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K.C.S. Paniker’s Editorial Mode: Texts and Painting in Relation

Thursday, February 27, 2020

6:30pm | Campbell 160

McIntire Lecture Series

Rebecca M. Brown, Johns Hopkins University

In 1974, the Progressive Painters’ Association of Madras and the Artists’ Handicrafts Association of Cholamandal Village published a volume entitled Indian Art Since the ‘40s—A Search for Identity. After a series of short essays by well-known critics and artists, the last two-thirds of the volume was taken up with a section called “Plates” in the table of contents. What one finds there is much more: full-page color reproductions of paintings and sculpture, yes, but put in dialogue with one another and with quotes from a wide range of interlocutors, from Isamu Noguchi to the Panchatantra to Oscar Wilde and Carl Jung. Compiled by the founder of the Cholamandal Artists’ Village, K.C.S. Paniker (1911-77), with contributions from artists and critics in the Village, the book constitutes, I argue, a central piece of Paniker's practice as an artist. Taken together with his other major editorial project, the journal Artrends, Paniker sought to think through the work of art making via textual-visual juxtaposition, very much in line with his own practice of painting. Rather than see these editorial projects as a separate activity for Paniker, I understand them as part of his larger project to deconstruct the presumptive solidity of knowledge and knowledge production in the 1960s and 1970s—when language and text failed to capture the implosion of certainty and proliferation of information in the post-war, postcolonial, and post-Nehruvian moment. 


Final Friday Opening - Nick Cave

Friday, February 28, 2020

5 - 7pm | Ruffin Hall

Please join the Studio Art department for the opening of an exhibition of video work by artist Nick Cave, Ruffin’s Distinguished Artist-in-Residence for Spring 2020! 

Cave works in the visual and performing arts across mediums, including sculpture, installation, video, textiles, sound, and performance, to address themes such as race, gender, and class. He is best known for his body suit projects where he creates elaborate sculptural forms at scale with the human body. His is included in the Brooklyn Museum, New York; Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, Bentonville, AR; the High Museum of Art, Atlanta, GA; the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington, D.C.; the Museum of Modern Art, New York; the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago; the National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa; the National Gallery of Victoria, Australia; the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, CA; and the Trapholt Museum, Kolding, Denmark, among others. Cave has received several prestigious awards including: the Art in Embassies International Medal of Arts Honoree (2017), the Americans for the Arts Public Art Network Year in Review Award (2014) in recognition of his Grand Central Terminal performance Heard - NY, the Joan Mitchell Foundation Award (2008), Artadia Award (2006), the Joyce Award (2006), Creative Capital Grants (2002, 2004 and 2005), and the Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation Award (2001). Cave, who received his MFA at the Cranbrook Academy of Art, is Professor and Chairman of the Fashion Department at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.


Landscape Architectural History & the Plant Humanities Colloquium Keynote: Mary Kuhn

Friday, March 27, 2020

5pm | Campbell 158

Assistant Professor, English and Program in Environmental Thought and Practice, UVA Department of English
Landscape Architectural History and the Plant Humanities Colloquium Keynote Lecture 
5pm, Campbell 15


Word and Image/Word in Image: Inscribed Manuscript Paintings from Sixteenth-Century Iran

Thursday, April 2, 2020

6:30pm | Campbell 160

McIntire Lecture Series

Massumeh Farhad Massumeh, National Museum of Asian Art

It has been long accepted that the meaning and content of Persian manuscript paintings are determined by the accompanying text. From the late fifteenth century to the mid-sixteenth century, poetic, religious, and panegyric inscriptions were also inserted into illustrations, adding new connotations to the images and complicating the text/image relationship. This presentation will examine a number of important later Timurid and early Safavid illustrated manuscripts, including the celebrated Tahmasb Shahnama (Book of kings), to examine this artistic development more closely. 


Erich Theophile, co-founder of Kathmandu Valley Preservation Trust

Wednesday, April 8, 2020

Co-founder, Kathmandu Valley Preservation Trust

Kelly Tukee Lecture in Historic Preservation
5pm, Campbell 153


AIA Hanfmann Lecture

Thursday, April 9, 2020

5:30pm | Campbell 160

A. Asa Eger (University of North Carolina at Greensboro)