WSSU Hosts Lecture on Gandhi
Time: 12:30 pm
Summary: Dr. Rebecca M. Brown, teaching professor in the history of art at Johns Hopkins University, will lecture on "Gandhi at the Spinning Wheel: Creating India through Image and Practice" on Thursday, October 17, at 12:30 p.m. in Room 207-A of the Thompson Student Service Center on the campus of Winston-Salem State University (WSSU).
The presentation, which is free and open to the public, is based on her work as a scholar of colonial and post-1947 South Asian visual culture and politics. One of her major projects examined the imagery of the spinning wheel from art work of the early nineteenth century through to Gandhi's deployment of it for the nationalist movement. She is currently writing a book on the complex intersection of exhibition, diplomacy, human display, and the temporalities of craft and contemporary art during the 1985–86 Festival of India in the U.S.
Brown has taught at Johns Hopkins University since 2008. Prior to that, she taught at Swansea University, Pennsylvania State University, University of Redlands and St. Mary's College of Maryland. She has a B.A in Art History from Pomona College, and M.A. and Ph. D in South Asian and Islamic Art History from the University of Minnesota.
In addition to her research and teaching, she has served as a consultant and a curator for modern and contemporary Indian art for the Peabody Essex Museum, the Walters Art Museum and the Shelley and Donald Rubin Foundation. As a writer, her publications include "Goddess, Lion, Peasant, Priest: Modern and Contemporary Indian Art from the Shelley and Donald Rubin Collection" exhibition catalog, "Gandhi's Spinning Wheel and the Making of India", "Art for a Modern India, 1947–1980" and articles in several journals including "Visual Anthropology", "Archives of Asian Art", "Art Journal", "Journal of Urban History" and "Journal of Asian Studies."
Brown will be a visiting scholar at WSSU for two days as part of a National Endowment for the Humanities funded project on integrating India into the liberal arts curriculum. In addition to her public lecture, Mitchell will also conduct a workshop for WSSU faculty.
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