Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya

(Formerly Prince of Wales Museum of Western India)

Dr. Desai Endowment Art History Lecture Series

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Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya announces a Curatorial seminar under the Dr. Devangana Desai Endowment Programme -

The Opportunities and Challenges of Exhibiting Indian Art in the 21st-Century
Friday, February 15 – Sunday, February 17, 2019
11 am – 4 pm daily

Venue: Auditorium, Visitors’ Centre

Workshop Summary

This practice-oriented intensive workshop will provide postgraduate students with skills necessary should they wish to pursue a curatorial career, and will offer museum professionals a chance to learn new approaches. Participants will learn how to conceptualize a dynamic suite of galleries devoted to Indian Art. Together, we will first gain a working knowledge of material and visual culture produced in India over the past five millennia. Next we will review voices and visions guiding the display of Indian art in Europe, North America, and India since the late Middle Ages. Thereafter, as a case study, we will study the forms and functions of select objects in the permanent collections of CSMVS. Subsequently we will confer with specialists on the physical condition of the objects, propose provisional object groupings, gauge public interest in particular object through focus-group testing, revise groupings based on feedback received from stakeholders, and learn to develop stimulating and engaging interpretative materials.

Eligibility: This workshop is open to a total of 25 participants. Participants must have completed at least a Master’s degree or be pursuing their Master’s degree from a recognized Indian university. Additionally, they could have one of the following: (a) or (b).

(a) be working towards their MPhil and PhD degrees in related fields
            or
(b) be employed in at public/private museums, archives or cultural institutions in India

Application Process: Individuals wishing to participate must submit a completed Application Form and attach a one-page Resumé to the form

Application Deadline

Last date for application submission is Sunday, 30th December 2018

Brochure for the workshop Click here to download

About the Speaker

Dr. Nachiket Chanchani, who conceptualized this program is Associate Professor, Department of the History of Art and Department of Asian Languages and Cultures, College of Literature, Science, and Arts and Adjunct Professor Law School, University of Michigan, and Consulting Curator of South and Southeast Asian Art, Detroit Institute of Arts.