Online Course: Modern & Contemporary Indian Art

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Increase your knowledge through this free, self-paced online course.

Are you interested in exploring the dynamic histories of modern and contemporary art in India? Sign up for the MAP Academy’s Short Course today! Through engaging videos and illustrated texts, this course examines a varied selection of artists, mediums, cross-cultural exchanges, significant institutions and movements from the region. Authored by art historian Dr Beth Citron, this course will also introduce you to a range of themes surrounding ideas of labour, womanhood, love, death, queerness, worship and so much more.

Whether you’re interested in how art responds to complex histories and contemporary politics, or to ways in which artists experiment with techniques and ideas this course has something for you.

Course Structure

Approaching Art: Past and Present

Early Reflections on Nationhood

Pioneering Styles and Vocabularies

Social Engagements and Activism

New Media and Collaborations

Thinking Beyond the Centre

The Boom and Beyond

Engaging with Art Today

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Sudhir Patwardhan, Detail, Street Play, 1981, Oil on canvas, 91 x 182.8 cm © Sudhir Patwardhan and The Guild, Mumbai.
Bharti Kher, The skin speaks a language not its own, 2006, Bindis on life-size, fibreglass elephant, 148 x 432 x 183 cm, Courtesy of the artist and Nature Morte, New Delhi.

Gulammohammed Sheikh, Returning Home after a Long Absence, 1969–73, Oil on canvas, 122 x 122 cm, Courtesy of the artist and Vadehra Art Gallery, New Delhi.

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