Modern Symposium: Modern Art in Lahore



This talk by Dr Iftikhar Dadi will focus on the city of Lahore as a site for the development of art since the mid twentieth century. The pioneering modernist Amrita Sher-Gil lived in Lahore in 1941—her work served as an example for many subsequent artists. During the 1950s, Anwar Jalal Shemza was associated with the Lahore Art Circle, a group of modernist painters. Shakir Ali’s presence in the city during the 50s, and his subsequent appointment as principal of the National College of Art, provided institutional support for modernist experimentation by key figures such as Zahoor ul Akhlaq. The artistic ecology of the city has continued to develop into the present, which now includes many educational institutions, numerous practicing artists, and a recently inaugurated biennial.


An associate professor in Cornell University’s Department of History of Art, co-director of the Institute for Comparative Modernities, and director of the South Asia Program. Dadi is the author of Modernism and the Art of Muslim South Asia and co-edited Lines of Control: Partition as a Productive Space; and Unpacking Europe: Towards a Critical Reading. He serves on the editorial advisory boards of the journals Bio-Scope: South Asian Screen Studies; Archives of Asian Art and Art Journal (2007-2011), and is advisor to the Hong Kong based Asia Art Archive.

Time: 5-6pm

Location: Art Dubai Talks, Mina A’Salam