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Chitra Ganesh

On Utopia and Dissent

Ganesh Chitra
Image: Urgency, 2020, dig­i­tal print. Cour­tesy of the artist. 

Friday, March 12, 2021
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Chi­tra Ganesh is an artist liv­ing and work­ing in Brook­lyn. For the past 20 years, Ganesh’s draw­ing based prac­tice has shed light on nar­ra­tive rep­re­sen­ta­tions of fem­i­nin­ity, sex­u­al­ity, and power typ­i­cally absent from canons of lit­er­a­ture and art. Ganesh’s instal­la­tions, comics, ani­ma­tion, sculp­ture, and mixed media works on paper often take his­tor­i­cal and mythic texts as inspi­ra­tion and points of depar­ture to com­pli­cate received ideas of iconic female forms. Her stud­ies in lit­er­a­ture, semi­otics, and social the­ory have been crit­i­cal to a steady engage­ment with nar­ra­tive and decon­struc­tion that ani­mates her work. Her work has been widely exhib­ited in the United States, Europe, and Asia, with solo exhi­bi­tions at MoMA P.S.1, The Warhol Museum, Göte­borgs Kon­sthall, Brook­lyn Museum, Rubin Museum, Kitchen, and most recently, A city will share her secrets if you know how to ask, the 4th Annual QUEER­POWER Façade Com­mis­sion at the Leslie Lohman Museum in New York City. (cur­rently on view through Octo­ber 2021).

Her work Sultana’s Dream was recently acquired by the Uni­ver­sity of Michi­gan Museum of Art and will be fea­tured in the upcom­ing exhi­bi­tion Oh, honey… A queer read­ing of the col­lec­tion in fall 2021. Learn more about Sultana’s Dream in UMMA’s online pre­sen­ta­tion of the exhi­bi­tion.

Ganesh’s works are held in promi­nent pub­lic col­lec­tions includ­ing The Museum of Mod­ern Art, The Smith­son­ian Museum of Amer­i­can Art, Penn­syl­va­nia Acad­emy of Fine Art, Berke­ley Museum of Art, San Jose Museum of Art, and the Whit­ney Museum, among oth­ers. She has received numer­ous awards, includ­ing the New York Foun­da­tion for the Arts; Art Mat­ters Foun­da­tion; John Simon Guggen­heim Memo­r­ial Foun­da­tion; the Joan Mitchell Foun­da­tion; and the Hod­der Fel­low­ship at Prince­ton Uni­ver­sity, Pol­lock Kras­ner Foun­da­tion, and most recently the Anony­mous was a Woman Award in 2020. She received her B.A. from Brown Uni­ver­sity and her M.F.A. from Colum­bia University.

This pre­sen­ta­tion is UMMA’s 2021 Doris Sloan Memo­r­ial Pro­gram. Estab­lished through the gen­eros­ity of Dr. Her­bert Sloan, the annual Doris Sloan Memo­r­ial Pro­gram hon­ors one of the Museum’s most ardent friends and sup­port­ers, Doris Sloan, a long-time UMMA docent. Lead sup­port for Oh, honey…A queer read­ing of the col­lec­tion is pro­vided by Alan Her­gott and Curt Shep­ard and the Uni­ver­sity of Michi­gan Office of the Provost.


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