Our celebrated art panel will examine the evolution of contemporary art through the eyes of prominent artists in India and USA. Tarik Currimbhoy uses steel for his art and Chitra Ganesh paint. Moderated by Deputy Director of Asian Art Museum Robert Mintz
Classically trained in the arts, industrial design, and architecture, Tarik Currimbhoy is a trifecta of artistic prowess. Having earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts and a Master of Architecture from the Pratt Institute, as well as a Master of Arts from Cornell University, Tarik later went on to teach at both institutions (Drawing at Cornell and Design at Pratt). In both architecture and sculpture, Tarik searches for tranquility, simplicity, and tactility, expressed in purity of both form and material. Inspired by ancient architecture of building blocks resting on each other in tension and compression, Tarik uses handcrafting and ancient casting techniques to create distilled forms driven by these forces of nature. His sculptures are “stories of structure and gravity”, held together under compression in stone and metal.
Across a twenty-year practice, Chitra Ganesh has developed an expansive body of work rooted in drawing and painting, which has evolved to encompass animations, wall drawings, collages, computer generated imagery, video, and sculpture. Informed by studies in literature, semiotics, social theory, science fiction, and mythic texts, Ganesh’s works explore representations of femininity, sexuality, and power absent from the artistic and literary canons. Bodies of work across media often draw upon South Asian, surrealist, and queer iconographic histories. Ganesh holds a BA in Art-Semiotics and Comparative Literature from Brown University, and an MFA from Columbia University. Ganesh’s work has been widely exhibited both nationally and internationally, including solo presentations at the The Kitchen, New York; Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, Philadelphia ; Leslie-Lohman Museum of Art, New York; Rubin Museum of Art, New York; MoMA PS 1, New York; Andy Warhol Museum, Pittsburgh; Brooklyn Sackler Center for Feminist Art; and Göteborgs Konsthall, Sweden.