Recently Closed Exhibitions

Spring 2018

Reclaimed Baggage

March 27 - May 18, 2018
Migration and globalization play a pivotal role on the formation of identity. Despite overwhelming pressure on women to be the transmitters and upholders of culture, migration is an opportunity for reinventing the self as they navigate their new cultural landscape. Group exhibition of artwork by South Asian American women curated by Nirmal Raja.

Public Reception
Thursday, March 29 from 5 – 6:30 p.m., South Gallery

Panel Discussion co-chaired by NIU Professor Kristen Myers, Director, Center for the Study of Women, Gender and Sexuality and guest-curator Nirmal Raja with artists from the exhibition.
Thursday, March 29, 6:40 – 8:15 p.m., Altgeld Hall 315

Installation view of Pallavi Sharma. Carry On. Found suitcase, soil and barley grass. n.d.
Pallavi Sharma. Carry On. 2010.  Found suitcase, soil and barley grass, (24 x 18 x 8"). Photograph courtesy Nirmal Raja, exhibition guest curator. 

All We are Breaking are Stones

April 5 - May 18, 2018
An exhibition of work by Chicago artist Shaurya Kumar who reflects on loss, destruction, iconoclasm and marginalization. The raw materiality of his installations combined with the representation of architectural forms suggest ruin but are layered with notions of transformation and narrative. 

Public Reception 
Thursday, April 5 from 5 – 7:30 p.m., North and Rotunda Galleries

Artist Gallery Talk: Shaurya Kumar 
Thursday, April 5, 6 – 6:30 p.m., Rotunda Gallery


Installation view of Pallavi Sharma. Carry On. Found suitcase, soil and barley grass. n.d.
Shaurya Kumar. Pittu. 2016. Foam, handmade paper with cotton and abaca, Methyl Cellulose, rubber, wool fleece, thread, caulk, (48 x 96" stacked, 30.7" ball diameter). Installation documentation courtesy the artist.

Across Space and Time:
Cultural Perseverance of Indian Heritage

April 5 - May 18, 2018
Celebrates the living culture of India through artifacts that explore the beautiful, meaningful and functional threads joining past and present. Curated by the ART 656 Museum Exhibitions and Interpretation graduate students enrolled in the NIU interdisciplinary Certificate in Museum Studies.

Installation view of Pallavi Sharma. Carry On. Found suitcase, soil and barley grass. n.d.
Artist unknown, Figure on horse. 19th century. Gouache and gold leaf on paper, (9.125 x 9.25"). Courtesy Robert Wolfe, Jr.

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