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Somberikatte | Re-Look: Lectures on Indian Art

May 5, 2017

Somberikatte

Re-Look: Lectures on Indian Art
Curated by Pushpamala N.

This series of lectures presents exciting new research from the areas of art history, recent art practice and visual anthropology on India, each for the first time in Bengaluru. Distinguished art historians and scholars are invited to give illustrated papers on their recent work and interests. The lectures take place at the popular artist space 1. Shanthi Road Studio / Gallery, situated in the heart of the city.

#Somberikatte: Somberikatte is a Kannada word meaning idler’s platform- usually the platform around a large tree where people gather to gossip and exchange news. It is a fictional institution, sometimes a forum, sometimes a film production company or the name of a photo studio, used by the artist Pushpamala N. In 1998-99, soon after moving back to Bengaluru, she held a series of seminars in her studio with three eminent speakers presenting papers in each. The series was called The Idea of the Folk and explored the notions of the folk as subaltern, as common people, authentic people, the nation, in the areas of film, art, architecture, environment, technology and law.

The Re-Look lectures on art were started in April 2010.

1.Shanthiroad Studio / Gallery: 1.Shanthi Road, Bengaluru, is an art space founded by Suresh Jayaram that nurtures creativity and cutting edge art practice, situated in the centre of the city. The Studio/Gallery at 1.Shanthi Road provides space for slide lectures, small conferences, installations, performances, screenings and informal gatherings. It is administered by a not- for- profit trust VAC –Visual Art Collective. Since its inception in 2003 1Shanthiroad has grown to house artists from diverse countries in its residency programmes.
http://www.1shanthiroad.com

The RE-LOOK lecture series is conceived and programmed by Pushpamala N, funded by Somberikatte, and hosted by 1.Shanthi Road.

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LECTURE SERIES

2010

RE-LOOK 1 – Sunday 18 April 2010, 6.30 pm
“Hybrid Cultures: A Case Study of the Painted Photograph in India, 1850-1900”
Rahaab Allana, Curator, Alkazi Foundation for the Arts, New Delhi.

RE-LOOK 2 – Friday 21 May 2010, 6.30 pm
“What’s Contemporary about Asian Art: Contested Terrains and Critical Re- Imaginings”
Parul Dave Mukherji, Art Historian, JNU, New Delhi

RE-LOOK 3 – Wednesday 2 June 2010, 6.30 pm
“ Museumizing the Cityscape of Mysore”
Janaki Nair, Historian, JNU, New Delhi.

RE-LOOK 4 – Sunday 17 July 2010, 6.30 pm
“ Gay Disclosure and ‘Realism’: A Critical Re-reading of Bhupen Khakhar ”
Shivaji K. Panikkar, Art Historian, Baroda

RE-LOOK 5 – Sunday 15 August 2010, 5.30 pm
“ Sunil Janah: Photographing History: India in the 1940s and 1950s ”
The Struggle for Independence and the New India
Ram Rahman, Photographer, New Delhi

RE-LOOK 6 – Monday 13 September 2010, 6.30 pm
“ The Look of History: the Power of the Aesthetic ”
Christopher Pinney, Anthropologist and Art Historian, London

RE-LOOK 7 – Sunday 31 October 2010, 6.30 pm
“Territorial Realism”
Ashish Rajadhyaksha, Film Scholar, CSCS, Bangalore

RE-LOOK 8 – Thursday 25 November 2010, 6.30 pm
“An Historian among the Goddesses of Modern India”
Sumathi Ramaswamy, Historian, Duke University, USA

RE-LOOK 9 – Wednesday 15 December 2010, 6.30 pm
“The Handbag that Exploded: Mayawati’s Monuments and the Aesthetics of Democracy in Post-Reform India”
Kajri Jain, Art Historian, University of Toronto, Canada

RE-LOOK 10 – Wednesday 26 January 2011, 6.30 pm
“Ethnography and the Visual Trace”
Akshaya Tankha, Scholar, Alkazi Foundation for the Arts, New Delhi

RE-LOOK 11 – Sunday 27 February 2011, 6.30 pm
“Midnight Dreams: The Tragedy of a Lone Revolutionary”
K P Krishnakumar and the Radical Group
Anita Dube, Artist, New Delhi

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Season 2

RE-LOOK 12 – Sunday 10 April 2011, 5.30 pm
“Artists as Filmmakers”
Behroze Gandhy, Filmmaker and scholar, London

RE-LOOK 13 – Sunday 1 May 2011, 6.30 pm
“Fearful Symmetry: Amrita Sher-Gil’s Two Girls”
Rakhee Balaram, Art Historian, JNU, New Delhi

RE-LOOK 14 – Sunday 1 June 2011, 6.30 pm
“The Significant Landscape: A Case Study of Painting in Colonial Kolhapur”
Shukla Sawant, Art Historian, JNU, New Delhi

RE-LOOK 15 – Sunday 24 July 2011, 6.30 pm
“Angelo da Fonseca’s New Swadeshi Lexicon for Christian Art”
Savia Viegas, Art Historian, Goa

RE-LOOK 16 – Tuesday 16 August 2011, 6.30 pm
“ The Dead Object of Public Statuary”
Tapati Guha Thakurta, Art Historian, CSSS, Kolkata

RE-LOOK 17 – Friday 9 September 2011, 6.30 pm
“ The Reluctant Modernist: KK Hebbar 1911-1996 ”
Suresh Jayaram, Art Historian, Bangalore

RE-LOOK 18 – Tuesday 6 December 2011, 6.30 pm
“The Making of a Modern Indian Artist-Craftsman: Devi Prasad”
Naman Ahuja, Art Historian, JNU, New Delhi

RE-LOOK 19– Saturday 14 January 2012, 6.30 pm
“Visualizing the Ramayana”
Gulammohammed Sheikh, Artist, Poet and Art Historian, Baroda

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Season 3

RE-LOOK 20 – Wednesday 9 October 2013, 6.30 pm
“ Representing Ravana: Images of the Rakshasa King in India and Abroad”
Paula Richman, Professor of South Asian Studies, Oberlin, USA

RE-LOOK 21 – Sunday 24 November 2013, 6.30 pm
“ Bleeding Images: Culture in a time of Multiple Screens and Cameras”
Lawrence Liang, Legal Researcher and Cultural Theorist, Bangalore

RE-LOOK 22 – Sunday 15 December 2013, 6.30 pm
“Past Futures of Old Media: Gulammohammed Sheikh’s Kaavad: Travelling Shrine: Home”
Karin Zitzewitz, Art Historian, U of Michigan, USA

RE-LOOK 23 – Sunday 12 January 2014, 6.30 pm
“ A Flower From Every Meadow: Mughal painting as a tradition of hybridity”
Kavita Singh, Art Historian, JNU SAA, Delhi

RE-LOOK 24 – Friday 11 April 2014, 6.30 pm
“Performing “Asia” The Affective Affinities of Rabindranath Tagore And Okakura Tenshin”
Rustom Bharucha, Cultural Scholar, JNU SAA, Delhi

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Season 4

RE-LOOK 25 – Thursday 16 August 2015, 6.30 pm
“Kochi-Muziris Biennale as a Macro- Artefact”
Manuela Ciotti, Anthropologist, Rome

RELOOK 26 – Sunday 20 September 2015, 6.30 pm
“Pre- and Early Chalukya Sculptures in Karnataka – New Research”
Raghavendra Kulkarni, Art Historian, CKP Bangalore

RELOOK 27 – Sunday October 2015, 6.30 pm
“Two Gardens and a Kalamkari”
Omana Eappen, Independent Scholar, Bangalore

RELOOK 28 – Sunday 22 November 2015, 6.30 pm
“Camera Indica Revisited: Popular Photography in the 21st Century”
Christopher Pinney, Anthropologist and Art Historian, University College, London

RELOOK 29 – Sunday 31 January 2016, 6.30 pm
“Listening to Pictures: The Oral and Performative Dimensions of a Painted Scroll”
Kirtana Thangavelu, Art Historian, Central University, Hyderabad

RELOOK 30 – Sunday 28 February 2016, 6.30 pm
“Worldly Affiliations: Artistic Practice, National Identity and Modernism in India”
Sonal Khullar, Art Historian, University of Washington, Seattle USA

RELOOK 31 – Thursday 7 April 2016, 6.30 pm
“Ways of Seeing: Six Views of Indian Sculpture”
Sarada Natarajan, Art Historian, Hyderabad

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Season 5

RELOOK 32 – Sunday 31 August 2016, 6.30 pm
“The Golden Ratio”
Balan Nambiar, Artist and Scholar, Bangalore

RELOOK 33 – Sunday 25 September 2016, 6.30 pm
“ Thinking about Aesthetics”
Sundar Sarukkai, Philosopher, NIAS Bangalore

RELOOK 34 – Sunday 7 May 2017, 6.30 pm
“Field Notes: An Insiders perspective on the emergence of the ‘Street Art’ scene in India ”
Amitabh Kumar, Faculty, Srishti, Bangalore

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