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I will be spending the 2017-18 year at the Heidelberg Centre for Transcultural Studies with support from the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation. I will be working on a book on contemporary art after the liberalization of India's economy. More information is found here.

The long-awaited exhibition of Bhupen Khakhar's work at Tate Modern opens this coming week. I am delighted to be going to the opening and then returning on July 2 to do a public program at Tate on Bhupen Khakhar's work. That program is the last event in a workshop organized by the Paul Mellon Centre, Asia Art Archive, and Tate called "Showing, Telling, Seeing: Exhibiting South Asian Art in Britain." I will give a new paper on Triangle Network and Gasworks in collaboration with Naiza Khan.

When I did my dissertation research in Baroda, I spent a few months going through Jyoti Bhatt's extraordinary archive of photography and hearing his stories. When I became interested in secularism, I put aside that research for another time. And so I was delighted to contribute an essay about his practice to a volume called Baroda: A Cosmopolitan Provenance in Transition edited by Priya Maholy Jaradi and published by Marg.

This volume roughly coincided with the Asia Art Archive's publishing their digitized version of his papers and photographs.

A bunch of nice things have happened to The Art of Secularism lately. A few months ago, a beautiful paperback edition was released in India by OUP Delhi. You can see it here: http://bit.ly/1rZYdf2

Then, the book was named a New Republic book of the year on global issues. See the story by Kapil Komireddi here: http://www.newrepublic.com/article/120663/best-global-non-fiction-2014

And finally, the first academic review of the book was published in the Museum Anthropology Review. It was written by Ken George, whose work I have long admired, and even reviewed for that same publication. That link is here: http://scholarworks.iu.edu/journals/index.php/mar/article/view/13634

The Oxford University Press edition of The Art of Secularism was released on July 1.

OUP's listing for the book is here: http://global.oup.com/academic/product/the-art-of-secularism-97801993354...

Amazon is currently offering a modest discount: http://www.amazon.com/Art-Secularism-Cultural-Modernist-Contemporary/dp/....

Residents of the UK should of course go no further than Hurst & Co for their copies. http://www.hurstpublishers.com/book/the-art-of-secularism/

Mithu Sen's solo exhibition, Border Unseen, opens at the Broad MSU on April 25. The show is a massive installation in dental polymer, tracing a pink toothy line across a long prism-shaped room. This is the first of Mithu's teeth works installed on suspended armature, so it requires a lot of on-site installation time and collaboration with the fantastic Broad team. It is all quite exciting.

See the exhibition's page here: http://broadmuseum.msu.edu/exhibitions/mithu-sen-border-unseen

Congratulations to Ram Rahman and Jessica Moss on their Forbes India Art Award for best "exhibition of Indian art curated on an international stage." I was there in the front, watching Ram accept the award with a perfect mix of self-ridicule and seriousness. As he said, because the award goes to Sahmat, it goes to the entire art community.

I'm also happy to report that the North American tour of the exhibition will be extended through 2015.

More information on the awards is here: http://forbesindia.com/awards/artawards/winners.html

I am so delighted that Naiza Khan was honored for her extraordinary body of work, including of course the exhibition we did at the Broad.

The Prince Claus Fund people made a video about her work that I think captures part of what makes Naiza so special: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ibtzFA_SkE8

On December 15, 2013, I gave a talk entitled "Past Futures of Old Media: Gulammohammed Sheikh's Kaavad: Travelling Shrine: Home" at the lecture series curated by Pushpamala N. at Suresh Jayaram's innovative art space in Bangalore, 1 Shanthiroad. It was a great crowd and an excellent first experience in one of the most exciting art towns in India.

Naiza Khan: Karachi Elegies opened at the Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum at MSU on February 23, 2013. The show surveyed Naiza's work since 2007 and included two extraordinary large oil paintings made for the exhibition. It was accompanied by a volume on Naiza's work co-published by the Broad and Art AsiaPacific and edited by H.G. Masters.

For details see http://broadmuseum.msu.edu/exhibitions/karachi-elegies

The first comprehensive exhibition of the Sahmat Collective's activities to appear in a museum outside of the United States opened on February 13, 2013 at the University of Chicago. The show is curated by Ram Rahman and Jessica Moss. I have an essay in the extensive catalog, along with Geeta Kapur, Prabhat Patnaik, William Mazzarella, Madan Gopal Singh, and Rebecca Zorach.

The Peabody Essex Museum presented the most comprehensive exhibition of modern Indian art in February 2013. Midnight to the Boom was the last exhibition curated at the PEM by Susan Bean, and it was accompanied by a catalog published by Thames & Hudson. I have an essay in the catalog, along with Rebecca Brown, Ajay Sinha, Beth Citron, and Susan, as well as an interview that Susan conducted with Homi Bhabha. An excellent show!

See http://www.pem.org/exhibitions/149-midnight_to_the_boom_painting_in_indi...

Join us December 21-22, 2012 in New Delhi for an American Institute for Indian Studies Thematic Workshop convened by Karin Zitzewitz, Sumathi Ramaswamy (History, Duke), Arvind Rajagopal (Media/Communications, NYU), and Rebecca M. Brown (Art History, Johns Hopkins).

Synopsis and registration information

In the Fall of 2012, six speakers will come to MSU to discuss the relationship between media, art, and political change in the wake of the Arab Spring. Speakers include theorists Jessica Winegar (Anthropology, Northwestern), Nora Taylor (History of Art, School of the Art Institute of Chicago), and Peggy Wang (History of Art, Bowdoin College) and artists Hamdi Attia, Mariam Ghani, and Jaishri Abichandani. Join us!

See series details.

I gave a talk, "Beyond the Nation: M. F. Husain in Qatar," at the first annual conference of the Association for Modern and Contemporary Art of the Arab World, Iran, and Turkey, in collaboration with Mathaf: Arab Museum of Modern Art, Doha, Qatar, December 16-17, 2010.

Mathaf: Arab Museum of Modern Art will formally open on December 30 of this year. The first public museum of its kind, the 6000 works were originally collected by Sheikh Hassan. The museum was created as part of the Qatar Foundation.

I will be giving a lecture this week on "Gandhi's Influence on Modern Indian Art." The lecture is on Friday, October 1, at 4 pm at 301 International Center. The series is sponsored by the Kapur Endowment, Asian Studies Center, and Peace and Justice Studies. The lectures are free and open to the public.

A new collection of essays about M. F. Husain, edited by Sumathi Ramaswamy and published by Routledge UK, is now available. My piece is on the public debates of Husain's work, and there are also essays by Sumathi Ramaswamy, Geeta Kapur, David Gilmartin and Barbara Metcalf, Ananya Jahanara Kabir, Veena Das, Ram Rahman, Tapati Guha-Thakurta, Kajri Jain, Susan S. Bean, and Bruce Lawrence, along with a forward by Monica Juneja.