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Gallery 1\, Gallery 2 &\; Anteroom

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The Matter Within—Opening Night Party
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Oct 14\, 2011 9:30pm
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$5 advance\; $7 at the door\; FREE for YBCA members*
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If you thought 8pm was a little early to start a n Opening Night Party\, then tonight’s the night for you! Join your fellow nocturnal revelers at YBCA as we celebrate the unveiling of The Matter Within with performances and dancing lessons from the Non Stop Bhangra crew\, an interactive Rangoli ceremony with Monica Henderson\, an d “Cadre\,” a Matter Within-themed smartphone game designed by the gaming geniuses at Groundcrew! Stay tuned for details\, but get limbered u p for some serious dancing in the meantime!

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YBCA Members: please login< /a> before completing your online order\, or call the YBCA Box Office at 41 5-978-ARTS (2787).

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As contempora ry art becomes more widely recognized within India\, there has also been a growing awareness of its international development and impact. YBCA is plea sed to present The Matter Within: New Contemporary Art of India \, an exhibition of sculpture\, photography and video by arti sts of India living inside the country as well as in the diaspora. Inspired by material culture\, literature\, spirituality\, and social and political aspects of the history of the South Asian region\, the exhibition is organ ized around three thematic threads that resonate from contemporary India—em bodiment\, the politics of communicative bodies and the imaginary. Of parti cular interest are the artistic practices that either incorporate these con cepts or operate within a gap between these existing thematic categories. W hereas sculpture and painting have a long history within both sacred and se cular traditions of Indian art\, in recent years photography and video have emerged as significant media as well.

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Until very recently\, contemporar y Indian photography has had little exposure in the United States. With a f ocus on “straight” and staged approaches\, the photographic works utilize e ither reality-based settings—such as the informal street shoot or a formal portrait—or constructed realities and imaginary personas. These photographs merge the vision of the artist with the social dynamics of India’s vast cu ltural landscape to create a revealing narrative of contemporary life in an ever globalizing world.

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Sculpture has a long tradition within both sacr ed and secular art of India\, and its rich legacy of materiality and iconog raphy has had an impact on contemporary art. Human and animal bodies contin ue to play an important role in new perspectives on nationhood as well as o n ancient pasts. This is evident in an adherence to traditional forms as we ll as in expanded imagery and physical forms signaling the future.\n

Some of the video works provide a unique window into the lives of ordinary peopl e. The artists are able to extract poignant and powerful narratives from co mplex situations\, offering alternative forms of storytelling. Video also p rovides an opportunity for shaping multi-referential narratives examining c ontemporary conditions such as displacement and community formation\, unlik ely personages and lost artistic legacies\, often against the backdrop of c olonialism and other forms of occupation.

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Working with ideas that are bo th highly personal and representative of the shifts and changes taking plac e in the global sphere\, these artists are navigating the complex routes be tween the historical past and the present\, fact and fiction\, or new and o ld identities\, during a period of societal flux. As India continues its ex pansion on the world economic stage\, the work of its artists will become a n even more widely acknowledged vehicle for expressing new ways of being th at are hard to convey outside the terms that art provides. This exhibition hopes to further this potential by contributing to a better and deeper unde rstanding of current shifts and their emotional\, intellectual and spiritua l effects on the artists and their communities\, as well as the potential f or representing new aspirations.

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Artists include Ayisha Abraham\ , Rina Banerjee\, CAMP\, Nikhil Chopra\, Anita Dube\, Gauri Gill\, Shilpa G upta\, Sunil Gupta\, Siddhartha Kararwal\, Dhruv Malhotra\, The Otolith Gro up\, Sreshta Premnath\, Pushpamala N.\, Raqs Media Collective\, Tejal Shah\ , Sudarhan Shetty\, Bharat Sikka\, Anup Mathew Thomas\, and Thukral and Tagra.

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Save your ticket for $2 off admission to Maharaja at the Asian Art Museum
T he Matter Within will be on view simultaneously with the Asian Art Mus eum of San Francisco's presentation of the Maharajaexhibition tour ing from London’s Victoria &\; Albert Museum\, on view in from October 2 1\, 2011 through April 8\, 2012.\n

Asian Art Museum of San Franci sco
Maharaja:The Splendor of India's Royal Courts
October 21\, 2011 – April 8\, 2012

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The word maharaja (literall y "great king") conjures up images of spectacle. The heyday of the maharaja s began in earnest after the collapse of the Mughal empire in the early eig hteenth century. The exhibition opens with this period of chaos and adventu re and closes with the end of British rule in 1947\, when the Indian prince s' territories were incorporated into the modern states of India and Pakist an.

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The show will explore the extraordinary culture of princely Ind ia\, showcasing rich and varied objects that reflect different aspects of r oyal life. On display will be both Indian and Western works\, featuring pai ntings\, photography\, textiles and dress\, jewelry\, jeweled objects\, met alwork and furniture.
These sensational works will be explored within a broader historical context of princely life and ideals\, patronage\, cou rt culture\, and alliances. The Asian Art Museum is the first U.S. venue fo r this exhibition.

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More information at asianart.org »

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