Faculty Rit Premnath in After Midnight at the Queens Museum

After Midnight
Indian Modernism To Contemporary India 1947/1997

Opening Reception: Mar 7 2015, 5:00pm–7:00pm

Queens Museum
Mar 8 2015 – Jun 28 2015
Flushing Meadows Corona Park
Queens, NY 11368


The era following India’s 1947 independence was marked by the emergence of Indian modern art led by the Progressive Artist Group and their extended friends. A half-century later, the year 1997 signaled the beginning of a new phase with a sudden visibility gained by Indian artists in a newly globalized contemporary art world. After Midnight: Indian Modernism to Contemporary India, 1947/1997 presents the juxtaposition of these two historical periods in Indian art for the first time, examining the modernists from 1947 through the 1970s, and the contemporary from 1997 to the present. Shifting zeitgeists in India’s cultural production are explored, and how these artistic practices regard and contest a geo-political consciousness of the nation through the veins of modernization and globalization are revealed.

A free shuttle bus will be making loops between the Mets-Willets Point 7 train subway station & the museum from 4:30-7:30 pm.

M.F. Husain, S. H. Raza, F.N. Souza, Ram Kumar, Krishen Khanna, V.S. Gaitonde, Tyeb Mehta, and Akbar Padamsee.

CAMP, Nikhil Chopra, Desire Machine Collective, Atul Dodiya, Anita Dube, Sheela Gowda, Shilpa Gupta, Subodh Gupta, Tushar Joag, Jitish Kallat, Tallur L.N., Prajakta Potnis, Sreshta Rit Premnath, Raqs Media Collective, Sharmila Samant, Mithu Sen, Dayanita Singh and Asim Waqif.

Curated by Arshiya Lokhandwala, Ph.D.