Symposium Events


Thursday, February 27, 2014

5:30-7 p.m.
Public Events Room, 220 Eggers Hall
Reception

7-8:30 p.m.
Public Events Room, 220 Eggers Hall
Keynote Lecture: "Folk Art Elements in Indian Archaeological Tradition"
Dilip K. Chakrabarti
Professor Emeritus of South Asian Archeology, Cambridge University (U.K.)

Moderators: Susan Wadley, The Ford-Maxwell Professor of South Asian Studies and co-director of the South Asia Center, Syracuse University; and Tula Goenka, associate professor of television-radio-film and co-director of the South Asia Center, SU

Friday, February 28, 2014

9:30-11 a.m.
Public Events Room, 220 Eggers Hall
Keynote Address: “Folk Art, Outsider Art, and Tribal Art: Historicizing Categories in America and South Asia”
Edward S. Cooke Jr.
The Charles F. Montgomery Professor of American Decorative Arts, Yale University

Moderator: Romita Ray, associate professor of art and music histories, SU

11-11:15 a.m.
Coffee Break
Transition to Shaffer Art Building

11.30 a.m.-1 p.m.
SUArt Galleries, Shaffer Art Building
Painting demonstration and workshop
Rani Jha
Master painter and teacher, Mithila Art Institute in Madhubani (India)

This segment includes guided tours of "Mithila Painting: The Evolution of an Art Form" by David Szanton, president of The Ethnic Arts Foundation and former executive director of international and area studies at the University of California, Berkeley; Parmeshwar Jha, president of the Mithila Art Institute and professor emeritus of economics at Rutgers University; and Peter Zirnis, curator and photographer of Mithila art.

1-2 p.m.
Atrium, Shaffer Art Building
Lunch Break

Return to Eggers Hall

2-3:30 p.m.
Public Events Room, 220 Eggers Hall
Panel Discussion: "Historic Trajectories"


“Ruth Reeves and H. Daniel Smith: The Forces Behind SU’s Collection of Indian Folk Arts”

Susan Wadley

The Ford-Maxwell Professor of South Asian Studies, Syracuse University


"Stella Kramrisch: Creating A Canon of India's Folk Arts"

Darielle Mason
The Stella Kramrisch Curator of Indian and Himalayan Art, Philadelphia Museum of Art
Adjunct associate professor of the history of art, University of Pennsylvania

"Terracotta and Trash: Displaying 'Folk' Art at the Festival of India, 1985-86"
Rebecca Brown
Teaching professor of history of art and chair of museum studies, The Johns Hopkins University

Moderator: Anne Blackburn, professor of South Asian studies and Buddhist studies, as well as director of the South Asia Program, Cornell University

3:30-3:45 p.m.
Coffee Break

3:45-6 p.m.
Public Events Room, 220 Eggers Hall
Panel Discussion: "Evolving Traditions"

“Singing Modernity: Bengali Patuas in a World of Globalization”
Frank Korom
Professor of religion and anthropology, Boston University

“Stitches and the Strands of Stories”
Pika Ghosh
Associate professor of art, The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

“Variations on a Theme: The Kohbar Through Space and Time"
David Szanton
President, The Ethnic Arts Foundation
Former executive director of international and area studies, University of California, Berkeley

Moderator: Romita Ray, associate professor of art and music histories, SU

Saturday, March 1, 2014

9-9:15 a.m.
Atrium, Shaffer Art Building
Coffee Break

9:15-11:15 a.m.
Shemin Auditorium, Shaffer Art Building
Panel Discussion: "New Interactions"

“Maithil Women's Tales and Paintings: Tracking Between Expressive Forms”
Coralynn Davis
Associate professor of women’s and gender studies and of anthropology, Bucknell University

“Little, Great, and Monstrous Traditions: The Genealogies of Contemporary Indian Monumental Icons”
Kajri Jain
Associate professor of Indian visual culture and contemporary art, University of Toronto in Mississiauga (Ontario)

“Lambani Banjara Women of Karnataka: Retention, Invention and Transformation as seen in the work of Matrabai and Shanti bai”
Nora Fisher
Curator emerita of textiles and costumes, Museum of International Folk Art in Santa Fe, N.M.
Lakshmi Narayan
Project and Design Consultant, Sandur Kushala Kala Kendra

Moderator: Iftikhar Dadi, associate professor and chair of art, Cornell University

11:15-11:30 a.m.
Atrium, Shaffer Art Building
Coffee Break

11:30 a.m.-Noon
Shemin Auditorium, Shaffer Art Building
Screening: "Likhiya: Writing Stories With Mithila Art" (World Premiere)
Produced by Tula Goenka, with Susan Wadley

Noon-1 p.m.
Shemin Auditorium, Shaffer Art Building
Lecture: “MLK Jr., Scroll Painters, and Tara Books”
Arthur Flowers
Associate professor of English, Syracuse University

Moderator: Carol Babiracki, associate professor of music history and cultures, SU

1-2 p.m.
Atrium, Shaffer Art Building
Lunch Break
Adjourn


In conjunction with the symposium, Rani Jha will spend nine days at SU, conducting workshops and discussing her paintings. A feminist from rural India, she uses her artwork to raise awareness of social justice issues for women.


Visiting Artist : Rani Jha’s Appearances


February 18-21 (on SU campus)

Wed., February 19 : HOA 500 Art and Architecture at SU, 12:45-2:05 p.m. (341 Eggers)

Thurs., February 20 : REL 324 Religions and Storytelling, 2-3:20 p.m. (341 Eggers)

Fri., February 21 : Public Demo, 2:00 p.m. (205A Maxwell)

Mon., February 24 : Folk Arts and Oral Traditions of India, 5:15-8:00 p.m. (341 Eggers)

February 24-27 (off-campus sites)

Tues., February 25 : Volney Elementary, Fulton, 9:30 a.m.-3:05 p.m. Teacher Training, East Syracuse, 4:00-7:00 p.m. (4983 Brittonfield Parkway Suite 203, East Syracuse)

Wed., February 26 : Onondaga Central, 11:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m.

Thurs., February 27 : EJ Dillion Middle School, Phoenix, 10:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m. Fairley Elementary, Hannibal, 2:00 p.m.

Jha’s residency will culminate with a public workshop on Friday, Feb. 28, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at SUArt Galleries in the Shaffer Art Building

Visiting Artist: Rani Jha

In conjunction with the symposium, Rani Jha (above) will spend nine days at SU, conducting workshops and discussing her paintings. A feminist from rural India, she uses her artwork to raise awareness of social justice issues for women. To schedule a personal appointment or class visit with Jha, contact Emera Bridger Wilson at 315-443-2553 or elbridge@syr.edu.
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Hard copies of the exhibition catalogue will be available for purchase at the Conference registration desk (see schedule) or online at http://www.mithilapaintings-eaf.org/traveling_exhibition.html