Asia Society's 'Season of India' Kicks Off With Event-Filled Day

A look at what's happening on September 14.

On September 14, 2018, Asia Society kicks off its "Season of India," a series of programs and special events on arts, culture, business, and policy, held in conjunction with the exhibition The Progressive Revolution: Modern Art for a New India. Described as a "must-see" by New York magazine, the exhibition is the largest survey of works from India's quintessential moderns, the Progress Artists' Group. The first day of the season, which runs through next January, features a diverse slate of programs that include panel discussions, high-level encounters, exhibition tours, and live entertainment. 

Start things off with a conversation about India's economic future and stick around for two additional discussions on curating and collecting Indian modern art. After the panels, join us for the first Fall Friday of the season, featuring free admission to Asia Society Museum, extended opening hours (until 9 p.m.), and docent-led tours of The Progressive Revolution. There are also drink specials and cash bar, a live DJ, AsiaStore discounts, and more. Read on to learn more about the events and to purchase tickets or RSVP to the panel discussions.

Asia Society's "Season of India" continues throughout the fall, with additional programs on everything from the role of secularism in India to the return of the Jaipur Literature Festival to a family-friendly celebration of Diwali, the Hindu festival of lights. For the full program of events during the season, click here

India 2050: Roadmap for Success 

Rendering of the Amaravati Smart City
Amaravati Development Corporation/Government of India

What will the world's fastest-growing economy — the sixth-largest economy overall — look like in 2050? What needs to be done to guide it? These are among the questions that a panel of high-level business and economics experts and government officials will answer at an unmissable event for all those interested in the country's economic, political, and social future.

The event kicks off with a keynote address by Shri Amitabh Kant, CEO of the National Institution for Transforming India, the country's premier policy think tank, followed by a conversation with Asia Society Executive Vice President Tom Nagorski. The program continues with acclaimed journalist and editor Bobby Ghosh moderating a panel discussion with Vinita Jain, the founder and chairman of Biotique, the biotech company rooted in Ayurvedic principals; Charles R. Kaye, co-CEO of private equity firm Warburg Pincus; and Arun M. Kumar, chairman and CEO of KPMG India.

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Writing the India Modern 

Tyeb Mehta. Mahisasura, 1997.
Tyeb Mehta. Mahisasura, 1997. Acrylic on canvas. H. 59 x W. 48 in. (149.9 x 121.9 cm). Rajiv and Payal Chaudhri Collection. Image courtesy of the lender.

Formed within months of the Partition of India in 1947, the Progressive Artists' Group (PAG) was a diverse collective of artists from disparate religious and social backgrounds who came together to express a new nation's artistic voice. Today, the legacy of the PAG is myriad and multi-faceted, the source of lively discussion, and inextricably tied to the development and concept of India as we know it today.

This panel brings together a group of eminent art critics, curators, and art historians with experience in interpreting and exploring the notion of an Indian modernism in the context of wider international dialogues in art and politics. They include Yashodhara Dalmia, curator of The Moderns, the National Gallery of Modern Art in Mumbai's inaugural exhibition; art critic and curator Gayatri Sinha, author of several volumes on Indian art and visual culture; and The Progressive Revolution guest curator Zehra Jumambhoy, who will moderate the discussion.

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Collecting the India Modern

F. N. Souza. Untitled, 1962.
F. N. Souza. Untitled, 1962. Oil on canvas. H. 63 x W. 41 in. (160 x 104.1 cm). Blanca and Sunil Hirani Asian Art Collection. ©2010 Christie's Images Limited

The works by the Progressive Artists' Group laid the foundation of modern art in post-independence India and today are the most important segment of the Indian art market. This panel, moderated by Asia Society Museum Director Boon Hui Tan, brings together major collectors of works by the Progressives from India, London, and New York for a conversation about the art, their reasons for collecting, and the future of India’s art scene.

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Fall Friday Leo Bar 

Guests at a Free Friday Night
Ellen Wallop/Asia Society

See Asia Society Museum's new exhibition The Progressive Revolution: Modern Art for a New India on its opening night! The museum will remain open until 9 p.m. and admission is free. Start by sampling Indian street food-inspired snacks and drinks (available for purchase) before enjoying a docent-led tour of the exhibition and live entertainment courtesy of DJ Tikka Masala