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"Exhibiting Mohamedi/Frames of Reference," by Brinda Kumar, CMSP Seminar Series

Thursday, March 29, 2018 at 4:30pm to 6:00pm

Morrill Hall, 404

This talk focuses on the career of the Indian artist Nasreen Mohamedi (1937-1990),  whose practice allows us to interrogate assumptions about Islam, Indian identity, and abstraction. Little-known during her lifetime, Mohamedi’s work has garnered increasing attention in recent years. A notable manifestation of this growing interest was the 2015-2016 museum retrospective of the artist’s work at Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía, Madrid and The Met Breuer, New York. The exhibition considered the career of an artist who practiced a singular and sustained engagement with abstraction, and grappled with the challenges of situating this practice within her personal history and also larger aesthetic, geographic, and cultural frameworks. In her particular relationship to Partition, Islam, modernism and politics Mohamedi stood apart from many of her contemporaries. "Exhibiting Mohamedi | Frames of Reference" reflects on the negotiation of narratives of difference and affinities in the presentation of the artist’s oeuvre.

Brinda Kumar is Assistant Curator, Department of Modern and Contemporary Art Metropolitan Museum of Art, NYC

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Mario Einaudi Center for International Studies, Asian Studies, Comparative Muslim Societies Program, Global Cornell, South Asia Program, Johnson Museum of Art, Art, History of Art and Visual Studies

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Eric Tagliacozzo


Brinda Kumar

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Assistant Curator, Department of Modern and Contemporary Art Metropolitan Museum of Art, NYC

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Wheelchair accessible

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Free and Open to the public

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