Sydney Asian Art Series- Transcultural Attractions: Photographs of an Indian Dancer Ajay Sinha

29 May 2018

The University of Sydney’s China Studies Centre, The Power Institute and VisAsia, with support from the Art Gallery of New South Wales, are proud to present the second of our Sydney Asian Art Series talks for 2018, with a lecture by Ajay Sinha; Professor, Art History, Asian Studies and Film Studies Programs, Mount Holyoke College, U.S.A.

In the Spring of 1938, an Indian dancer, Ram Gopal, posed in a variety of fantastical costumes for the American photographer, Carl Van Vechten, in New York City. Studying the resulting series of 100 remarkable, large-size photographs, the lecture builds an illustrated story of mutual fascination and transcultural exchanges triggered by the camera placed between the dancer and the photographer during the photoshoot. 

Ajay Sinha is Professor of Art History, Asian Studies, and Film Studies programs at Mount Holyoke College, U.S.A. As a specialist of South Asian visual and material culture, his research areas include the history of ancient religious architecture, as well as modern and contemporary art, photography and film in India. His scholarship and teaching are informed by post-colonial theories, perspectives on global modernities, as well as critical media and technology studies. Publications include Imagining Architects: Creativity in Indian Temple Architecture (2000), and a volume of essays on Indian film, co-edited with Raminder Kaur, titled Bollyworld: Popular Indian Cinema through a Transnational Lens (2005). His current, book-length work relates to transcultural photography, and tells a story of interactions between the cultural worlds of India and the U.S.A. documented in a set of over 100 photographs of an Indian dancer, Ram Gopal, who posed for an American photographer, Carl Van Vechten, in New York City in 1938. Mount Holyoke College, U.S.A. 

 

The Sydney Asian Art Series 

The Sydney Asian Art Series presents leading international voices on early, modern and contemporary Asian art. This three-year series of talks and events is co-presented by the University of Sydney’s China Studies Centre, The Power Institute, and VisAsia, with support from the Art Gallery of New South Wales and Sydney Ideas 

Event details

  • When: 6.00pm - 7.30pm
  • Where:

    Old Geology Lecture Theatre

    The University of Sydney

    Camperdown, NSW 2006

     

     

  • Cost: Free
  • Contact:

    The Power Institute 

    powerinstitute.events@sydney.edu.au 

    +61 2 9351 4211 

    Room 313, 

    RC Mills Building A26

    Fisher Road

    University of Sydney

    NSW 2006 Australia 

  • More info: https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/sydney-asian-art-series-transcultural-attractions-photographs-of-an-indian-dancer-tickets-43466938784
  • Sponsored by: Co-presented by the University of Sydney’s China Studies Centre, The Power Institute, and VisAsia, with support from the Art Gallery of New South Wales and Sydney Ideas.


Sydney Asian Art Series- Transcultural Attractions: Photographs of an Indian Dancer Ajay Sinha

Where

Old Geology Lecture Theatre

The University of Sydney

Camperdown, NSW 2006

 

 

When

29 May 2018


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