The Progressive Genealogy: Art and Culture in Modern India (Symposium)

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Detail from a page from M. F. Husain’s scrapbook, with a drawing and annotated photographs. Private collection, France. Image courtesy Grosvenor Gallery.

Detail from a page from M. F. Husain’s scrapbook, with a drawing and annotated photographs. Private collection, France. Image courtesy Grosvenor Gallery.

At midnight on August 15, 1947, the subcontinent declared its freedom from British rule. India was born. Out of this period of socio-political upheaval arose a new art for the new nation. The Progressive Artists’ Group (PAG) was seminal to this moment of aesthetic ferment. Founded in Bombay in the immediate aftermath of Independence, the Group aspired to give Indian modernity a secular visual form. Scheduled to accompany The Progressive Revolution: Modern Art for a New India, Asia Society Museum’s exhibition about the PAG, this symposium will provide a broader scope beginning with a discussion of the artists in the exhibition, the symposium will explore the idea of the “progressive” in visual culture, science, and industry in early independent India. What was the progressive, modern nation’s relationship with tradition? Are “modern” and “progressive” interchangeable terms? Where does “secularism” stand in the exchange between the two? The symposium will also trace the Group’s continuing relevance within the socio-political landscape of India today.

An interdisciplinary collaboration between Asia Society and Columbia University, this event will include artists, curators, historians, sociologists, and cultural theorists.

Co-organized by Zehra Jumabhoy and Boon Hui Tan, Asia Society Museum, New York; and Vishakha Desai and Gauri Viswanathan, Columbia University, New York

The symposium will be followed by a keynote address by Homi K. Bhabha, Harvard University, as part of Asia Society’s Viewpoints program, at 6:30 pm.

Tickets: $25 members; $27 students/seniors; $30 nonmembers. For more information and tickets click here.


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Part of the Season of India, a series of programs held in conjunction with the exhibition, The Progressive Revolution: Modern Art for a New India, on view at Asia Society Museum from September 14, 2018 to January 20, 2019. 

Event Details

Thu 25 Oct 2018
11 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Asia Society
725 Park Avenue
New York, NY 10021

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