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!


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).

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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!

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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.