Saturday, 10 October 2015

Book Launch | Baroda: A Cosmopolitan Provenance in Transition

Date: 14 October 2015, Wednesday
Time: 5.15pm
Venue: ST Lee Atrium, NUS Museum
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5.15pm - 6pm [Introductions]
Welcome address by Madhvi Subrahmanian
Making of the Book with Editor Priya Maholay-Jaradi

6pm - 7pm [Panel Discussion]

Provincial Locations and a Cosmopolitan Asian Art, moderated by Ahmad Mashadi (Head, NUS Museum)

with Dr Gauri Krishnan (Director, India Heritage Centre),
Savita Apte (Director, Independent Art Historian),
Tan Boon Hui (Asst. CE, Museums & Programmes, National Heritage Board and Incoming Vice President Global Arts and Cultural Programmes & Director, Asia Society Museum, NY),
Farah Wardani (Resource Centre, National Gallery Singapore) and
Siddharta Perez (Assistant Curator, NUS Museum)

7pm - 8pm [Book launch]
Keynote address by Prof Vineeta Sinha (Head, South Asian
Studies Programme, NUS)
Closing address by Prof Prasenjit Duara (Raffles Professor of Humanities, NUS & Director of Asia Research Institute)

An oft-asked question in auction rooms and art galleries is: What is the provenance of this artwork? Where does it come from? Baroda: A Cosmopolitan Provenance in Transition establishes Baroda as a “centre” for art production; a place from where a wide range of visual arts originate.

Join us as we celebrate the Singapore launch of the publication! The accompanying panel discussion on occasion of the launch aims to move beyond the “Baroda/India” story to emphasize how several such seemingly non-metropolitan centres have an important bearing on the making of an Asian art. Directors of Asian museums, biennales and art fairs alongside academics specializing in Asian studies are invited to locate this work in a larger Asian context and offer ideas for new research on provincial Asias.

About the Editor
Priya Maholay-Jaradi, former Curator at the Asian Civilisations Museum, Singapore, is an independent art historian. She has an MA in Art History from SOAS, London and a PhD from NUS. She has initiated a post-doctoral project, Asian Collection Studies at the IIAS, Leiden and authored books on paintings and photographs of the Parsis and Parsi Portraits from the Studio of Raja Ravi Varma. Fashioning a National Art: Baroda's Royal Collection and Crafts (1875-1924) is forthcoming with Oxford University Press, New Delhi.

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