Episode 12: Chitra Ganesh with Maia Cruz Palileo

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Chitra Ganesh is a multi-disciplinary artist working with myth, storytelling and symbols. Guest host Maia Cruz Palileo, also a multi-disciplinary artist, was mentored by Ganesh in the Queer Art Mentorship program. During a visit to Ganesh’s studio in DUMBO, Brooklyn, the artists discuss her exhibition “The Scorpion Gesture” at the Rubin Museum, a series of motion-activated animations which engage with the permanent collection of Himalayan art. The show includes a second part, “Face of the Future”, in which Ganesh invited seven emerging artists, including Palileo, to contribute work relating to science fiction and the future.

People, places and things mentioned: Brooklyn College, Janine Antoni, Kara Walker, Zarina, Shazia Sikhander, Clement Greenberg, Alan Moore’s The Watchmen, Mariam Ghani, Index of the Disappeared, Beth Citron, The Menil Collection, Patmasambawa, VR (virtual reality), AR (augmented reality), African Art as Philosophy, Avatar: The Last Airbender, The Field Museum, The World’s Fair, The British Museum, A History of the World in 100 objects, Borges’ Book of Imaginary Beings, The All-Knowing Buddha: A Secret Guide, John Berger, Harvey (Weinstein), Chuck (Close), Woody (Allen), the Koch brothers, The Queens Museum, Laura Reicovich

An animation from The Scorpion Gesture, The Rubin Museum
A work from The Scorpion Gesture, The Rubin Museum
Atlas, 2013, archival inkjet print




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