Painted Songs & Stories: Contemporary Gond Art from India
Sept. 3 – Oct. 25
Opening events: talk, performance and reception on Sept. 3 at 5 p.m.
Brightly colorful depictions of tribal mythology delight the eye during this exhibition of contemporary Gond art from central India, curated by John H. Bowles. He is author of "Painted Songs & Stories: The Hybrid Flowerings of Contemporary Pardhan Gond Art," published in 2009 by INTACH (Indian National Trust for Art and Cultural Heritage). The Gonds are a tribal people who first came to popular international attention through Rudyard Kipling’s "Jungle Book," which describes them as “. . . the oldest race in India — the aboriginal owners of the land.” Gond artists Venkat Raman Singh Shyam and Saroj Shyam will attend the exhibition opening. In the center of the gallery's floor, Saroj Shyam will create a ritual digna (a traditional design applied by the Gonds to the walls and floors of their homes).