We often think of artists and artworks as having stable identities, yet the historical reality of art is far messier, and far more exciting, as objects, artists, and ideas moved across national and cultural boundaries, created between and from multiple cultures. This year’s Sydney Asian Art Series explores examples of such movement and multiplicity from across Asia and the world.
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 third of our Sydney Asian Art Series talks for 2018, with a lecture by Timon Screech; professor of the history of art at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London. … READ MORE
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. Professor Ajay Sinha’s lecture will discuss the resulting series of 100 remarkable, large-size photographs, to build an illustrated story of mutual fascination and transcultural exchanges triggered by the camera placed between the dancer and the photographer during the photoshoot.