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When All That Is Solid Melts into Air

UC Berkeley Art Museum Pacific Film Archive

The exhibit tells the story of the momentous social and artistic transformations that unfolded between the "modern" and the "folk" within the political and historical context of postcolonial India. Following its independence in 1947, India embarked on a course of accelerated modernization. Artists and intellectuals turned to folk traditions hoping that the communitarian ethos would engender an alternative discourse around postcolonial modernity.


This is what SF/Arts curator Christian L. Frock has to say about When All That Is Solid Melts into Air :

This exhibition considers the social transformation that arose in postcolonial India, following the country’s independence in 1947, and draws on the museum’s extensive collection of contemporary folk art by Mithila, Warli, and Gond artists, as well as modern and contemporary artists Sunil Janah, Gauri Gill, Rajesh Vangad, Jagdish Swaminathan, and filmmakers Nina Paley and Amit Dutta.

Event Info
Mar 04 → May 24
Wed. - Sun., 11 - 7
Free to $14
Berkeley Art Museum Pacific Film Archive
2155 Center Street , Berkeley
Info: 5106420808
Venue: 510/642-0808
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