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DISPLAYING TIME: THE MANY TEMPORALITIES OF THE FESTIVAL OF INDIA. Rebecca M. Brown. University of Washington Press, Seattle, 2017. Global South Asia. 246 pp. with 90 ills. (20 col.). 26 x 18 cm. LC 2016-23732 ISBN 9780295999944 In English.
Paperbound edition also available; see Worldwide 176938. Publisher's description: From the fluttering fabric of a tent, to the blurred motion of the potter's wheel, to the rhythm of a horse puppet's wooden hooves -- these scenes make up a set of mid-1980s art exhibitions as part of the U.S. Festival of India. The festival was conceived at a meeting between Indira Gandhi and Ronald Reagan to strengthen relations between the two countries at a time of late Cold War tensions and global economic change, when America's image of India was as a place of desperate poverty and spectacular fantasy. Displaying Time unpacks the intimate, small-scale durations of time at work in the gallery from the transformation of clay into ceramic to the one-on-one, personal encounters between museum visitors and artists. Using extensive archival research and interviews with artists, curators, diplomats, and visitors, Rebecca Brown analyses a selection of museum shows that were part of the Festival of India to unfurl new exhibitionary modes: the time of transformation, of interruption, of potential and the future, as well as the contemporary and the now.
Indexing: Western, Non-Western in a Western Style — India — Post-1970 — Several Media
Plans: 71,55
Worldwide Number: 176937
Hardcover $90.00    

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