Modern and Contemporary Art from India
February 25, 2011 through September 4, 2011, San Jose Museum of Art
Related Events
THU, FEB 24, 2011     |    7:30-9 PM
Spring Members’ Opening Reception
Be among the first to see Roots in the Air, Branches Below: Modern and Contemporary Art from India and celebrate the opening of this landmark exhibition, as well as the exhibitions Robert Mapplethorpe: Portraits and Beta Space: Kevin Appel and Ruben Ochoa. Light refreshments and a cash bar. Free to members.

RSVP to 408.271.6887 or
WED , MAR 2, 2011     |    12 PM
Lunchtime Lecture: Understanding and Collecting Contemporary Indian Art
Dipti Mathur has built a highly regarded collection of modern and contemporary Indian art. Her ongoing interests lie in working with institutions in the US on promoting a broader cross-cultural understanding and study of contemporary Indian art. Ms. Mathur has served on the Board of Trustees of the Seattle Art Museum and the Seattle Asian Art Museum. She currently serves on the Collections Committee of the Asia Society Museum, New York, and on the Contemporary Art Advisory Panel of the San Francisco Asian Art Museum. She is one of the Founding Members of the Asian Contemporary Art Consortium, San Francisco. She discusses the growing international market for contemporary Indian art and pivotal major artists.
THU, MAR 3, 2011     |    6-9 PM
Artrage: “Bãtchít”
Enjoy Bollywood-style beats from DJ Samir, specialty cocktails, creative art experiences, and social networking. Our popular after-hours event will incorporate the “Bãtchìt” (pronounced “Baatcheet”), inspired by the Hindi word for “conversation” and the Japanese presentation model, pechu kucha. Rapid-fire, fast-paced, energetic multi-media presentations will showcase contemporary South Asian culture from fashion to film. $5 (members 2-for-1).

This program is the first in the series “Bãtchìt Around the Bay,” a project of the South Asian Art Collective that will include Bãtchìt events at the University of California Berkeley’s Center for South Asia Studies and the Asian Art Museum, San Francisco, in 2011–12.
FRI, MAR 18, 2011     |    9-11 PM
Opening Celebration : San Francisco International Asian Film Festival
SJMA is pleased to host the Opening Night Gala in San Jose for the San Francisco International Asian Film Festival, presented by the Center for Asian American Media. This year’s festival highlights South Asian film. Following the premiere of the feature film (location to be announced), gather at the Museum to mix and mingle with filmmakers and special guests over dessert and drinks. Ticket prices and details to be announced. Watch for more information.
FRI, MAR 25, 2011     |    7-10 PM
Kaleidoscope: Eat. Play. Shop.
The ticketed event provides music; dance; chaat delicacies; and glamorous fashion show of Indo-American inspired women’s apparel from India, hand-worked and one-of-a-kind masterpieces, and a rich array of jewelry, accessories, and crafts available for purchase. Ticket prices to be announced.
THU, MAR 31, 2011     |    12 PM
Gallery Talk
Join Kristen Evangelista, associate curator and curator of the exhibition Roots in the Air, Branches Below: Modern and Contemporary Art from India, for an insightful tour. Free with Museum admission.
WED, APR 6, 2011     |    12-1 PM
Lunchtime Lecture: A Historical Survey of Indian Modern Art
Santhi Kavuri-Bauer, who teaches modern and contemporary Asian art history at San Francisco State University, will look at modern Indian art from the 1900s to the 1980s in the context of Indian history, culture, and politics. Lunchtime Lectures take place on the first Wednesday of the month in the Charlotte Wendel Education Center. Visitors are welcome to bring food and beverages. Free.
SAT, APR 16, 2011     |    1-3 PM
DIY Art : Roots in the Air, Branches Below
Find inspiration in the exhibition Roots in the Air, Branches Below, which features work by artists from India and includes imagery derived from traditional depictions of beloved Indian deities, from Ganesha with his elephant head to Lord Vishnu resting on a cobra coach. Relate these classic Hindi epic tales to today's lifestyle as you design a digital "tile" for your computer's desktop. Free with Museum admission.
SAT, MAY 14, 2011     |    11AM - 5PM
Community Day: Art of India
SJMA's free community days showcase the diversity of Silicon Valley. Celebrate the visual and performing arts of India at this fun-filled day for the whole family. Enjoy live music and strolling performers as you take in the art in the galleries. Get creative with hands-on activities inspired by traditional Indian crafts, and see demonstrations of Rangoli, traditional sandpainting that decorates courtyards and entrances of homes. Free.