Divine Artefacts: Stella Kramrisch and Art History in the Twentieth Century


10.45 – 18.30, Friday 7 December 2012 (with registration from 10.15)
10.00 – 12.30, Saturday 8 December 2012 (with registration from 09.30)
Research Forum South Room

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Stella KramrischStella Kramrisch at Himalayan Art installation at the Philadelphia Museum of Art in 1978. © Archives of the Philadelphia Museum of Art.

Speaker(s): Daud Ali (University of Pennsylvania); Rituparna Basu (Bijoy Krishna Girls College, Howrah, India); Sria Chatterjee (Princeton University); Sylvia Houghteling (Yale University); Deborah Klimburg-Salter (Institute for Art History, University of Vienna); Brinda Kumar (Cornell University); Darielle Mason (Stella Kramrisch Curator of Indian and Himalayan Art, Philadelphia Museum of Art); Michael Meister (University of Pennsylvania); Jayaram Poduval (MS University Baroda)

Ticket/entry details: Open to all, free admission but due to limited space advance booking is required. Book online here: http://courtauld-institute.digitalmuseum.co.uk

Organised by: Deborah Sutton (University of Lancastery), Deborah Swallow (The Courtauld Institute of Art) and Sarah Turner (University of York)

This symposium will address the pivotal role of Stella Kramrisch’s writings on South Asian art in the twentieth century, and the international impact of her work in Europe, India and the United States, placing these within a wider global art historical context. Her scholarship on the art, architecture and visual cultures of South Asia remains redoubtable, even canonical, although her arguments often find little currency in contemporary scholarship on the materials she studied. Equally considerable is the material legacy of her work as a collector, connoisseur and curator of Indian art. Often employing the services of the Swiss-born photographer, Raymond Burnier, Kramrisch established an extremely important visual archive of Indian sculpture which she made public in Britain, India and the United States through her publications, lectures and exhibitions.

This symposium brings together an international group of scholars working on different aspects of Kramrisch's work and career. This series of papers and round-table discussion will map the current field of research on Kramrisch's work and life. Papers will consider biographical, intellectual and practical aspects of Kramrisch's work and the networks in which she framed and formed her work. Held at The Courtauld Institute of Art, where Kramrisch lectured in the second half of the 1930s, this symposium will also be of interest to those working on the art-historiography of South Asia.

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Programme includes keynote lecture from Professor Michael Meister (W Norman Brown Professor in South Asian Studies, Department of History of Art, University of Pennsylvania).
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This event has been made possible by the generous support of the Henry Moore Foundation, University of Lancaster, University of York and RA Association.

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