Friday, June 5, 2015

Review: Indian artists look westward, and homeward, at NYC's Queens Museum

By Holland Cotter
Subodh Gupta’s “What Does the Vessel Contain That the River Does Not?,” from 2014, a found boat piled high with found objects and utensils, fabric, steel, found fishing net, bamboo, rope and plastic pipe. Credit Hiroko Masuike/The New York Times
NEW YORK---In 1997, Jane Farver, the farsighted and much-loved American curator who died in April in Venice, put together an influential exhibition called “Out of India: Contemporary Art of the South Asian Diaspora” at the Queens Museum. In addition to India, countries of origin included Canada, Britain, Kenya, Tanzania and Thailand. Now, almost two decades later, that exhibition’s successor, “After Midnight: Indian Modernism to Contemporary India, 1947/1997,” is at the same museum. This time all of the artists are South Asian-born. [link]

Queens Museum: “After Midnight: Indian Modernism to Contemporary India, 1947/1997” (Ends Sept. 16, 2015); New York City Building, Flushing Meadows-Corona Park; (718) 592-9700;