Seeing-making-meaning: An Introduction to Art Historical Methods

  • 04 Nov
    08 Nov

    Criticism and Theory

    Chaitanya Sambrani

Seeing-making-meaning: An Introduction to Art Historical Methods

Image: Tallur L.N., Tolerance 3, 2019. Sandalwood sand stone. 175cmX82cmX 36cm

This series of lectures offers an introduction to a range of theoretical approaches to the experience of art. Drawing on European and Asian examples in the history of art and aesthetic theory, the series will enable a discussion of ways in which visual art has been activated and made meaningful. Asking “what if?” and “so what?” the series will seek to relate historical developments to present conditions through questions of visuality, language, politics, gender and psychoanalysis.

Day 1: Introduction: visuality, representation, politics
Day 2: The social history of art: Marxism and critical theory
Day 3:The gendered history of art: feminism, otherness, alterity
Day 4: The gaze: psychoanalytical insights
Day 5: Contemporary art and post-colonial experience

Duration -

November 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 2019

Timing: 6:30 - 8:30


Rs. 4,000 (For a 50% student discount, write to

Chaitanya Sambrani

Chaitanya Sambrani

Chaitanya Sambrani is an art historian, curator and teacher. An alumnus of the Faculty of Fine Arts, Baroda (MA) and the Australian National University (PhD), he has taught courses on modernist and contemporary Asian art at the ANU since 2002. His curatorial projects include Edge of Desire: Recent Art in India (travelling exhibition: Australia, USA, Mexico, India, 2004-07), Place.Time.Play: Contemporary Art from the West Heavens to the Middle Kingdom (the first contemporary art exchange and exhibition involving Indian and Chinese artists, 2010) and Savanhdary Vongpoothorn: All that Arises (25-year survey of the Lao-Australian artist’s work, 2019). He is currently working on a study of international affiliations and cosmopolitan aspirations in the modern art of India and Indonesia