Public lectures/Screening and Events in Monsoon Semester 2012
» Rustom Bharucha in discussion with Maya Rao on EVENT/PERFORMANCE/VIOLENCE followed by her performance piece entitled 'The Walk' on Wednesday April 10th, at 5 p.m. in the SAA auditorium. All Are Invited
» NO WAY OUT/ TUMHARI MUKTI NAHIN
Two solo performances by Soumyabrata Choudhury
Brahmarakshas ka Shishya : a reading/performance based on Muktibodh's works (in Hindi)
A Report to an Academy : based on Franz Kafka's short story (in English)
11th April (Thursday), 6: 30 p.m. onwards at SAA Auditorium
» SAA Student Seminar, Rethinking History: A Dialogue across Disciplines ,April 4 & 5, 2013, Venue: School of Arts and Aesthetics, Auditorium, Jawaharlal Nehru University
» The ICRC 150 year of humanitarian action around the world, Photo Exhibition, 19th March to 2nd April 2013, School of Arts and Aesthetics, Jawaharlal Nehru University
» Gerhard Wolf public lecture on tuesday 26th March 2013 in the School of Arts and Aesthetics, Auditorium, Jawaharlal Nehru University at 5:30 PM, School of Arts and Aesthetics, Auditorium, Jawaharlal Nehru University
» The Visual Studies stream of the School of Arts and Aesthetics, Jawaharlal Nehru University, is pleased to announce a course by Prof Gerhard Wolf, eminent art historian, as part of its Distinguished Visiting Professor programme supported by the Getty Foundation
» George Michell, Temple Architecture of the Early Chalukyas, 6th-8th Centuries: Stylistic Juxtapositions and Interminglings, Wednesday, 30th January 2013, at 5 pm, at the auditorium of the School of Arts and Aesthetics, JNU
Figuring the Curator
18th and 19th September 2010
10 am to 5:30 pm
School of Arts and Aesthetics Auditorium
Jawaharlal Nehru University
From being a colourless functionary who labored anonymously behind the scenes at the museum, today the curator has become a key figure in the art scene, invested with power, glamour and a near-oracular authority. How did this transformation come about? What has the emergence of the new curator done to the way we see and think about art? What does the figure of the curator embody, and what is its relationship with other figures, such as collectors, critics, historians and impresarios, whose powers the curator seems to have absorbed, and in some measure, seems to have displaced? How shall we see the rise of the star-curator in relation to the increasing importance of exhibition-as-spectacle – requiring the collaboration with architects, exhibition designers, marketing and publicity departments, as well as new kinds of pedagogy and new definitions of the public?
In this workshop, held in conjunction with the distinguished art historian Thierry de Duve's visiting professorship at JNU, we invite a range of practitioners from India to reflect upon curatorial work – their own or their peers', their sense of their situation, and the meaning of 'curation' in their work in and out of India today. The workshop will commence with a keynote address by Prof Thierry de Duve that will consider issues of curatorial ethics.
All are cordially invited to attend this event, whose programme is given below. Please do write to Eesha Phanse at firstname.lastname@example.org to register for this event. Registration is free of cost but will help us make adequate arrangements for those attending.
Saturday, 18 September
10:00-11:00 am Keynote address: Thierry de Duve: Art in the Face of Radical Evil
11:00-11:20 am Tea
11:20 – 1:00 pm: Session I Curating : Shifting Contexts
In this panel, curators with experience in curating for institutions and audiences in sharply differentiated contexts, will reflect on the differences that come about in their approaches and strategies. Does one address Indian and foreign audiences differently? Similarly, does one approach museum and commercial gallery exhibitions in different ways?
Speakers: Jyotindra Jain, Gayatri Sinha, Sunil Gupta
Moderator: Parul Dave Mukherji
1:00 -2:00: Lunch
2:00 -3:30pm: Session II: Private into Public
While there are few government-supported, public museums of contemporary art in India, we are beginning to see significant initiatives by private art collectors whose collections are now entering the public domain. We invite curators or directors involved with newly emergent museums to reflect on the challenges they face, and the roles they envisage for their presence in the world of curating in India.
Speakers: Anupam Poddar, Zasha Colah, Roobina Karode
Moderated by Gayatri Sinha
3:30 - 4:00 pm Tea
4:00 -5:30 pm: Session III : Not the Market, Not the Museum
In this session we invite curators, artists and organizers of artists groups, to reflect on their practice in the interstitial space that is not the market and not the museum. Working in the not-for-profit sector, or among voluntary artists' groups, what informs their practice, and how do they differentiate it from curatorial work in other domains?
Speakers: Sharmila Samant, Shaina Anand (via video), Pooja Sood
Moderated by Kavita Singh
Sunday, 19 September 2010
10:00-11:30 am: Session IV : Can the Market be the Museum?
It is increasingly being acknowledged that the institutions of the market – particularly the commercial art galleries – are beginning to play a public-service role in India. Due to the paucity of public institutions, the market supports unsaleable work, sponsors experimental exhibitions and works towards producing knowledge. Does this mean the market can be the museum, or are we still missing something?
Speakers: Girish Shahane, Vidya Shivadas, Maithili Parekh
Moderated by Abhay Sardesai
11:30 am to 12 noon: Tea
12 noon - 1:00 pm Session V: The Exhibition and the Book
We invite young curators who have only experienced working in the medium of exhibitions, to present their curatorial work, and to reimagine what they would have done, were they not curating an exhibition, but were writing a book. What would remain, and what would change, in the shift of medium?
Speakers: Latika Gupta, Gitanjali Dang
Moderated by Geeta Kapur
1:00-2:00 pm: Lunch
2-3:30 pm: Session VI : This Thing Called Heritage
How does one deal with 'heritage' in the post-modern age? We know all too well that every history is a form of fiction, and every idea of heritage is constructed. How then are we able to work with the idea of heritage in an ethical way? And how do we remain alert to the pushes and pulls of politics that may use our work for its own very different ends? We invite curators with experience of working in historic heritage fields, to share their understanding with us.
Speakers: Deborah Thiagarajan, Tasneem Mehta, Annapurna Garimella
Moderated by Naman Ahuja
3:30-4:00 pm: Tea
4:00-5:30 Session VII: Researching, Writing, Curating
In India, has the curator arisen from the ashes of art historian and critic? This closing panel discusses the relationship of curating with art history and art criticism, discussing research and discourse sustained over a length of time (in the academy and the public sphere) on the one hand, and concepts presented to the public in conjunction with a time-bound exhibitory event on the other.
Speakers: Geeta Kapur and Abhay Sardesai
Moderated by Kavita Singh
Public lectures/Screening and Events in Winter Semester 2010
15th January, 2010: Susan Hapgood Public Lecture - 4:30pm -Curatorial Practices: Then and Now
16th January, 2010: Questions & Dialogue – A Radical Manifesto - seminar around the practice of K P Krishnakumar and The Kerala Radical Group organized by the Office of Contemporary Art Norway, Oslo, CoLab Art & Architecture, Bangalore and School of Art & Aesthetics, JNU, New Delhi -2010, 10.30 am to 6 pm, SAA Library.
28th January, 2010: Talk by Kishwar Desai on Devika Rani and Himanshu Rai: The Rise and Fall of Bombay Talkies at 5 pm, SAA Auditorium
29th -30th January, 2010: Workshop on Radha: Her transformation from a Gopi to a Goddess, 10 am -5 pm, SAA Auditorium
31st January, 2010: The Waterhouse Exhibition ends, SAA Art Gallery, Old Building.
1st & 2nd February, 2010: Workshop conducted by Getty Distinguished Visiting Prof. Natalie Kampen of Columbia University on Current Work on Sexuality in Visual Culture, Class room 102, Old Building.
4th February, 2010: Public Lecture by Getty Distinguished Visiting Prof. Prof. Natalie Kampen –Once There was a Little Boy: Hero Portraits in Ancient Greece and Rome,
4 pm, SAA Auditorium
11th February, 2010: Public talk by Bhaskar Sarkar, Associate Professor of Film and Media Studies, University of California at Santa Barbara. Title of Talk -Partition, Cinema, Mourning, 5 p.m, SAA Auditorium
18th February, 2010: Talk by Carolyn Christov-Bakargiev, artistic director, Documenta 13 in collaboration with the Biennale Society/TBS Dialogues at 6 pm, SAA Auditorium
24th February, 2010: Lecture by Ashish Rajadhyaksha, Senior Fellow, Centre for the Study of Culture and Society. Bangalore, on Art History’s Elusive Subject, 5 pm. Class room, 101, Old Building.
25th February, 2010: Public Talk by Ashish Rajadhyaksha, Senior Fellow, Centre for the Study of Culture and Society. Title of Talk - Territorial Realism: Film Spectatorship, Rights and a Very Bombay History, 5 pm, SAA Auditorium
26-28th February, 2010: A film festival on the horror genre, organized by the SAA students, SAA Auditorium
8th March, 2010: Nationalism and Theatre in the 19th Century in India a lecture by Prof. Partha Chatterjee, former director CSSSS, Kolkata, SSS II committee room , 4-6PM
26th March, 2010: Lecture by Prof Edward S Cooke, Jr, Professor, Department of Art History, Yale University, on Rural Industry, Village Craft: The Politics of Modern Globalized Craft, Friday, 2010, 4 pm, SAA Auditorium
1st March, 2010: Between Kismet and Karma a lecture by Lin Holland, Head of Sculpture at Liverpool Hope University, UK, 5pm SAA Classroom, Old Building, 5 pm
31st March-2nd April, 2010: Conference on Multiple Modernities and Tensions with Modernism in collaboration with Department of Theatre and Performance Studies and Cultural Policy Studies, Warwick University, U.K,SAA 10am-4pm
Public lectures/Screening and Events in Monsoon Semester 2009
21 August 2009 3.30 pm Katherine Butler Brown
The Courtesan Tale: female performers, reality and rhetoric in Mughal historical chronicles; followed by a screening at 4.30pm Saba Dewan The Other song, (the director will be present to discuss her film).
28 August 2009 5 pm Rahaab Allana Transition from the Canvas to the Camera
4 September 2009 4 pm Prof. Edgar Heap of Birds Indigenous Voices Challenge the USA: Political Activism Through Native American Public Art.
11 September 2009:3.30 pm Akshaya Tankha Collecting Communities. Followed at 5 pm: Firaaq screening with a discussion with Nandita Das
18 September 2009 4 pm Prof. Sue Ellen Case Digital Divas: Gender in the Virtual Age.
25 September 2009:5 pm Prof. Jyotindra Jain The Conquest of the World as Picture.
9 October 2009 5 pm Rahaab Allana: Entering the Studio
16 October 2009 4.30 pm Remembering the Maestros: Shanno Khurana Hindustani vocal of the Rampur Gharana followed by Navtej Johar Indian Dance, from Classical to evolving contemporary.
23 October 2009 4 pm Tapati Guha Thakurta Fault Lines in a National Edifice: On the Rights & Offences of Contemporary Indian Art
30 October 2009 4 pm Prof. S. Settar An Artisan Dependent State: Ashokan India
6 November 2009 3.30 pm Film Screening: director in the Chair series
13 November 2009 5 pm Prof. M. Madhava Prasad Seeing through language: Considerations on language use in Indian cinema.
20 November 2009 4 pm Akshaya Tankha: Events captured by the Camera
27 November 2009 5 pm Prof. John Clark The Elephant & the Ant: Chinese & Thai Art in the 1980’s & 90’s
11 December 2009 5 pm Donald Stadtner: The Mrichhakatika’s visual record: a Kushan prototype for Sudraka’s Gupta-period play
SAA & JNU acknowledge the support of its collaborators: SPEAR (sponsored by The Tata Social Welfare Trust), the Getty Foundation, the Alkazi Foundation for the Arts and Simon Fraser University to host these events
School of Arts and
Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi
cordially invites to
the opening of
An exhibition of photographs, videos and video installation
Artists: Atul Bhalla, B.V Suresh, Kriti Arora, Rameshwar Broota,
Sheba Chhachhi, Sunil Gupta
On Tuesday , 4th December, 2007 at 6 pm
at Gallery School of Arts and Aesthetics, Jawaharlal Nehru
University, New Delhi
The exhibition will be on from11am to 7 pm till the 14th of
Mohd Ahmed Sabhi, Rahul Dev, Srinayani Reddy and T Sanathanan (M.A and
M.Phil students of the School of Arts and Aesthetics)
The exhibition is in collaboration with Aakar and is supported by UNDP,
UNFPA & UNIFEM (Partners for prevention: Working with boys and men to
prevent gender based violence )
A Festival of Documentaries on Masculinities
Documentaries are often described as reality films. But reality as we
know is slippery, forever near and forever far. And probably nothing
proves this more than the troubled area of representation of men and
masculinities in documentaries. Why is it that we look at men in
documentaries but we don't really see them as 'men'? Or let's put it in
another way, why is it easy to understand what we mean when we say
'films on women' and get quizzical looks if we were to say 'films on
This festival of
documentaries attempts to intervene in this space of presence and
absence to induce a gaze that unravels the many realities of men and
masculinities through filmic journeys inside homes, work sites, youthful
yearnings, race, sexuality and labour. The films take us inside the
world of boys and men to reveal the complexity and contradictions within
the world of masculinities. They invite us to look at masculinities as
an intricate system of distribution of privileges and the insecurities
and instability of a world that is constantly on the verge of being
These screenings are being organised as part of a series of events to
generate a discussion on masculinities and build partnerships with boys
and men to prevent gender based violence.
Rahul Roy / Juhi Jain / Uma Tanuku
SCREENINGS AT THE SCHOOL OF ARTS & AESTHETICS, JNU:
3rd December, 2007 (Monday)
BEYOND THE BORDER – 3.00 pmDir: Ari Palos
Beyond the Border follows the immigrant experience with 17 year old
Marcelo Ayala, who leaves his family on a risky journey to the United
States. His decision to leave Mexico becomes clearer with the insights
of his brothers, who before him, have each made the same journey.
Horacio Ayala, has been in the US for a couple of years. He yearns to
return to Mexico. Juan, the anchor of the brothers, has managed to
realize his dream of a family and stable job in the United States, all
the while missing the joy of being with his family in Mexico. Gonzalo,
the oldest, has seen his life unravel, with broken marriages, jail time
and a constant battle with alcoholism.
71 min / 2007 / USA-Mexico /
OUR BOYS (AMADER CHELERA) – 4.30 pm
Dir: Manzare Hassin Murad
Winds of change are sweeping through Bangladesh... The West is
irresistible and the East refuses to disappear. In these confusing
times, boys from a pop group and a young artist—all from the newly
emerging upper and middle class families of Dhaka - open their lives to
the director. Duties and obligations, women and desire, confusion and
contradictions... The boys can feel the wind but do they really know
which way it blows?
42 min / 1999 / Bangladesh /
4th December, 2007 (Tuesday)
SIMPLE PAST (PRETERITO PERFEITO) – 3.00 pm
Dir: Gustavo Pizzi
Simple Past follows ex-customers and employees of one of the most famous
brothel in Brazil called Casa Rosa as they come back to the house where
it once stood in all its glory. Revisiting the old bedrooms we get to
know stories of men and women of different ages, their experiences
inside that house, like Ivanilda, a 65 years old prostitute who worked
in the brothel when she was 15. Nowadays, while it's been remodeled and
renewed, the old estate is a "cultural center" where parties and music
shows gather a crowd of young people every weekend. A film about memory,
morals and negotiation.
71 min / 2007 / Brazil /
MAJMA ( PERFORMANCE) - 5.00 pm
Dir: Rahul Roy
Aslam sells medicines for sexual problems on the pavements of Meena
Bazaar near Jama Masjid in Delhi… Khalifa Barkat presides over an akhara
in the adjacent park and puts a group of young men through the moral and
physical grind of wrestling. Through the park and the market pass
hundreds of men every day… Majma explores the instability and insecurity
of working class lives and its impact on male sexuality and gender
54 min / 2000 / India /
5th December, 2007 (Wednesday)
I AM A MAN - 3.00 pm
Dir: Byron Hurt
Is there such a thing as black masculinity in America? What are some of
the ways in which black masculinity differs from white masculinity? How
have racism, sexism, homophobia and the threat of violence helped shape
black masculine identity in American culture? How do gay black men
Byron Hurt powerfully examines in this award-winning documentary the
thoughts and feelings of African-American men and women from across USA.
The film links everyday black men from various socioeconomic backgrounds
with some of Black America's most progressive academics, social critics
and authors to provide an engaging, candid dialogue on black masculine
identity in American culture.
60 min / 1998 / USA / email@example.com
MY FRIEND SU – 4.30 pm
Dir: Neeraj Bhasin
Traditional Indian and contemporary trance music set the mood for a
night with Su, the filmmaker's friend from art school. Though he is
outwardly male, Su actually feels like a woman. The film revolves around
Su's halting monologues about his feelings towards society, his
upbringing and family, his crisis of identity, and his art. The images
shot on digital video are fluid, sensual, and for some reason their
vibrant colors seem to run… beautifully. Su's voice and his singing are
55 min / 2001 / India /
To mark the end of the
centenary celebration ofRamkinkar Baij, the School of Arts and
Aesthetics, JNU organized
a symposium on
Ramkinkar in focus
Contextualizing the Indian Modernist
Devi Prasad met
Ramkinkar as a student at Kala Bhavan, Santiniketan between 1938 – 1944.
Later, while he was Visiting Professor
at Visva Bharati in 1978, Devi Prasad made a critically acclaimed
photographic study of his guru Ramkinkar’s sculptures. Over a
period, Devi also collected original drawings and paintings by him. To
mark the centenary year of Ramkinkar’s birth, the School of
Arts and Aesthetics, Jawaharlal Nehru University, was proud to host an
exhibition selected from this remarkable collection.
At the School’s auditorium
Prof R N Mishra
Prof. R.N. MISHRA is an eminent art historian and Indologist. He is at
present a Visiting Professor at the School of Arts and Aesthetics. He
headed the School of Studies in Ancient Indian History, Culture and
Archaeology, Jiwaji University, Gwalior. Some of his areas of research
are iconography, particularly of the Yakṣa cult and the role of Śilpi or
craftsman in Pre-modern Indian art. His scholarship also extends to
Indian aesthetics and its relationship with epistemology, philosophy and
19th October 5-6.30 pm.
Militant Ascetics and Art in Sacred Space: Evidence from Central
Venue: SAA Auditorium
Illustrated lecture by
(Professor of Visual Culture Studies at UCL, London)
"From the Fruits of Sin to Civil Society:The Changing Moral Idioms
on 14th September
Shishya Parampara Redefined
a lecture – demonstration
Dr. Sonal Mansingh
With Her Students
On the 30th Anniversary of Her Institute
“Centre for Indian Classical Dances”
SCIENCE FICTION FILM AND THE IDEA(L) OF
HUMANITY, THE UNFINISHED PROJECT: SCIENCE FICTION FILM AND THE IDEA(L)
A public talk by
University of California, San Diego
Screening of Children of Men (Alfonso Cuarón, 2006) followed by