Two talks with Geeta Kapur, Vivan Sundarmam and Andreas Huyssen

When 10 May 2017
Where Columbia University
Knox Hall, Room 208, 606 West 122nd Street
New York 10027
United States

A talk by art historian Geeta Kapur
“We the People: situational politics in contemporary art”
Time:  5:00pm – 6:30pm

Moderated by Alexander Alberro
Virginia Bloedel Wright Professor of Art History and Chair, Department of Art History at Barnard College

Co-sponsored by the Department of Art History and Archaeology at Columbia
and the Barnard College Department of Art History

Geeta Kapur is a critic and curator. Her essays are extensively anthologized; her books include Contemporary Indian Artists (1978); When Was Modernism (2000); Critic’s Compass: Navigating Practice (forthcoming). A founder-editor of Journal of Arts & Ideas; (former) member advisory council, Third Text; member advisory board, ArtMargins; trustee and advisory editor, Marg. Curatorial projects include: ‘Dispossession’, Johannesburg Biennale (1995); ‘Bombay/Mumbai’, Century City, Tate Modern (co-curation, 2001); ‘subTerrain’, House of World Cultures, Berlin (2003); ‘Aesthetic Bind’, Chemould, Mumbai (2013-14). Jury  member: Biennales of Venice (2005), Dakar (2006), Sharjah (2007). Member advisory board, Tate Research Centre: Asia, London; Asia Art Archive, Hong Kong; (former member) Asian Art Council, Guggenheim Museum, New York. Visiting Fellowships include: Institute of Advanced Study, Shimla; Nehru Memorial  Museum and Library, Delhi; Clare Hall, University of Cambridge; Jawaharlal Nehru University, Delhi.

A conversation with artist Vivan Sundaram
and Andreas Huyssen, Villard Professor of German and Comparative Literature
Time: 7:00pm – 8:30pm

Co-sponsored by the Department of Art History and Archaeology at Columbia
and the Barnard College Department of Art History

Vivan Sundaram will  briefly present three installations engaging with history over the last 25 years. Memorial, 1993-2014 uses the photographic image in multiple formats of a dead man killed during the communal strife in Bombay, post the demolition of the Babri Mosque. History Project, 1998, a site-specific installation in the Durbar Hall of the Victoria Memorial, Calcutta deals with making of the modern in Bengal from the 19th century till 1947.  Meanings of Failed Action: Insurrection 1946, 2017 with Ashish Rajadhyaksha. This refers to the Royal Indian Navy uprising presented as a 40 minute sound work in collaboration with David Chapman exhibited in a mobile sculptural object that stands in as a mini theatre.

Vivan Sundaram, born 1943, studied painting in Baroda and London. Since 1990 he has made sculpture, installation, photography and video. He has exhibited in the Biennales of Sydney, Seville, Taipei, Sharjah, Shanghai, Havana, Johannesburg, Kwangju and Berlin, and the Asia-Pacific Triennial, Brisbane. He has participated in group shows at Arken Museum, Copenhagen (2012); International Centre for Photography, New York (2008); Mori Museum, Tokyo (2008); Haus der Kunst, Munich (2006); Tate Modern, London (2001); and Museum Boijmans van Beuningen, Rotterdam (2001). He has had solo shows at Fowler Museum, Los Angeles (2015), Sepia International, New York (2008, 2006), Walsh Gallery, Chicago (2008, 2005), and Photographers Gallery, Copenhagen (2003).

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