Chazen Museum of Art


Gallery Talk by Anthony Cerulli

April 9, 12:30 PM to 1:30 PM | Pleasant T. Rowland Gallery

Anthony Cerulli, Professor of South Asian Studies, presents a gallery talk about Manuscriptistan, a photo-ethnography project that explores palm-leaf and paper manuscript collections and archives in India.

Manuscriptistan 04 (Uttar Pradesh, India) / 2019
Manuscriptistan 05 (Telangana, India) / 2019
Manuscriptistan 06 (Kerala, India) / 2019
Manuscriptistan 09 (Kerala, India) / 2019
A part of a larger photo-ethnography project, Manuscriptistan, Cerulli’s photographs explore the palm-leaf and paper manuscript collections and archives in India.Paired with works from the Chazen’s Jane Werner Watson Collection, some framed on the wall and a complete manuscript displayed in a case, this installation asks the question: What becomes of the archive when the archive becomes art?
Anthony Cerulli’s research combines ethnography, philology, and photography to explore the intersections of premodern and modern literary cultures at sites of ritual healing and institutions of medical education in India.

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