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Program
Tefaf afternoons
Old Wine in New Bottles: How to Look at Indian Modern Art
Monday, November 11
8PM
Description
Formed in 1947 in the wake of Indian independence from the British Raj, the Bombay Progressive Artists played a vital role in shaping Indian Modernism even while they resisted attempts at finding a unified visual language. Rebelling against the strictures of contemporaneous styles in India, the early members sought out the visual vocabulary of the subcontinent, and also wider Asia and the West. By the 1950s, many of the artists had already left India for Europe and America where they discovered new artistic possibilities in their encounters with Western modernism. This panel takes on the thorny question of how to look at the work of the Progressives beyond mere derivation and imitation and the artistic impacts of their sojourn in the West.
Panel
Priyanka Mathew
Principal Partner, Sunderlande Art Agency
Siddhartha V. Shah
Curator, Indian and South East Asian Art, Peabody Essex Museum
Zehra Jumabhoy
Associate Lecturer, Courtauld Institute
Moderator
Boon Hui Tan
Vice President, Global Arts and Cultural Programs; Director, Asia Society Museum (far left)