In collaboration with the Digital Media Center (DMC), Chitra Ganesh presented her work to the public at 5:30 p.m., Monday, April 1 in Gilman 50. A Q & A followed her talk. Chitra is the spring 2019 visiting artist at the Center for Visual Arts.
Chitra Ganesh’s drawing based practice brings to light narrative representations of femininity, sexuality, and power typically absent from canons of literature and art. Her mixed media work includes wall installations, comics, charcoal drawings, works on paper, and animation that often take historical and mythic texts as inspiration and points of departure to complicate received ideas of iconic female forms.
Chitra graduated magna cum laude from Brown University in with a BA in Comparative Literature and Art-Semiotics, and received her MFA from Columbia University in 2002. For over a decade, Ganesh’s work has been widely exhibited both locally and internationally, including at the Queens Museum, Museum of San Diego LA Jolla, Berkeley Art Museum, Bronx Museum, Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, and Baltimore Museum. International venues include Fondazione Sandretto (Turin), the Saatchi Museum (London), MOCA Shanghai, Kunsthalle Exnergrasse (Vienna), and Kunstverein Gottingen (Germany) with solo presentations at PS 1/MOMA, the Andy Warhol Museum, Brooklyn Museum, and Gothenburg Kunsthalle (Sweden).
Ganesh’s work is widely recognized in South Asia,and has been shown at The Indira Gandhi National Centre for Arts (New Delhi), Princes of Wales Museum (Mumbai), Devi Art Foundation (New Delhi), Travancore Palace (New Delhi) and the Dhaka Art Summit at Shilpakala Academy (Bangladesh).
She has been named Robina Foundation Fellow for Arts and Human rights at Yale University Law School (2015-16), US Art in Embassies Program resident in NIROX, South Africa (2015), Estelle Lebowitz Endowed Visiting Artist (2015); Kirloskar Visiting Scholar at RISD (2014), and Artist-in-Residence at New York University’s Asian/Pacific/American Studies Program (2013-14).
Currently she is the Teiger Mentor in the Arts at Cornell University for the spring 2019 semester.