Art History and Art Practice in India and their Discontents in Global Times

Parul Dave Mukherji, Fellow at the Clark Art Institute in Williamstown, Massachusetts. 5pm.

Parul Dave Mukherji is a Professor in the Department of Visual Studies, School of Arts and Aesthetics at Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, India. Earlier, she taught at the Department of Art History and Aesthetics, Faculty of Fine Arts, M S University in Baroda. From 2002, she became the co-convener of the Forum on Contemporary Theory and co-editor of the Journal of Contemporary Thought.

Her current research focuses on Indian art historiography, the politics of visual representation and the question of caste and gender in the study of early treatises of Indian art and aesthetics. It also involves working out a theoretical framework for comparative aesthetics to set up a conversation across disciplinary boundaries of critical theory and traditional theories of visual representation.

Mukherji’s publications include two co-edited books: Towards A New Art History: Studies in Indian Art  (New Delhi, 2003) and Rethinking Modernity (New Delhi, 2005) and recent articles “Whither Art History in a Globalizing World,” Art Bulletin Vol. 96, no 2 (June 2014) and “Popular Festivals, Populist Visual Culture and the Modi Masks” in Bilgrami, Akeel (ed) Democratic Culture: Historical and Philosophical Essays (Routledge, 2011).