OFFSITE LOCATION: Kavi Gupta, 219 North Elizabeth St.
Shaurya Kumar and Betty Seid will participate in a panel discussion about Contemporary Indian Art. The theme for the event is “Space and Place: Transcending Local Meaning in Indian Contemporary Art. The event will be hosted by Tanya Gill.
Fine Arts Researcher Shaurya Kumar has been involved in research projects such as The Paintings of India and Handmade in India since 2001. His research typically focuses on the separation of “the virtual and the real” as well as the “appreciation and appropriation of new media.” His work highlights how a site can affect an art piece and how an art piece can affect an individual and a culture. His projects have been showcased globally and in prestigious art galleries such as Dr. Bhau Daji Lad Museum (Mumbai), Seoul Museum of Art, New Art Center (New York) and the Los Angeles Center for Digital Arts. He is currently an associate professor in the Department of Printmedia at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.
Betty Seid is an independent curator, writer, and lecturer living in Chicago and Santa Monica. From 1995 to 2005, she was Research Associate and Exhibition Coordinator for South Asian Art in the Department of Asian Art of The Art Institute of Chicago. During her ten-year tenure, she curated and oversaw the installation of several important South Asian exhibitions. Her exhibition (and catalog) New Narratives: Contemporary Art from India was the first to show 21st-century Indian art in the United States.
As a specialist in South Asian art, Betty Seid gives private museum tours for ArtMuseLA and she has participated in symposia in both the U.S. and India. Seid has traveled extensively in India and Southeast Asia, often as the study leader for Art Institute of Chicago tours—and, of course, for research and pleasure.