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Bay Area Conversations: The Arts of South Asia and its Diasporas

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Allan deSouza, Borough Boogie Woogie, 2017, digital print, 24" x 36". Courtesy of Talwar Gallery, NY and New Delhi

4:30 pm | 10/26/2018 | 10 Stephens Hall, UC Berkeley | Until 2:00 am | 10/27/2018


Join us for a day of conversations at the Institute for South Asia Studies with art historians, curators and artists in the Bay Area.

9:30: I N T R O D U C T I O N S
Allan deSouza, Department of Art Practice, University of California, Berkeley

10:00-11:00: M O B I L I T Y
Chair: Ramón De Santiago, University of California, Berkeley
Deborah Stein, Independent Scholar and Curator, Swings, Ships, and Camel Motels: When 15th-century Architecture is Thought in Mandu, Malwa
Talinn Grigor, University of California, Davis, Ancient Iran in Bombay
Padma Maitland, Cantor Arts Center, Stanford University, Gandhi Superstar
Usha Iyer, Stanford University, Histories of the Ephemeral: Producing a Narrative of Film Dance through Song Booklets
Asma Kazmi, University of California, Berkeley, Cranes and Cube and Some Other Works

11:30-12:30: D W E L L I N G
Chair: Melissa Carlson, University of California, Berkeley
Aditi Chandra, University of California, Merced, Unruly Monuments: Disrupting the State through Delhi’s Islamic Architecture
Pallavi Sharma, California College of the Arts, A Traveling Tale: My Recent body of Work
Qamar Adamjee, Asian Art Museum, The Art of Sitting: Re-looking at Indian Paintings
Mary-Ann Milford-Lutzker, Mills College, Home is a Foreign Place
Sugata Ray, University of California, Berkeley, Ecoaesthetics: On how to Live with Sentient Plants

1:30-2:30: F U T U R I T Y
Chair: Leena Joshi, University of California, Berkeley
Zulfikar Ali Bhutto, Artist, Heterosexual Hubris
Jisha Menon, Stanford University, Building Bangalore, and the Poetics of Dwelling in Sheela Gowda’s Artworks
Shalini Agrawal, California College of the Arts; Pathways to Equity, Diversity and Equity in Community-based Practice
Debashish Banerji, California Institute of Integral Studies, Title tbd
Sita K. Bhaumik, California College of the Arts, The Places Where the Answers Were
Atreyee Gupta, University of California, Berkeley, Untitled

3:00-4:00: C U R A T I N G
Forrest McGill, Asian Art Museum, Cosmic and Earthly Dance in the Arts of India and Its Neighbors
Cho Rao, Independent Art & Museum Consultant, Emerging Art Center: Delhi
Karin G. Oen, Asian Art Museum, Forming and Reforming: Contemporary Art at the Asian
John Zarobell, University of San Francisco, Emerging Megacities in South Asia
Kathy Zarur, California College of the Arts, About Place

4:00-4:45: Reception

5:00 -7:00: B O O K T A L K – 120 Kroeber Hall
How Art Can Be Thought: A Handbook for Change 
Author: Allan deSouza
Respondent: Asma Kazmi, Department of Art Practice, University of California, Berkeley
Respondent: Atreyee Gupta, History of Art Department, University of California, Berkeley
Moderator: Sugata Ray, History of Art Department, University of California, Berkeley

The South Asia Art Initiative, inaugurated in Spring 2018, is the culmination of a comprehensive art program, built over the past several years, that promoted conversation around the visual cultures of South Asia through talks, conferences, and exhibitions. The goal of the Initiative is to move onto the next level with local, national, and international collaborations that combine creative energies with insights drawn from scholarly research.

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