Talks & Lectures
Free with museum admission
M. F. Husain was not merely India’s
premier twentieth-century painter; he was a central figure in the culture of
modern Indian art, a person of unbridled talent who brought contemporary India
to life. Husain rose from street painter to national celebrity and member of
parliament to maker of films (and film stars). He was an iconic figure in a
three-piece suit and bare feet, his beard flowing white, as he riffed canvas
after canvas of colorful figures from mythical and historical India, animals and
gods. His celebrity reached the heights of success in the worldwide spotlight
of marketing for modern art, but his inspiration and imagination were rooted
specifically in Indian themes: the nature of Indian politics, the rise and fall
of national admiration, and disaffection in Indian society.
Join Daniel Herwitz,
professor of history of art at the University of Michigan, as he discusses the
life and legacy of M. F. Husain.