2015 Alfred Z. Solomon Residency: Realms of Earth and Sky

The Alfred Z. Solomon Residency Fund in 2015 will go to support a series of events related to the exhibition Realms of Earth and Sky: Indian Painting from the 15th to the 19th Century.

About Realms of Earth and Sky

Realms of Earth and Sky: Indian Painting from the Fifteenth to the Nineteenth Century comprises a collection of South Asian paintings drawn from the University of Virginia’s Fralin Museum of Art and major private collections in the Southeast.

The paintings represent a number of different artistic traditions and range across a span of five centuries. Themes include the stylistic relationship between Mughal and Rajput paintings and the function of book illustration. In meticulously rendered tableaux, visitors will encounter scenes ranging from the opulence of the Mughal court to the actions of gods in the forms of men, and from lively battles to depictions of intimate courtly love. The styles can be intricately refined or sweepingly bold, all contained in the small scale of the manuscript or album page.

On view at the Fralin Museum from August 22 through December 21, 2014 the show will travel to the Tang Museum for the spring semester of 2015, and will be the focus of the 2015 Alfred Z. Solomon Residency.

2015 Solomon Residency Schedule of Events

Gallery Tour
Thursday, January 29, 2015, 5:30 pm
Special preview curator's tour of Realms of Earth and Sky with Krista Gulbransen, Assistant Professor of Art History and Visual Culture Studies at Whitman College, and exhibition contributor. Made possible by the Alfred Z. Solomon Residency Fund and the Asian Studies Program at Skidmore College.

Lecture by Shahzia Sikander
Thursday, February 5, 2015, 7:30 pm
Internationally acclaimed Pakistani-born artist and MacArthur Fellow Shahzia Sikander will discuss her artistic practice of experimentation and disruption of historical Indo-Persian painting styles.
Presented by the Department of Art History and the Tang Teaching Museum and supported by the Alfred Z. Solomon Residency Fund.

Lecture by Molly Aitken and Dipti Khera
Thursday, April 2, 2015, 7:00 pm
Two leading scholars of Rajput painting — Molly Aitken, Associate Professor of Art History at The City College of New York, and Dipti Khera, Assistant Professor of Art History at New York University — will lecture on pleasure in South Asian paintings. Made possible by the Alfred Z. Solomon Residency Fund.

Public conversation with Talha Rathore and Hiba Schahbaz
Thursday, April 16, 2015, 7:30 pm

Miniature Painting Workshops with Talha Rathore and Hiba Schahbaz
Friday, April 17, 2015, 12:00 - 2:00 pm and 2:30 - 4:30 pm
Artists Talha Rathore and Hiba Schahbaz will speak about the traditional techniques in Realms of Earth and Sky and the ways in which each has modernized and personalized the miniature tradition in their practice. Made possible by the Alfred Z. Solomon Residency Fund.

Free. Reservations required. Call 518-580-8080.

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