Jan 22nd 2015

Traditions in Transition: Contemporary Art of India

@ Cleve Carney Art Gallery

College of DuPage 425 Fawell Blvd. Glen Ellyn IL 60137

Opening Thursday, January 22nd, from 12PM - 2PM

On view through Sunday, February 22nd

Cleve Carney Art Gallery, located next to the McAninch Arts Center at 425 Fawell Blvd., presents “Traditions in Transition,” an exhibition of contemporary art of India, Jan. 22 to Feb. 21. This group exhibition, inspired by folk traditions from regions throughout India, features work by acclaimed Indian artists including Durga Bai, Mantu Chitarakar, Suresh Durve, Bhua Devi and Anil Vangad, among others, and is guest curated by Manvee Vaid, a recognized collector of Indian art and founder of the online gallery, deccanfootprints.com

The opening reception is Thursday, Jan. 22 from noon to 2 p.m. A traditional Indian Vedic Fire Ceremony will be featured in a special reception Sunday, Feb. 8; at 1 p.m. Vaid will lead two gallery talks discussing the stories behind Indian traditional and contemporary art Thursday, Jan. 29 at 11 a.m. and Wednesday, Feb. 4 at 1 p.m. All events take place in the Cleve Carney Art Gallery and are free and open to the public. For more information visit, cod.edu/gallery.

The art featured in “Traditions in Transition” is inspired by standards from four different Indian art traditions: Madhubani, Gond, Warli, and Bengal Patachitra. Media includes ink on paper, acrylic on canvas, cow dung and water based color on cotton cloth, charcoal and gouache on cotton cloth, and more. In creating the works, each artist has made a conscious effort to shift the parameters of each tradition to a more unique individualistic contemporary creative level. Although different in style and subject matter, all make reference to history, religious beliefs, and the social customs of their communities of origin.

The late Cleve Carney provided a significant legacy gift to establish the Cleve Carney Art Gallery, a one-story, 1,850-square-foot addition on the west side of the McAninch Arts Center. The gallery opened in February 2014 with its inaugural exhibition “Selections from Cleve Carney’s Art Collection” and offers year-round visual art exhibitions showcasing a variety of innovative art by regional, national and international artists. In conjunction with the Cleve Carney legacy gift, the College of DuPage Foundation has launched a three-year endowment campaign to ensure Carney’s generous gift is fully realized.

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