Film still from Lahore (2016) (courtesy the National College of Arts, Pakistan, and the Victoria and Albert Museum)

Lahore on my Mind is a public festival at the Bard Graduate Center in Manhattan that moves between the past and the present to explore the early modern, colonial, and contemporary cultural worlds of South Asia.

Featuring artist interventions and discussions with thinkers, curators, and artists from the United States, Europe, and South Asia, the interdisciplinary festival is curated by historian Sugata Ray and takes the exhibition John Lockwood Kipling: Arts & Crafts in the Punjab and London as a starting point to reflect on how visual arts, performative practices, and literary cultures are shaping South Asia’s identity in a globalized world. 

Thursday, November 9
18 West 86th Street

  • Poetry Reading by Meena Alexander – 7pm 
    Meena Alexander an internationally acclaimed poet who was born in Allahabad, India and lives and works in New York City.

Friday, November 10
38 West 86th Street

  • Openings – 7pm
    Shahzia Sikander, visual artist
    Manan Ahmed, Assistant Professor of History, Columbia University

Saturday, November 11
18 West 86th Street

  • Empire, Post-Empire, Neo-Empire – 12pm
    Gyan Prakash, Professor of History, Princeton University
    Rina Banerjee, visual artist
    Meena Alexander, Distinguished Professor of English, Hunter College / The Graduate Center CUNY
  • Outside Kipling’s Wonder House – 2pm
    Tasneem Zakaria Mehta, Honorary Director, Dr Bhau Daji Lad Museum, Mumbai, India
    Nadeem Omar Tarar, Director, National College of Arts, Lahore, Pakistan
    Navina Najat Haidar, Curator of Islamic Art, The Metropolitan Museum of Art
  • Interventions in the Gallery: Alok Vaid-Menon – 4pm
    Alok Vaid-Menon is a gender non-conforming performance artist, writer, educator, and entertainer. FREE with RSVP

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