Fieldwork: Contemporary Art from South Asia

Lecture with Sonal Khullar

Tuesday, July 23, 2019
11:00am – 1:30 pm

July 23—26, 2019
11 am–1:30 pm

This 4-day lecture series will introduce contemporary art from South Asia, which includes the nation-states of India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, and Sri Lanka. Surveying recent exhibitions of South Asian artists in the West, the series examines the new landscape for displaying art from the global South in galleries, museums, and biennales worldwide that has developed since the late 1990s. The series also considers new institutions, exhibitions, and networks that have emerged in twenty-first-century South Asia, finally turning to specific projects in Sri Lanka and India that model innovative forms of artistic inquiry, and offer a critique of the globalizing art world.


Tuesday, July 23: Introduction—South Asia as Art World
Wednesday, July 24: Partition and Contemporary Art
Thursday, July 25: Books and Contemporary Art
Friday, July 26: Site-specificity and Contemporary Art


Sonal Khullar is an associate professor of Art History in the School of Art + Art History + Design at the University of Washington. In addition to her full-time appointment in Art History, Khullar is an adjunct associate professor of Gender, Women, and Sexuality Studies and an affiliate faculty member of the South Asian Studies program in the Jackson School of International Studies. She is the author of Worldly Affiliations: Artistic Practice, National Identity, and Modernism in India, 1930-1990 (University of California Press, 2015), which received the Bernard S. Cohn Book Prize of the Association of Asian Studies in 2017. Her current research focuses on conflict, collaboration, and globalization in contemporary art from South Asia.

Series passes:
Members - $110
Non-Members - $170


Space is limited. Passes are sold for the four-lecture series and are nonrefundable and not interchangeable with other series. Advance registration required. Registrations are processed in the order they are received.


Registration is confirmed by email or mailed receipt. Series passes will be held at Will Call and may be picked up the day of each lecture.


Tickets to individual lectures may be available the day of the lecture on a space-available basis. Members: $30, Non-members: $45. Standby is first-come, first-served, one hour prior to the lecture.


Continuing-education credits and clock hours are available to educators through Seattle Pacific University (SPU). Payments for fees are paid directly to SPU on the first day of series. Do not include payment for fees with your registration. Lecture Series: $50 for one SPU credit; $20 for ten clock hours.


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