Modern Myth: South Asian Modern and Contemporary Works on Paper

Event has passed (Tue Dec 5, 2017 - Tue Dec 5, 2017)
Thacher Gallery - University of San Francisco
December 5, 2017 - February 18, 2017


Modern Myth opening event featuring poet Pireeni Sundaralingam.

About the exhibition:
These 25 works on paper created between 1965 and 2008 explore various uses of mythology in modern and contemporary South Asian art. Following independence in 1947, artists in the new countries of India and Pakistan sought ways to represent their respective national identities. Their use of traditional symbolism generated an aesthetic dialogue between the everyday and the universal. As contemporary artists entered a thriving global art market spurred by economic growth, they were forced to navigate the complexities of personal and regional identity through their craft. By depicting traditional mythological subject matter, such as astrology or fantastical creatures, these artists bring new life to traditions that bear cultural significance while generating new myths. Weaving historical subject matter into their mediums, including printmaking, watercolor and photography, the modern and contemporary artworks on display propel mythology into the 21st century.

Presented by students in the MA in Museum Studies Curatorial Practicum course.


  1. Thacher Gallery - University of San Francisco 2130 Fulton Street, San Francisco, CA