Special Topics: Visual Cultures of/in India - Nineteenth Century to the Present
Th 1:00-4:00 pm
G-026 Tisch
3 Credit Seminar

With the emergence of India as a global power today, its visual culture - modern art, Bollywood, fashion - is now recognized as participating in a global image world. Responding to this vast network of image circulation, this course aims to historically understand the terrains of the production, circulation, and consumption of India's visual culture from the 19th century to the present. From contemporary art to Bollywood music in Moulin Rouge (2001), from imperial exhibitions in London to Le Corbusier's work in India, HA 394 locates this history in context to colonialism, nationalism, postcolonialism, globalization, as well as contemporary political-cultural issues. We will examine a variety of material, ranging from modern art, cinema, and architecture to popular prints, photography, and new media. Some of the issues that this course addresses include the relationship between colonial art and Indian traditions, experiences of colonial and post-colonial urbanity, the (dis)junctures between popular and elite art forms, and India's participation in a global art world. No prior knowledge of Indian history or art history is required. Format: Lecture and classroom discussion. Readings: We will use Barbara D. Metcalf and Thomas R. Metcalf, A Concise History of Modern India (New York: Cambridge University Press, 2006) to understand the historical context. Other readings will be placed as electronic reserve. C,3,4