Sep 19, 2019Natasha Das Studio Tour & Reception
Please join The India Center Foundation and Waqas Wajahat, trustee of the South Asia Committee at the Philadelphia Museum of Art for a presentation of new work by artist, Natasha Das
The artist will be in conversation with special guest, Darielle Mason,
Head of the Department of South Asian Art at the Philadelphia Museum of Art.
A cocktail reception with the artist and Darielle Mason will follow.
About Natasha Das:
Natasha’s work lies at an intersection of materials and methods, blurring the lines between approach and content.
Born in Assam, Natasha is a cross disciplinary artist working from her studios in Assam and New York. She works with oil paint and thread, layering the individuality of each material to build a surface where the two work inextricably.
Applying a deep understanding of pigment from her rigorous training in Florence, with an intuitive exploration of thread guided by master craftsmen in Assam, her materials and process mirror her personal journey as an artist. Through careful repetitive movements, she coaxes out the innate character of each medium, contrasting the confidence of oil with the submission of thread.
Her work is shown in public and private spaces in New York City and is part of several collections internationally.
About Darielle Mason:
Darielle Mason is the Stella Kramrisch Curator and Head of the Department of South Asian Art at the Philadelphia Museum of Art. She holds a Ph.D. from the University of Pennsylvania where she now teaches as adjunct professor. Beginning with the study of north-western India’s historic temples, Mason’s many publications, lectures, and exhibitions have spanned two millennia of South Asian culture, from ancient to contemporary. Among her more than fifty museum exhibitions are Gods, Guardians, and Lovers: Temple Sculpture from Northern India, A.D. 700-1200, Intimate Worlds: Indian Paintings from the Alvin O. Bellak Collection, Multiple Modernities: India 1905-2005, and Kantha: The Embroidered Quilts of Bengal for which she won the prestigious Alfred H. Barr Jr. Award for outstanding museum scholarship. She recently lead the curatorial team that transformed Philadelphia’s South Asian Art galleries, breaking traditional museum boundaries of time and geography to explore regionally and universally relevant themes.