April 25, 2011 to May 27, 2011
Erasing Borders: Art from the Indian Diaspora
Opening Reception with Performance:
April 26, 6:30 pm, Wang Center
April 26, 4:30, Lecture Hall 1
Erasing Borders 2011 is a richly provocative exhibition of work by artists of the Indian diaspora who confront iss ues of sexuality, terror, disease, the environment, racial and sectarian politics and the fluidity of identities in painting, prints, installations, video, and sculpture. With great technical mastery and diversity of theme and style, these works combine traditional Indian aesthetics with Western elements, and speak to the powerful experience of personal and cultural dislocation in the global village.
The opening reception for the exhibition features two newly commissioned dance works performed by Stony Brook University students and faculty: Amy Yopp Sullivan’s Sensorium, in which dancers discover and delight in the new and different in an ethereal dance journey through the artworks; and Malini Srinivasan’s Stealing the Queen’s Royal Jelly, which responds to Reet Das’s painting of the same name by enacting the imagined lives of bees as they collect honey and build a hive.
The reception is preceded by an interactive artists’ panel, which will foreground discussions of the creative process and the experience of diaspora. In its 8th year, Erasing Borders is curated by Vijay Kumar and produced by the Indo-American Arts Council.
Erasing Borders Multimedia Screenings
Tuesday, May 3, 2011 from 6 pm to 7 pm in the Chapel
Thursday, May 5, 2011 from 6 pm to 7 pm in the Zodiac Gallery
Wednesday, May 11, 2011 from 1 pm to 2 pm in the Zodiac Gallery
Wednesday, May 18, 2011 from 1 pm to 2 pm in the Zodiac Gallery
Sara Suleman’s multimedia work explores emotion through the investigation of ethereal and formal qualities of everyday materials in two pieces, Suleman's Converge (2010) and Seen/Unseen (2010). As she creates new meanings through a juxtaposition of Eastern and Western sensibilities, Mumtaz Hussain does the same in Soul of Civilization (2010). With technical and stylistic influences spanning regions and centuries, from ancient archaeology to traditional calligraphy to modern mixed media techniques, his work straddles the cultural divide that separates his native Pakistan from his current life in New York.