Kajri Jain, Associate Professor of Indian Visual Culture and Contemporary Art at the University of Toronto, will be speaking on March 2 at 5:00 pm in the Gallery 400 Lecture Hall.
Her talk, "The Quality of Quantity: Iconic Exhibition Value in India’s Monumental Statues," presents a chapter from her forthcoming book, Gods in the Time of Democracy, which explores the monumental, iconic statues that have proliferated in India since the 1990s, in tandem with economic liberalization. It examines how this new form of iconopraxis—what people do with icons—expands the ambit and capacities of institutional Hinduism. Analyzing the modes of engagement with icons at specific sites, it considers their implications for Walter Benjamin’s account of cult and exhibition value in his influential Artwork Essay.
Gallery 400 Lecture Hall ADH Art and Design Hall
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