October 17, 2020 – January 10, 2021

Visions from India presents a breathtaking sweep of 21st-century painting, sculpture, and multimedia works from India and its diaspora. It features some of the most sought-after international artists alongside younger rising stars, including Sudarshan Shetty, Bharti Kher, and Jitish Kallat.

The exhibition showcases a remixing of traditional crafts with radical new applications, interactive sculpture and stunning paintings. Based on private collectors Ron and Ann Pizzuti’s original 2017 presentation in Columbus, Ohio, this will be the only other opportunity to see Visions from India in the United States.

On loan from the Pizzuti Collection.


Recorded December 9, 2020

Virtual Panel Discussion: Activism and Art in India

India is an incredibly diverse country — religiously, linguistically, geographically, socially, and politically. The arts offer insight into all aspects of a culture, and artists encourage us to see things both as they are and how they could be. Join this panel of artists and scholars to discuss the use of various visual and performance arts to critique and lay bare some of the flashpoints in Indian politics, culture, and society. 


Recorded November 30. 2020

ArtBreak with Dr. Dinyar Patel

Dr. Dinyar Patel is a former assistant professor of history at the University of South Carolina now teaching in Mumbai. In this international virtual lecture, learn the history of modern India; how Indian art has developed through Mughal, British, Pan-Asian, and modernist influences; and how the intersections between art and architecture have changed over time.


Recorded January 7, 2021

Virtual Artist Talk: "A world seeing more than, human culture" with Rina Banerjee

As the exhibition draws to a close, Visions from India artist Rina Banerjee speaks to the specificity of American identity and South Asian culture as they are reflected in her work. 

Banerjee lives and works in New York City. Born in Kolkata, India, she lived briefly in England before arriving in Queens, New York. Although Banerjee has been living in the United States for 50 years, she still draws the perception that she is foreign and other. Drawing on her multinational background and personal history as an immigrant, Banerjee creates work that focuses on ethnicity, race, and migration and American diasporic histories. 


Recorded November 12, 2020

Digital Diwali

Celebrate Diwali, India’s festival of lights, at home! Learn some Bollywood moves from UofSC dance groups USC Mokshaand USC Gamecock Bhangra, make simple and tasty Indian snacks with cooking demos from local home chefs, discover how to make rangoli patterns with colorful powders, and learn more about traditional crafts from vendors Peepal tree and Shree Roopam at a virtual bazaar. Plus, get up close and personal with the exquisitely detailed art in the exhibition Visions from India: 21st-Century Art from the Pizzuti Collection.


Recorded January 5, 2021

Icons for a New Generation with Dr. Kerry Lucinda Brown

Throughout recent developments in India's political and cultural history, issues of industrialization, globalization, and social mobility have challenged definitions of identity. Contemporary artists working in India and abroad have attempted to navigate these changes, exploring both individual and collective responses to identity in their work. This lecture examines how Indian artists have utilized iconic cultural imagery to both challenge and confront these issues in contemporary society.

Dr. Kerry Lucinda Brown is a specialist in South Asian and Himalayan art and a professor of art history at Savannah College of Art and Design in Savannah, Georgia. Her research focuses on the art and architecture of Nepal, addressing issues of image veneration, pilgrimage, sacred landscapes, and ritual performance. Brown has traveled throughout South Asia and the Himalayas since 1999 and has received numerous grants to conduct research in the region, including a Fulbright fellowship to Nepal. She has lectured widely on South Asian visual culture and frequently collaborates with museums on educational programming related to Asian art and culture.


Recorded Sunday, October 18

Betwixt and Beyond

Toward a New Indian Art and Identity

Please enjoy the opening weekend lecture for Visions from India: 21st-Century Art from the Pizzuti Collection. Dr. Siddhartha V. Shah of the Peabody Essex Museum discusses the ever-evolving story of India; one quite distinct from the fantasy of a timeless, unchanging India that so many have. By discussing his own research and writing as well as topics within Visions from India, Shah reveals the challenges that Indian artists and creatives face in being from a country both ancient and new and how they find great opportunity to reinvent and unravel centuries of ignorance and prejudice about India and Indian-ness. 


Recorded November 20

Virtual Arts & Draughts

Arts & Draughts is back, and this time we’re bringing it out to you — to your homes, on your screens, and into your communities! Join the party virtually from wherever you are and catch amazing performances, art activities, gallery tours, and more with some of your favorite Columbia superstars. Hosted by comedian Jenn Snyder and featuring performances by Milah, Brandy and the Butcher, Teiji Mack, EZ Shakes, and Diaspoura. Best of all, it's pay what you wish! 


Student Exhibition: Responding to Visions from India

We invited all students (K-12 and College) to submit a work of art that is inspired by the exhibition currently on view at the CMA: Visions from India

See the exhibition here.




Visions from India has been made possible in part by the National Endowment for the Humanities: Exploring the human endeavor.
Any views, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this exhibition do not necessarily represent those of the National Endowment for the Humanities.