Inspired by Tagore: Works by NYC Students


Inspired by Tagore is part of a series of exhibitions that presents the work of New York City students created in response to the great artistic traditions of Asia. This year the exhibition presents student artwork inspired by the art of Rabindranath Tagore. Tagore was a transformative figure in the modern cultural history of India. He is remembered not only as an artist, but also as a poet, playwright, musician and philosopher. Students from four New York City elementary schools visited Asia Society in the fall of 2011 to view the exhibition Rabindranath Tagore: The Last Harvest.

With guidance from teachers and teaching artists, the students created new works of art based on their observations and reflections. The students’ works are displayed alongside illustrations of some of the pieces that inspired them. The elements that were attractive, engaging and captivating in these works of art varied for each individual. What students chose to emphasize in their own works throws light on both the process of artistic creation and on their own cultures and personal histories. By displaying these fresh interpretations on traditional arts, we hope to encourage other young visitors to exercise their creativity.

Inspired by Tagore is organized by Asia Society Museum in collaboration with STUDIO IN A SCHOOL. The exhibition is made possible, in part, by the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, with support from the Rattray Kimura Foundation.

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