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Many Visions, Many Versions: Art from Indigenous Communities in India

The McClung Museum's special exhibition, Many Visions, Many Versionsshowcases works from four major indigenous artistic traditions in India: the Gond and Warli communities of central India, the Mithila region of Bihar, and the narrative scroll painters of West Bengal.

The exhibition features 47 exceptional paintings and drawings, selected from private collections in the United States and Europe, by 24 significant indigenous artists including Jangarh Singh Shyam, Jivya Soma Mashe, Sita Devi, and Swarna Chitrakar.

The exhibition explores the breadth of cultural traditions in India, revealing a dynamic aesthetic that remains deeply rooted in traditional culture, yet vitally responsive to issues of global concern. Rather than separating the art into sections distinguished by tribal and cultural affinities, the curators intentionally display the paintings thematically; accentuating the shared cultural features and contemporary concerns of these four communities that underlies the diversity of the artists’ unique expressive forms, techniques, and styles. 

See exhibition programming on the museum's website.

Many Visions, Many Versions: Art from Indigenous Communities in India is organized by BINDU modern Gallery and toured by International Arts & Artists, Washington, DC. The exhibition is curated by Drs. Aurogeeta Das and David Szanton with assistance from consulting curator Jeffrey Wechsle

Tuesday, April 23 at 9:00am to 5:00pm

More dates through May 19, 2019

Frank H. McClung Museum of Natural History and Culture
1327 Circle Park, Knoxville, TN 37996

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