POSTDATE: PHOTOGRAPHY AND INHERITED HISTORY IN INDIA
September 12 – December 13, 2015
Two generations after the exultation of Independence and the concurrent horrors of Partition, contemporary Indian photographers reclaim and reappraise the history of colonialism in their country. These artists look closely and critically at historical Indian photography and draw on diverse sources of inspiration. They take matters of history into their own hands, redefining the iconic historical images of India and investigating the complex relationship between traditions of representation and contemporary image-making. The exhibition will include works by Raqs Media Collective, Gauri Gill, Nandan Ghiya, Vivan Sundaram, Pushpamala N., and Annu Palakunnathu Matthew.
Pushpamala N., The Native Types—Yogini (after a 16th-century Deccani painting), 2001. From the project “Native Women of South India: Manners and Customs,” 2000–2004. Chromogenic print on metallic paper, 22 x 17 1/2 in. Collection of Dipti and Rakesh Mathur. © Pushpamala N., 2001 Courtesy of the artist and Nature Morte, New Delhi.
POSTDATE was organized collaboratively by the San Jose Museum of Art and the Ulrich Museum of Art, Wichita State University, Kansas.
POSTDATE is made possible by the generous support of The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, The National Endowment for the Arts, Kaushie Adiseshan and Anand Rajaraman, Tad Freese, Yvonne and Mike Nevens, Dipti and Rakesh Mathur, the Asian Cultural Council, and Christie’s.
The Ulrich Museum of Art presentation has been generously supported by Mickey Armstrong, Bill and Donna Ard, Richard D. Smith and Sondra M. Langel, John and Nancy Brammer, Norma Greever, Gyan and Manorama Khicha, Ron and Lee Starkel, and the Ulrich Alliance through A SculpTour Affair gala (Tom and Kyle Futo; Joan Beren; Patrick Habkirk and Dean Bradley; Leilah Farha, Vincent Farha, and Genevieve and Chris Farha; Bill and Mary Lynn Oliver; Ron and Lee Starkel; C.M. Copple Family; Jeff Kennedy and Patti Gorham; Jeff and Janice Van Sickle; and Bob and Liz Workman). Program support provided by the Kansas Humanities Council, the City of Wichita and Wichita State University.
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FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 11
FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 25
5:30 P.M. RECEPTION | 6:30 P.M. PROGRAM
Annu P. Matthew is Professor of Art and Director of the Center for the Humanities at the University of Rhode Island. She is the recipient of a Fulbright fellowship, John Gutmann fellowship, MacCall Johnson fellowship, Rhode Island State Council of the Arts fellowship and the American Institute of Indian Studies Creative Arts fellowship. Matthew’s work has been exhibited worldwide, including the RISD Museum, Newark Art Museum, Guangzhou Biennial of Photography, China, and the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History.
WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 14–SUNDAY, OCTOBER 18
TALLGRASS FILM FESTIVAL: SPOTLIGHT ON EAST INDIAN CINEMA
The Ulrich Museum and Tallgrass Film Festival present two contemporary East Indian film screenings during the 13th Annual Tallgrass Film Festival in conjunction with POSTDATE: Photography and Inherited History in India.
TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 17
5:30 P.M. RECEPTION | 6:00 P.M. PROGRAM
WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 18
10:00 A.M. REFRESHMENTS | 10:30 PROGRAM BEGINS
WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 18
5:30 P.M. RECEPTION | ULRICH MUSEUM
Offered in conjunction with POSTDATE: Photography and Inherited History in India and in collaboration with the 1947 Partition Archive, Berkley, California.