The rich narrative traditions of Indian art in the last centuries BCE largely died out, but starting in the Gupta Period (4th-6th centuries CE) new narrative traditions emerged. Ramayana subjects are among the earliest examples of this revival, and became immensely popular in both the north and south of the subcontinent. This lecture examines these complex developments and offers some observations on their significance to their original viewers.
Of the religious traditions with origins on the Indian subcontinent, Jainism is the least known in the West. Jains comprise less than one percent of India’s population, but the Jain community has exerted a powerful influence on Indian culture for more than 2,500 years since the life of its founder, Mahavira. Nonviolence (ahimsa) is at the core of the teachings and profoundly informs Jain ethics and practices to this day.
Prof. Sloboda is a specialist in 18th and 19th century British visual and material culture. Her main research interests include the history of design and the decorative arts, geographies of art, and global design history. Her book Chinoiserie: Commerce and Critical Ornament in Eighteenth-Century Britain was published by Manchester University Press in 2014. She is also co-editor of Eighteenth-Century Art Worlds: Global and Local Geographies of Art (Bloomsbury, 2018), and editor of A Cultural History of Interiors in the Age of Enlightenment, 1650-1800, also forthcoming from Bloomsbury in 2018.
Mrs. Poster is an independent curator and a consultant on museum strategic planning in New York, specializing in Asian Art. She is Curator Emerita of Asian Art at the Brooklyn Museum, where she was Curator and Chair of the Asian Art Department from 1989 to 2006. A recognized expert in the field of Asian art history, she has curated numerous special exhibitions and edited and authored their affiliated catalogues. She presently serves on numerous art advisory committees, including the Rubin Museum, Islamic Art Visiting Committee of The Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Board of the Japanese Art Society of America, the International Committee...