This project thinks through what an exhibition does by focusing not on the spatial arrangement of objects and text but instead on the small and large durations and temporalities at play in the gallery. Using the Festival of India—an 18-month complex of over 70 exhibitions that took place across the U.S. in 1985–86—this research seeks out the ways in which demonstrations and performance in the galleries, the long waiting and the sudden breakages involved in kiln firing, the small motions of textiles shifting in the air ventilation all contribute to an exhibitionary temporality, one historically and politically grounded in the mid-1980s. The project thus operates at the 1980s intersection of the politics of the late Cold War, the economics of India’s liberalization and the broader neoliberal turn, and the shifting role of museums as an ostensible space of diplomacy.
Publications: 1 book chapter, 1 journal article, 1 journal article forthcoming, book manuscript in progress
Papers at ACSAA 2011, National Museum of Korea 2011, Walters Art Museum 2012, University of Virginia Museum 2012, The Long 1980s conference (AIIS Delhi) 2012, CAA 2013, Ashers’ Symposium 2014, Syracuse Folk Art Symposium 2014
Image: Installation, National Museum of Natural History, Washington DC, Aditi exhibition