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Public Lecture by Dr. Zehra Jumabhoy

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Public Lecture by Dr. Zehra Jumabhoy


Public Lecture by Dr. Zehra Jumabhoy

MIDNIGHT & MODERNS: MAPPING PROGRESSIVE PASTS; PROPOSING SECULAR FUTURES
In collaboration with Asia Society and ART India Magazine

Saturday, 29th September 2018 at 6.00 pm
Venue: Education Centre, Dr. Bhau Daji Lad Museum

As the clock chimed the midnight hour on the 15th of August 1947, the subcontinent threw off the shackles of the British Raj: India was free. How should this new nation define itself? Bombay’s Progressive Artists’ Group, firebrands from different castes and creeds, came together in the immediate aftermath of independence to provide an answer. A modern art for a secular India, was their mission.

A version of Zehra’s Curatorial Lecture for the Asia Society museum exhibition in New York, ‘The Progressive Revolution: Modern Art for a New India’, this talk will trace the founding ideology of India’s so-called ‘quintessential Moderns’. Who were they? What did they achieve? How relevant is their message for us today? In answering these questions, the lecture will unpick the tangled web of inter-connections between the notions of the Modern, the Secular and the Progressive within the ‘idea of India’.

Zehra Jumabhoy is a UK-based writer, speaker and art historian. She was the Steven and Elena Heinz Scholar at the Courtauld Institute of Art, London, where she completed her doctorate and is an Associate Lecturer, specializing in modern and contemporary South Asian art. In addition, she co-organizes Contemporaneity in South Asian Art, a public seminar series at the Courtauld’s Research Forum. She has been editor of the Visual Art section for Time Out Mumbai and an editor at the journal ART India. Her book, The Empire Strikes Back: Indian Art Today, was published by Random House, London, in 2010. She is the Guest Curator of The Progressive Revolution: Modern art for a New India, which was partially inspired by her Phd at the Courtauld on the intersection of Indian art and nationalism.

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Free and open to all.

Kindly note that as per MCGM rules, the parking space outside the Museum will be closed for vehicles at 5:00 pm.



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