I had every intention of weaving into this LACMA lecture announcement a pop culture reference to Wes Anderson's The Darjeeling Limited, or maybe even a mention of Zuber's L'Hindoustan wallpaper (favored by Kristen Buckingham), but the ice outside seems to have frozen my brain. So, I'll just get to it:
Cultural hybridity is a key theme in LACMA's current exhibition, India’s Fabled City: The Art of Courtly Lucknow, on view through February 27, 2011. In particular, a focal point is the exchange between Europeans and Indians during the late 18th century. For the upcoming 5th Annual Distinguished Lecture on South and Southeast Asian Art, scholar Rosie Llewellyn-Jones will present Europeans and European Influence in Nawabi, Lucknow 1775–1856, Saturday, January 22 at 3 p.m. Admission to the illustrated talk is free and no reservations are required.
[Attributed to Mihr Chand, India, fl. 1759–86, Jami Mosque, Delhi, from a Polier Album, India, Faizabad or Delhi, c. 1773–76, Opaque watercolor on paper, Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, Museum für Asiatische Kunst, I 5005, folio 2.]
For those of us who can't make it to L.A., the exhibition catalogue is available. SC favorite, textile expert Rosemary Crill, is among the contributing scholars and included are 240 illustrations -- decorative art objects encompassing ornate metalwork, glassware, and jewelry as well as textiles, clothing, paintings and period photographs.