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Bay Area Conversations: The Arts of South Asia and its Diasporas

Panel Discussion | October 26 | 9:30 a.m.-4:45 p.m. | Stephens Hall, 10 (ISAS Conf. Room)


Zulfikar Ali Bhutto, Artist; Jisha Menon, Associate Professor, Theater and Performance Studies, Stanford University; Shalini Agrawal, Professor of Art; Director, Center for Art + Public Life, California College of the Arts; Debashish Banerji, Professor of Indian Philosophy and Culture; Doshi Professor of Asian Art, California Institute of Integral Studies; Atreyee Gupta, Assistant Professor, History of Art Department, UC Berkeley; Deborah Stein, Senior Lecturer, California College of Arts; Talinn Grigor, Chair, Art History Program; Professor of Art History, UC Davis; Padma Maitland, Patrick J. J. Maveety Assistant Curator of Asian Art, Cantor Arts Center, Stanford University; Usha Iyer, Assistant Professor of Film and Media Studies, Stanford University; Asma Kazmi, Assistant Professor of Art, Department of Art Practice, UC Berkeley; Aditi Chandra, Assistant Professor of Art History/Visual Studies, UC Merced; Sita K. Bhaumik, Artist; Visiting Professor, Diversity Studies, California College of the Arts; Pallavi Sharma, Multidisciplinary artist, and curator; Lecturer, Diversity Studies, California College of the Arts; Mary-Ann Milford-Lutzker, Professor Emerita of Art History, Mills College; Sugata Ray, Associate Professor, History of Art Department, UC Berkeley; Forrest McGill, Wattis Senior Curator of South and Southeast Asian Art, Asian Art Museum SF; Cho Rao, Independent Art & Museum Consultant; Karin G. Oen, Assistant Curator of Contemporary Art, Asian Art Museum SF; John Zarobell, Associate Professor and Undergraduate Director of International Studies, University of San Francisco.; Kathy Zarur, Curator, educator and arts organizer, California College of the Arts; Allan deSouza, Chair and Associate Professor, Department of Art Practice, UC Berkeley; Qamar Adamjee, Associate Curator of South Asian Art, Asian Art Museum SF

Ramón De Santiago, Ph.D. Student, Art History, UC Berkeley

Melissa Carlson, Ph.D. Student, South & Southeast Asian Studies, UC Berkeley

Thomas Oommen, Ph.D. Student, Architecture, UC Berkeley

Leena Joshi, MFA Student, Art Practice, UC Berkeley

Institute for South Asia Studies, Department of History of Art, Department of Art Practice, South Asia Art Initiative


Over the past several years, the Institute has built a comprehensive art program and promoted conversation around the visual cultures of South Asia through talks, conferences, and exhibitions.

With the inauguration of the South Asia Art Initiative, we are excited to move onto the next level with local, national, and international collaborations that combine creative energies with insights drawn from scholarly research. As we continue to shape the Initiative, we are eager to share our vision with you and to plan the future collaboratively. By way of setting this in motion, we have organized a day-long symposium titled Bay Area Conversations: The Arts of South Asia and its Diasporas on October 26, 2018, in part to celebrate what we see as a new beginning and in part to find points of intersections.

Please join us for a day of conversations at the Institute for South Asia Studies with art historians, curators, and artists in the Bay Area.

The day-long symposium will end with a public conversation around Professor Allan deSouza’s forthcoming book How Art Can Be Thought: A Handbook for Change (Duke University Press, October 2018).

A G E N D A

Symposium: 10 Stephens Hall

9:30: I N T R O D U C T I O N S
Allan deSouza, Department of Art Practice, University of California, Berkeley

10:00-11:00: M O B I L I T Y
Chair: Ramón De Santiago, University of California, Berkeley
Deborah Stein, Senior Lecturer at California College of Arts, Swings, Ships, and Camel Motels: When 15th-century Architecture is Thought in Mandu, Malwa
Talinn Grigor, University of California, Davis, Ancient Iran in Bombay
Padma Maitland, Cantor Arts Center, Stanford University, Gandhi Superstar
Usha Iyer, Stanford University, Histories of the Ephemeral: Producing a Narrative of Film Dance through Song Booklets
Asma Kazmi, University of California, Berkeley, Cranes and Cube and Some Other Works

11:00-11:30: Coffee Break

11:30-12:30: D W E L L I N G
Chair: Melissa Carlson, University of California, Berkeley
Aditi Chandra, University of California, Merced, Unruly Monuments: Disrupting the State through Delhi’s Islamic Architecture
Pallavi Sharma, California College of the Arts, A Traveling Tale: My Recent body of Work
Qamar Adamjee, Asian Art Museum, The Art of Sitting: Re-looking at Indian Paintings
Mary-Ann Milford-Lutzker, Mills College, Home is a Foreign Place
Sugata Ray, University of California, Berkeley, Ecoaesthetics: On how to Live with Sentient Plants

12:30-1:30: Lunch Break

1:30-2:30: F U T U R I T Y
Chair: Leena Joshi, University of California, Berkeley
Zulfikar Ali Bhutto, Artist, Heterosexual Hubris
Jisha Menon, Stanford University, Building Bangalore, and the Poetics of Dwelling in Sheela Gowda’s Artworks
Shalini Agrawal, California College of the Arts; Pathways to Equity, Diversity and Equity in Community-based Practice
Debashish Banerji, California Institute of Integral Studies, Hoppe's India, 1929: Colonialism and Modernity through Photographs
Sita K. Bhaumik, California College of the Arts, The Places Where the Answers Were
Atreyee GuptaAtreyee Gupta, University of California, Berkeley, Untitled

2:30-3:00: Coffee Break

3:00-4:00; C U R A T I N G
Chair: Thomas Oommen, University of California, Berkeley
Forrest McGill, Asian Art Museum, Cosmic and Earthly Dance in the Arts of India and Its Neighbors
Cho Rao, Independent Art & Museum Consultant, Emerging Art Center: Delhi
Karin G. Oen, Asian Art Museum, Forming and Reforming: Contemporary Art at the Asian
John Zarobell, University of San Francisco, Emerging Megacities in South Asia
Kathy Zarur, California College of the Arts, About Place

4:00-4:45: Reception

Book Talk: 120 Kroeber Hall

5:00 -7:00 pm: B O O K T A L K - How Art Can Be Thought: A Handbook for Change
Author: Allan deSouza
Respondent: Asma Kazmi, Department of Art Practice, University of California, Berkeley
Respondent: Atreyee Gupta, History of Art Department, University of California, Berkeley
Moderator: Sugata Ray, History of Art Department, University of California, Berkeley

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The South Asia Art Initiative, inaugurated in Spring 2018, is the culmination of a comprehensive art program, built over the past several years, that promoted conversation around the visual cultures of South Asia through talks, conferences, and exhibitions. The goal of the Initiative is to move onto the next level with local, national, and international collaborations that combine creative energies with insights drawn from scholarly research. To read more about the Initiative or to help support its various fundraising goals, please click HERE.

Event made possible with the support of the Sarah Kailath Chair of India Studies

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PARKING INFORMATION
Please note that parking is not always easily available in Berkeley. Take public transportation if possible or arrive early to secure your spot.

The event is FREE and OPEN to the public.


isas@berkeley.edu, 510-642-3608