Curator: Michael Schuster, Ph.D.
Installation: Lynne Najita
Artist-in-residence: Gita Kar
Narrative paintings tell stories, either as one episode or single moment in a tale, or as a sequence of events unfolding through time. The retelling of stories through narrative painting can be seen throughout India in various forms. This exhibition focuses on several unique folk art forms that tell the stories of deities from the great epics, local regional heroes, and contemporary issues important to villagers such as HIV prevention.
Traditionally, the scroll painters and narrative bards wandered from village to village singing their own compositions while unwinding their scroll paintings or opening their story boxes. Examples of this type of storytelling painting to be exhibited include the scrolls of the Patua from West Bengal and the Bhopa of Rajasthan, and the small wooden moveable temples of the Khavdia Bhat, also from Rajasthan. In addition, the exhibition will also highlight narrative folk paintings from the states of Odisha, Bihar and Andhra Pradesh.