Chazen Museum of Art

Event

Mithila Painting: The Evolution of an Art Form

September 14 to December 1 | Leslie and Johanna Garfield Gallery

Since the fourteenth century, women in the Mithila region of Bihar, India, have practiced a distinctive traditional form of domestic wall painting. In the 1960s, some women began to make these paintings on paper to sell for income. Since then, women have started including images from contemporary life while staying committed to the traditional esthetics and expressive power. This exhibition of more than forty paintings documents the vitality and evolution of Mithila painting since 1970.

Exhibition-related programming

Sept. 19, 7 p.m.: Mithila Painters: Five Village Artists from Madhubani, India (1983, 40 min.). Following the film screening, Joseph Elder, UW–Madison Professor of Languages and Cultures of South Asia and Sociology, and executive producer and narrator of the film, will lead a discussion and talk about the lives of the profiled artists. Offered in conjunction with the exhibition Mithila Painting: The Evolution of an Art Form. Auditorium

Oct. 17: Exhibition reception and lecture

  • 4:15 p.m.: Docent Suzanne Chopra leads a 40-minute tour of Mithila Painting: The Evolution of an Art Form
  • 6:30–8 p.m. Reception with live music by Saaz, refreshments, and a cash bar
  • 7:30 p.m. “Mithila Painting: India’s Most Vital Tradition,” lecture by David Szanton, an anthropologist involved with the Mithila painters since 1977, will give a gallery talk in the Garfield Gallery on the second level.

Oct. 18, 12:15 p.m.: Docent Judith Mjaanes leads a 40-minute tour of Mithila Painting: The Evolution of an Art Form

Oct. 19, 12:15 p.m.: Docent Judith Mjaanes leads a 40-minute tour of Mithila Painting: The Evolution of an Art Form

Oct. 20, 2 p.m.: Docent Suzanne Chopra leads a 40-minute tour of Mithila Painting: The Evolution of an Art Form

The exhibition was organized by the Ethnic Arts Foundation and curated by David Szanton, President, Ethnic Arts Foundation and Patter Hellstrom, Artist/Curator, PHVA.

Generous support for this exhibition has been provided by the Chazen Museum of Art Council and the Wisconsin Arts Board with funds from the State of Wisconsin and the National Endowment for the Arts.

Above: Dulari Devi (Ranti, India), The Great Flood of 2006, acrylic paint on paper, 26 x 34 in.