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Author Brown, Rebecca M., author

Title Displaying time : the many temporalities of the Festival of India / Rebecca M. Brown
Published Seattle : University of Washington Press, 2017
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Description 1 online resource
Series Global South Asia
Global South Asia.
Contents Flickering light, fluttering textiles -- An interruption : Derridean temporality at the Festival -- Material transformations : clay, terracotta, trash -- Time, interrupted : people in the gallery -- Entrepreneurial exhibits -- The contemporary, at a distance -- Setting up the tent anew
Summary From the fluttering fabric of a tent, to the blurred motion of the potters wheel, to the rhythm of a horse puppets wooden hoovesthese scenes make up a set of mid-1980s art exhibitions as part of the U.S. Festival of India. The festival was conceived at a meeting between Indira Gandhi and Ronald Reagan to strengthen relations between the two countries at a time of late Cold War tensions and global economic change, when Americas image of India was as a place of desperate poverty and spectacular fantasy. "Displaying Time" unpacks the intimate, small-scale durations of time at work in the gallery from the transformation of clay into ceramic to the one-on-one, personal encounters between museum visitors and artists. Using extensive archival research and interviews with artists, curators, diplomats, and visitors, Rebecca Brown analyzes a selection of museum shows that were part of the Festival of India to unfurl new exhibitionary modes: the time of transformation, of interruption, of potential and the future, as well as the contemporary and the now
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
Notes Online resource; title from PDF title page (EBSCO, viewed May 9, 2017)
Subject Festival of India in the United States (1985-1986)
Art -- Exhibition techniques.
Time and art.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 0295999950 (electronic bk.)
9780295999951 (electronic bk.)