Pigment on Cloth: Tradition, Family, and the Art of Indian Pichvai Painting

Pigment on Cloth: Tradition, Family, and the Art of Indian Pichvai Painting

Monday, June 4, 2018 to Friday, August 31, 2018

This special exhibition introduces our audiences to the historic Indian practice of pichvais, devotional paintings on cotton cloth made as temple hangings in Nathdwara, Rajasthan. The exhibition presents work from one contemporary family of Nathdwara pichvais painters, including family patriarch Charturbhuj Sharma, his sons Shyam Sunderji, Mahesh, and Yugalkishor, and Shyam's son Jatin. They represent the fifth, sixth and seventh generations of pichvais painters in their lineage. The exhibition will document their continuing creation of these visual narratives, long associated with Nathdwara's Shrinathji temple complex. A special exhibition opening lecture titled "The Artists of Nathdwara: Traditions and Contexts" by Dr. Madhuvanti Ghose, Alsdorf Associate Curator of Indian, Southeast Asian, Himalayan and Islamic Art at the Art Institute of Chicago, takes place at 2:00 p.m. on Sunday June 3, 2018.  On August 26, 2018 Kay Talwar, author "In Adoration of Krishna: Pichvais of Shrinathji -Tapi Collection" (2007) will present a lecture on the traditions and practice of pichvai painting. Both talks take place in Room 31 of the Home Economics Building on east campus and are open to the university community and to the public free of charge.


Jatin Sharma at work, Nathdwara, December 2016.