Book , Print in English

Displaying time : the many temporalities of the Festival of India

Rebecca M. Brown.
  • Seattle : University of Washington Press, [2017]
  • xvi, 211 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color) ; 26 cm.
  • From the fluttering fabric of a tent, to the blurred motion of the potters wheel, to the rhythm of a horse puppets wooden hoovesthese scenes make up a set of mid-1980s art exhibitions as part of the U.S. Festival of India. The festival was conceived at a meeting between Indira Gandhi and Ronald Reagan to strengthen relations between the two countries at a time of late Cold War tensions and global economic change, when Americas image of India was as a place of desperate poverty and spectacular fantasy. "Displaying Time" unpacks the intimate, small-scale durations of time at work in the gallery from the transformation of clay into ceramic to the one-on-one, personal encounters between museum visitors and artists. Using extensive archival research and interviews with artists, curators, diplomats, and visitors, Rebecca Brown analyzes a selection of museum shows that were part of the Festival of India to unfurl new exhibitionary modes: the time of transformation, of interruption, of potential and the future, as well as the contemporary and the now.
  • Flickering light, fluttering textiles
  • An interruption : Derridean temporality at the Festival
  • Material transformations : clay, terracotta, trash
  • Time, interrupted : people in the gallery
  • Entrepreneurial exhibits
  • The contemporary, at a distance
  • Setting up the tent anew.
Other information
  • Includes bibliographical references and index.
  • 9780295741987
  • 0295741988
  • 9780295999944
  • 0295999942
Identifying numbers
  • 40027288224
  • LCCN: 2016023732
  • OCLC: 952276834
  • OCLC: 952276834