SAP Seminar Series -- Worldly Affiliations: Artistic Practice, National Identity and Modernism in India, 1930-1990 by Sonal Khullar

Monday, April 11, 2016 at 12:15pm to 1:10pm

Uris Hall, G08
Central Campus

South Asia Program (SAP) guest Sonal Khullar will discuss her newly published book, Worldly Affiliations: Artistic Practice, National Identity and Modernism in India, 1930-1990, in the context of new global histories of modernism and recent exhibitions of contemporary art from India. Drawing on Edward Said’s notion of affiliation as a critical and cultural imperative against empire and nation-state, this book traces the emergence of a national art world in twentieth-century India and emphasizes its cosmopolitan ambitions and orientations. It focuses on four major Indian artists –Amrita Sher-Gil, Maqbool Fida Husain, K. G. Subramanyan, and Bhupen Khakhar—whose careers reveal a distinctive trajectory of modernism in the visual arts in India that is foundational to the representational practices of the present. Khullar analyzes the shifting terms of Indian artists’ engagement with the West –an urgent yet fraught project in the wake of British colonialism—and to a lesser extent with African and Latin American cultural movements like Négritude and Mexican muralism. Such cross-cultural negotiations were by no means exclusive to the artists of this study, but were the structural conditions for modernism in twentieth-century India.

Biography: Sonal Khullar is Associate Professor of South Asian Art at the University of Washington, Seattle. She is the author of Worldly Affiliations: Artistic Practice, National Identity and Modernism in India, 1930-1990 (University of California Press, 2015). Her research interests include global histories of modern and contemporary art, feminist theory, and postcolonial studies.

Event Type

Lecture

Departments

Mario Einaudi Center for International Studies, South Asia Program

Tags

art, India, South Asia, visual arts, South Asia Program, modernism, National Identity, Sonal Khullar

Contact E-Mail

durgabor@cornell.edu

Contact Name

Durga Bor

Contact Phone

607-255-8493

Speaker

Sonal Khullar

Speaker Affiliation

Department of Art University of Washington

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