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"From Goddess to Pin Up: Icons of Femininity in Indian Calender Art"
2001-10-04 until 2002-01-19
IndoCenter, Indo Center of Art and Culture
New York, NY,
USA United States of America
The IndoCenter of Art and Culture is honored to host the exhibition From Goddess to Pin-up:
Icons of Femininity in Indian Calendar Art. As an
institution dedicated to bringing a wide spectrum
of contemporary South Asian art to their
audiences, the IndoCenter is particularly pleased to present
this landmark show on a vital, and largely
neglected popular Indian art form. Calendar, or
bazaar art, is perhaps the most ubiquitous form
of visual culture in contemporary India, gazing
down upon millions of people from office and
kitchen walls, to shop counters, motor vehicles,
temples and roadsides.
Co-curated by Dr. Patricia Uberoi and Pooja
Sood, this exhibition is drawn from the collection
of Indian calendar of Professor J.P.S. Uberoi and
Dr. Uberoi have put together over thirty years.
The exhibition focuses on the representation of
women in calendar art from the 1960s onwards.
From the devotional and nationalistic to the
glamorous pin-up and advertisement, the
calendars reveal the ways that commercial, political, religious and social interests
converge on images of the female body.
From Goddess to Pinup comes to the IndoCenter after touring India, the
Netherlands and Japan and will be on view at from October 4, 2001 through January
In conjunction with the exhibition, the IndoCenter has organized a broad range of
programming, including lectures, performances, and film screenings to explore
calendar art and its relationship to other forms of popular culture in South Asia and
Among programming highlights, co-curator Patricia Uberoi deconstructs the use of the
feminine in patriotic calendar imagery on October 11. Later, South Asian-American
artists Shahzia Sikander, Jaishri Abichandani and Annu Matthew will discuss the
variable ways they import and transmute feminine imagery. Lalitha Gopalan, scholar
of popular Indian cinema at George Washington University, will follow-up screenings
of Bollywood classics with a talk that scrutinizes icons of masculinity in the digital age.