Legacies of Nonviolence in Art and Society

Legacies of Nonviolence in Art and Society

Friday, February 27th, 2015, 1 – 5 pm

Capitol Room, Edgar A. Smith Building

“Experiments with Truth:  Gandhi and Images of Nonviolence,” was an exhibition at the Menil Collection that explored how ideas about nonviolence have affected the creation of art throughout the world, both before and after the time of Gandhi.  It included a number of powerful contemporary works by artists such as Amar Kanwar, Kimsooja and Theaster Gates.  This symposium further examines issues raised by the exhibition.


An Introduction: Consequences of ahimsa.”

Janice Leoshko, Associate Professor, Dept of Art and Art History, UT

Creating the Exhibition on Gandhi and Images of Violence and Nonviolence.”

Josef Helfenstein, Director, The Menil Collection, Houston

Experiments with Books: The Publication for the Menil Exhibition.”

Joseph Newland, Director of Publications, The Menil Collection, Houston

After Gandhi:  Excerpts from art and history.”

Atreyee Gupta, Fellow of Art Histories and Aesthetic Practices, Berlin and Visiting Fellow, Institute for Cultural Inquiry, Berlin

Before Ecoart:  Hydroaesthetics in the Little Ice Age.”

Sugata Ray, Assistant Professor, Dept. of History of Art, University of California, Berkeley

Images of Non-Violence? Destruction and Self-Destruction in Contemporary Chinese Art.

Yun-Chiahn Sena, Assistant Professor, Dept. of Art and Art History, UT

There will be light snacks, coffee and tea.