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Modern & Contemporary Art from India: The Roots of Modernism in India–From Indigenous to British (And Back)

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Modern & Contemporary Art from India: The Roots of Modernism in India–From Indigenous to British (And Back)

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Saturday, August 28
10:00 a.m.–noon PT
Speaker: Betty Seid, independent curator, writer, and lecturer


Join the South Asian Arts Council for a four-part series on Modern & Contemporary Art from India. The first in the series shares The Roots of Modernism in India: From Indigenous to British (And Back).

Just as European Modernism was a breaking away from the past, so too was India’s a reaction to the art that preceded it. The 19th-century fertile ground against which modern India reacted was characterized by two major factors: indigenous art (commonly called “folk art”) and picturesque documentary works commissioned by the British (known as “Company School Paintings”). We will begin this series with an immersion into the visual milieu that influenced (in both positive and negative ways) Indian artists as they struggled to be both Indian and Modern.

Betty Seid is an independent curator, writer, and lecturer. She was previously Research Associate and Exhibition Coordinator for South Asian Art in the Department of Asian Art of The Art Institute of Chicago. Her exhibition (and catalog) New Narratives: Contemporary Art from India was the first to show 21st-century Indian art in the United States.


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Free for active South Asian Arts Council (renewed for 2021-2022) and SDMA members | $5 for all others


Sponsored by the South Asian Arts Council.

Featured: Patua painting. Untitled. n.d. | Attributed to Sheikh Muhammad Amir of Karraya. Cloth Seller. c. 1840


August 28, 2021
10:00 am - 12:00 pm
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