Fall 2017 Events

All events are in the Faulconer Gallery unless otherwise noted. Faulconer Gallery exhibitions and events are always free and open to the public.

Gallery Talk: Modernism to Indigenous Arts in Post-Independence India

September 22, 4 p.m.

Umesh Gaur, Ph.D. and Sunanda Gaur, M.D. have one of the largest collections of modern and contemporary Indian art in the world, including the art in Many Visions, Many Versions. In their talk, they will introduce the artists in their collection, many of whom are now internationally famous. They will also provide a context for the work within the rise of modernism at the time of Indian independence in 1947, and the subsequent recognition of modern indigenous traditions.

Opening Reception

September 22, 5–6 p.m. Refreshments will be served.

Yoga in the Gallery with Monica St. Angelo

Mondays and Thursdays, September 25–December 14, 12:15–12:50 p.m. (Except October 16, 19, and November 23)

Enjoy a free 30-minute yoga practice of warming and invigorating poses and a final period of relaxation. All levels welcome. Mats provided. Co-sponsored by Live Well Grinnell.

Gallery Talk: Is the Museum in Indonesia a Colonial Relic?

September 25, 4 p.m.

Jonathan Zilberg is an Associated Research Scholar affiliated at the Central of African Studies at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign.

20 Minutes @ 11 with Timothy Dobe

September 26, 11 a.m.

Timothy Dobe, associate professor of South Asian Religions, will speak about work in Many Visions, Many Versions. Professor Dobe’s research focuses on comparing religions, traditions of sainthood and asceticism, and the history of western imperialism, religious pluralism and modernization. His current book project is focused on M. K. Gandhi's debt to Islam and Muslim leaders in both South Africa and India.

Artists @ Grinnell Residency: Swarna Chitrakar

October 3–9

Swarna Chitrakar was born in Naya, India to a family of Patuas, painter-singers who travel from village to village recounting stories and legends in song while unrolling scroll paintings, one frame at a time. One of the best known in her family, Swarna has participated in major festivals in Australia, Asia, Europe, and North America. Her scrolls and songs explore current socio-political events and issues including HIV/AIDS, child trafficking, and women’s empowerment. She will be accompanied by translator Suravi Sarkar. Co-sponsored by the Institute for Global Engagement and the Departments of Religious Studies and Music.

Demonstrations and Conversation

October 3, 3–5 p.m.
October 5, 2–4 p.m.
October 6 & 9, 3–5 p.m

Gallery Talk

October 4, 4 p.m.

Swarna Chitrakar Swarna Chitrakar will speak about the development and content of her work.

Community Day Demonstration

October 7, 1:30–3 p.m.

Swarna Chitrakar will give public demonstrations of her work in the gallery as part of Community Day.

Writers @ Grinnell: Jamaal May and Tarfia Faizullah

October 5

Roundtable at 4:15 p.m.; Reading at 8 p.m.

Jamaal May’s poetry explores the tension between opposites to render a sonically rich argument for the interconnectivity of people, worlds, and ideas. The author of Hum (2013) and The Big Book of Exit Strategies (2016), and the winner of the American Library Association’s Notable Book Award, the Spirit of Detroit Award, and an NAACP Image Award, he co-directs OW! Arts with Tarfia Faizullah. Bangladeshi-American poet Tarfia Faizullah grew up in Midland, Texas. Her first book, Seam (2014), won the Crab Orchard Series in Poetry First Book Award. Winner of numerous prizes, and a Kundiman fellow, she lives in Detroit, teaches at the University of Michigan and is an editor for the Asian American Literary Review and Organic Weapon Arts Chapbook Series.

Community Day

October 7, 1:30–3 p.m.

See art! Make art! Join us for a variety of activities related to our exhibition of Indian art, Many Visions, Many Versions. Enjoy demonstrations by one of the artists from India, artist and singer Swarna Chitrakar, as well as henna tattoos, storytelling, and hands-on activities.

Gallery Talk: Sarah Laursen

October 23, 4 p.m.

Sarah Laursen, professor of Chinese art history at Middlebury and specialist on 3rd-6th century gold, will speak on her research.

20 Minutes @ 11 with Shuchi Kapila

October 24, 11 a.m.

Shuchi Kapila is Assistant Vice-President and Senior International Officer of the Institute for Global Engagement and professor of English. She will respond to the painting The Marriage of Rama and Sita by Gopal Saha, relating it to the 2008 film, Sita Sings the Blues, considering both Sita’s rejection of the misogyny of society in the original story and Sita as a modern heroine who rejects the misogynist Rama in the film.

Gallery Talk: Metamorphosis—Revisiting History through Art

October 26, 4 p.m.

In this lecture, Visiting International Fellow Edouard Duval-Carrié will discuss his most recent art and curatorial projects. These include artworks that explore literary and visual archives of the Caribbean, such as a print series based on Alejo Carpentier’s novel Kingdom of this World. Discussing the relation of history and place in his works, Duval-Carrié will present on the interface between historical inquiry and artistic creation. Co-sponsored by the Institute for Global Engagement, Artists@Grinnell, Art & Art History Department.

Film Screening: The Tales of the Tribes

November 7, 11 a.m.

The Tales of the Tribes is a 35-minute series of five short animated films of folktales from India, produced by the Adivasi Arts Trust. The film is a collaboration between traditional indigenous artists and digital media artists, exploring tales of mythical origins, village life, local cultural values and the relationship between humans, nature and the supernatural. Stories of the Pardhan Gonds in Madhya Pradesh, the Angami in Nagaland, the Meitei in Manipur, the Tani group in Arunachal Pradesh and the Lepcha in Sikkim are narrated by an animated representation of the renowned ethnographer, Verrier Elwin. Grinnell will be the film’s U.S. premier.

Gallery Talk: Primitive Accumulation: Indigenous Art in Late Capitalism

November 7, 4 p.m.

Rashmi Varma will narrate the story of how Gond painting from central India came to constitute an “invented tradition.” She will critically examine its itinerary from the village to the city to global art museums and art markets, in order to think through the value of indigeneity today. Varma is a professor at the University of Warwick, UK, and her areas of research include feminism in a global context, representations of indigeneity in postcolonial India, and the theory of world literature. Co-sponsored by the Center for the Humanities and the Institute for Global Engagement.

Concert: Fresh Flutes

November 16, 7 p.m.

Under the direction of Claudia Anderson.

Harp Recital

November 21, 7 p.m.

Under the direction of Kristin Maahs

20 Minutes @ 11 with Patrick Inglis

November 28, 11 a.m.

Patrick Inglis, assistant Professor of Sociology and author of Upward Servility: Getting By and Falling Behind in the New India, which will be published by Oxford University Press in 2018, will speak about work in Many Visions, Many Versions.