Museums / Galleries
Interwoven Globe: The Worldwide Textile Trade, 1500–1800 (Met Museum, NY)
Interwoven Globe: The Worldwide Textile Trade, 1500–1800
Venue: Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, NY
Dates: September 16, 2013–January 5, 2014
Details: Beginning in the sixteenth century, the golden age of European exploration in search of spice routes to the east brought about the flowering of an abundant textile trade. Textiles often acted as direct currency for spices, as well as other luxury goods. Textiles and textile designs made their way throughout the globe, from India and Asia to Europe, between India and Asia and Southeast Asia, from Europe to the east, and eventually west to the American colonies. Trade textiles blended the traditional designs, skills, and tastes of all of the cultures that produced them, resulting in objects that are both beautiful and historically fascinating.
Clothing, Culture & Context in South Asia: Selections from the Helen Louise Allen Textile Collection (Madison, WI)
Clothing, Culture & Context in South Asia: Selections from the Helen Louise Allen Textile Collection
Venue: Ruth Davis Design Gallery, The University of Wisconsin, Madison, Wisconsin
Dates: September 8 – October 20, 2013
Details: A turquoise and coral encrusted headdress worn by Ladakhi women. Plain-woven khadi (hand-woven cloth using hand-spun yarn), simple in appearance but complex in political meaning. These represent the vibrant and symbolic textiles that will be on display in Clothing, Culture & Context in South Asia from September 8 – October 20, 2013 with an opening reception September 6 from 5-7pm.
Echoes: Islamic Art and Contemporary Artists (Nelson-Atkins Museum, Kansas City, MO)
Echoes: Islamic Art and Contemporary Artists
Venue: The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Kansas City, Missouri
Dates: August 31, 2013 – April 27, 2014
Details: Echoes juxtaposes historical objects and architecture from the Nelson-Atkins collections with works by contemporary artists that employ traditional Islamic styles, materials and subject matter as their source. Framed beneath the Museum's stunning 17th century Persian mosaic arch, visitors will see how contemporary artists are drawing upon their cultural and visual past to explore personal, political, and aesthetic concerns.
Resource: Bose Archives
Details: We are pleased to announce the launch of the Bose Archives. The Bose Archives was founded in 2008 by Arani and Shumita Bose to document the contribution of the South Asian contemporary art community.
Our main goal is to provide a unique insight into the contemporary South Asian art practice by documenting and interpreting important visual art collections. In addition to a digital repository of visual arts material, the Bose Archives will offer a digital study center where researchers can access articles, bibliographies, interviews and other critical scholarship relating to South Asian art history.
Please also visit our blog to learn about our collections, access interviews and other features and to help us in our aim to document the diverse history of the South Asian contemporary art practice
For inquiries, please contact Anita Sharma, Director of the Bose Archives at firstname.lastname@example.org.
LACMA: Image Library News: Free High-Resolution Images
Venue: Los Angeles County Museum of Art
Details: The Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) is pleased to announce that it will provide access to free high-resolution images of the museum’s rich encyclopedic collection through its newly created Image Library (http://www.lacma.org/art/imagelibrary.aspx).
Freer: Arts of the Indian Subcontinent and the Himalayas
New Installation at the Freer Gallery of Art
Venue: Freer Gallery of Art, Washington DC
Details: "I am over my head in love with India!" said Charles Lang Freer, founder of the Smithsonian's Freer Gallery of Art, in an 1894 letter he wrote home from his first trip to the subcontinent. Now, visitors to the gallery will be able to share in Mr. Freer's enthusiasm when the gallery inaugurates a new long-term installation, showcasing the extraordinary range of South Asian and Himalayan art in the collection—considered to be among the most important in the world. "Arts of the Indian Subcontinent and the Himalayas" remains open indefinitely, with periodic rotations of light-sensitive objects.