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, 14 x 20 inches each Collection of Dipti and Rakesh Mathur ? Pushpamala N., 2001POSTDATE: 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.

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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.


Related Programs and Events

 

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 11

7–9 P.M.
FALL OPENING RECEPTION

To Celebrate the exhibition opening of POSTDATE: Photography and Inherited History in India, the Ulrich invites you to a colorful evening filled with the cultural influences of ancient and modern India in art, music, food, and dance. POSTDATE explores the history of India and how artists mark the past with ideas from the present. Free to Ulrich Museum members and WSU students, $10 for general public.

 

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 25

5:30 P.M. RECEPTION | 6:30 P.M. PROGRAM
POSTDATE ARTIST TALK: ANNU PALAKUNNATHU MATTHEW
Living Between Cultures

Photo-based artist Annu Palakunnathu Matthew will present her artwork that explores her experiences of living between cultures—England, India and the USA. Her work is influenced by this transnational experience and includes concepts related to being an immigrant, assimilation and living as a hyphenated American. Matthew’s work is on view in
POSTDATE: Photography and Inherited History in India.

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
CURATOR TALK: Jodi Throckmorton

What is the role of the artist as researcher, collector, activist, and documentarian? Join POSTDATE: Photography and Inherited History in India curator, Jodi Throckmorton, for a talk examining the complex relationship between traditions of representation in India and contemporary practices of image making. Throckmorton is Curator of Contemporary Art for the Philadelphia Academy of the Fine Arts.

 

WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 18

10:00 A.M. REFRESHMENTS | 10:30 PROGRAM BEGINS
SENIOR WEDNESDAY: Jodi Throckmorton

Join curator Jodi Throckmorton for an intimate look at POSTDATE: Photography and Inherited History in India. Throckmorton will discuss her many trips to India and studio visits with the artists, her curatorial process, and the role of the artist as researcher, collector, activist and documentari- an. Throckmorton is Curator of Contemporary Art for the Philadelphia Academy of the Fine Arts.

 

WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 18

5:30 P.M. RECEPTION | ULRICH MUSEUM
6:30 P.M. PROGRAM | WSU CAC THEATRE
VOICES OF THE PARTITION

The 1947 Partition is recognized as one of the world’s largest mass refugee events. It is estimated that 2 million people died in the communal violence that accompanied Partition, and up to 25 million were uprooted through the 1950s. Join us as we explore India and its people—before and after the concurrent horrors of Partition—with a distinguished panel of scholars and Partition survivors now living in our community. Panelists include: Dr. Emily Rook-Koepsel, Assistant Professor in the Department of International and Area Studies, University of Oklahoma; Dr. Rai Atul, WSU Associate Professor and Larry Jones Faculty Fellow, W. Frank Barton School of Business; Elaine Jones, 1947 Partition Archive, Berkeley, CA; Dr. Prem Bajaj, WSU Associate Professor Emeritus, Department Mathematics and Statistics; Raj R. Bajaj; Zahdi Lodhi Khan; and moderated by POSTDATE Curator Jodi Throckmorton, Curator of Contemporary Art, Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts.

Offered in conjunction with POSTDATE: Photography and Inherited History in India and in collaboration with the 1947 Partition Archive, Berkley, California.

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