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Textiles, Art History, Gardens, and a Little Mental Traveling with Courtney Barnes 2006-2016


Hybrids and Courtly Lucknow

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.


Anonymous said...

Interesting that a book on Indian art should have a Persian miniature on its cover.

Style Court said...

Here are some details that may be helpful. First, the credit line for the painting used on the cover:

Mir Kalan Khan, Lovers in a Landscape (Detail), India, Uttar Pradesh, Lucknow, c. 1760–70, Opaque watercolor on paper, Page 16 x 11 inches; image 8 1/4 x 6 inches, The David Collection, Copenhagen, 50/1981.

Also, the exhibition explores art created by the city's multiethnic residents as well as general multicultural influences. Much more is available here:

The museum has included a lot of interesting info on the exhibition pages. Again, hope that helps!

Anonymous said...

This period in Indian history was a time of syncretic culture- elements of Persian, Central Asian, Rajput and other painting styles can be found in the miniature paintings of North India during this time.

Anonymous said...

Courtney, you may enjoy a Satyajit Ray movie, "Shatranj ke Khilari" (The Chess Players) that is set in Lucknow during the reign of the last Nawab of Lucknow when British plans are in place to annex the kingdom.More details available here-

Style Court said...

Thanks for the tip Rina!