The Windsor Art Center in Windsor, Conn., is hosting a month-long exhibition of art from South Asian artists. "Radiate, Art of the South Asian Diaspora" presents the work of 11 artists currently residing in the Northeast United States who share origins and connections in South Asia.
The artists featured include: Amina Ahmed, Shelly Bahl, Siona Benjamin, Sonia Chaudhary, Neil Chowhury, Anjali Deshmukh,Vijay Kumar, Samanta Batra Mehta, Annu Palakunnathu Matthew, Ebenezer Sunder Singh and Tenzin Wangchuk.
"Radiate" has been curated by Kathryn Myers, professor of art at The University of Connecticut. The diversity of meaning, metaphor, and material in the work defies attempts at locating any fixed geographic or cultural "essence" of identity among these artists, according to Myers. Rather, multiple and mutable senses of self and history are expressed through concepts and forms that weave an abundant labyrinth of associations.
This exhibition will open at the Windsor Art Center Windsor on May 12 and be on exhibit through June 14. The opening includes a reception from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. on May 12. The exhibition will also include a performance by Indian music singer and guitarist Stan Scott on June 10 at 2 p.m. Scott will perform North Indian classical and devotional music from his new CD, "The Weaver's Song: Bhajans of North India."
According to Myers, artists of the South Asian Diaspora have been a dynamic force in reframing and reshaping Asian and Euro-American art history. Whether drawing from family heritage in South Asia, The United States, or other parts of the world, their movements East and West characterize an open and adaptable sense of self that is the optimum "essence" for a globalized world, she added.