that have inspired him and which have relevance to our times.
SPACE: How to reconcile modern rationalism with typologies abstracted from the past to create spaces which link the buildings based on climate and culture Jaisalmer in India, Toledo in Spain, Sienna in Italy are great examples which have inspired my works like Asian games village and National Institute of Immunology.
STRUCTURES: Screens in stone lattice with geometrical perforations are an important feature of Indian architecture with similar examples in Alhambra which have led me to new structural solutions for Lisbon Ismaili Centre, Exhibition complex in Delhi and steel rooftop of the Library for the Indian Parliament.
SUSTAINABILITY: In our new projects we are harnessing solar energy in an innovative way to integrate it as a design element on a vast scale. The design for the Visual Arts Institutional Ca... [show more]

5:00 pm | 9/12/2019 | 308A Doe Library, UC Berkeley | Until 7:00 pm | 9/12/2019

Rizvana Bradley, Professor of History of Art and African American Studies, Yale University

This talk explores the way visual art archives generate surplus material that work to both construct and interrogate an image of the human. The talk opens by revisiting Saidiya Hartman’s central query from the essay, “Venus in Two Acts” (2008). There, Hartman asks: “What are the stories one tells in dark times?” At stake is the role of art in the valuation of human life, and, in contradistinction – if perhaps unconsciously – the revaluation of the human. Central to the talk is a consideration of the way art’s frequent aestheticization of suffering is bound up with a manipulation of formal concerns that appear medium specific. Bringing Hartman’s question to bear on material from film, photography, painting, and other media, I explore whether art’s dark return to the archive of colonialism ensures a dangerous form of epistemological closure, so that to see and to know the history of the colonized is to violently repeat the biopolitical reduction of the colonized to specific signatures of dispossession.

Rizvana Bradley is Assistant Professor of the History of Art and African-American Studies at Yale.  

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5:00 pm | 9/10/2019 | 10 Stephens Hall, UC Berkeley | Until 5:00 pm | 9/10/2019

Speaker: Omar Khan, Author, Distinguished scholar, & San Francisco based historian. Moderator: Asma Kazmi, Assistant Professor, Department of Art Practice.

Sponsors: Institute for South Asia Studies, Sarah Kailath Chair of India Studies, South Asia Art Initiative, Department of History of Art, Department of Comparative Literature, Department of Art Practice.

A presentation by distinguished scholar and San Francisco based historian, Omar Khan, on his new publication Paper Jewels: Postcards from the Raj, a visual tour of India, Pakistan and Sri Lanka through 500 vintage postcards (1892 to 1947).

About the Book: Postcards were the Instagram of their age. The world went from thousands to billions of image postcards exchanged in a handful of years; they were the beginning of the “picture-mad” age we live in today. They were the first color images of the world circulated on a mass stage, and are increasingly being seen by scholars as a unique window into the past, depicting things in contexts absent in other mediums like photography. Paper Jewels, the book and slide talk, are about how these images developed and took root in India, from the first India-themed postcards as early as 1892, through their role in the Independence struggle through 1947. It uncovers the earliest “Greetings from India” postcards in the late 1890s, suc... [show more]

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