Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs
Center for Contemporary South Asia

Dipti Khera — Monsoon Downpours: From Monumental Moods to Micro Histories, c. 1700-1900

Dipti Khera

Thursday, March 2, 2023

5:30pm – 6:30pm

McKinney Conference Room, Watson Institute, 111 Thayer Street

Art History from the South.

Dipti Khera is the associate professor in the Department of Art History and the Institute of Fine Arts at New York University. As a scholar of early modern South Asia, with interdisciplinary training in art history, museum anthropology, and architecture, her research and teaching integrate longue durée perspectives and Indian Ocean and Eurasian geographies. Along with specializing in paintings, books, letters, and maps made in northern and western India, she has published on the crafting of colonial taste and foregrounded vernacular objects that reveal global art history's blind spots in narrating stories of mobility, power, and emotional entanglements. A recent co-edited catalogue, A Splendid Land: Paintings from Royal Udaipur (Hirmer Publications, distributed by University of Chicago Press, 2022) accompanies the co-curated exhibition currently on view at the Smithsonian's National Museum of Asian Art, Washington DC. Her book The Place of Many Moods: Udaipur’s Painted Lands and India’s Eighteenth Century (Princeton University Press, 2020) received the Edward Cameron Dimock, Jr. Prize in Indian Humanities (American Institute of Indian Studies), and was shortlisted for the Charles Rufus Morey Book Award (College Art Association), BASAS Book Prize (British Association for South Asian Studies), and Kenshur Prize (Center for Eighteenth-Century Studies). The Center for Advanced Study in the Visual Arts, Metropolitan Museum of Art, American Institute of Indian Studies, and Yale University, among others, have supported her research.