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Culture Fix: Independent Curator Betty Seid on Rina Banerjee

We are bringing our Rina Banerjee exhibition and our programming to you! Enjoy our first online Culture Fix: a series offering brief explorations of exhibition objects. In this piece, Seid discusses Banerjee’s sculptural work, Her captivity…, 2011.

Rina Banerjee (b. 1963), Her captivity was once someone’s treasure and even pleasure but she blew and flew away took root which grew, we knew this was like no other feather, a third kind of bird that perched on vine intertwined was neither native nor her queens daughters, a peculiar other., 2011. Anglo-Indian pedestal 1860, Victorian birdcage, shells, feathers, gourds, grape vines, coral, fractured Charlotte doll heads, steel knitted mesh with glass beads, Kenyan tourist sculptures, apple gourds. 7 x 7 x 6 ft. Cornell Fine Arts Museum, Purchased with funds from the Michel Roux Acquisitions Fund, 2016.20. © Rina Banerjee.

About the speaker
Betty Seid is an independent curator, writer, and lecturer. From 1995 to 2005, she was Research Associate and Exhibition Coordinator for South Asian Art in the Department of Asian Art of The Art Institute of Chicago. During her ten-year tenure, she curated and oversaw the installation of several important South Asian exhibitions. Her exhibition, New Narratives: Contemporary Art from India, was the first to show 21st-century Indian art in the United States. Most recently, she curated Alteration Activation Abstraction for New York’s Sundaram Tagore Gallery in 2019. As a specialist in South Asian art, Seid gives private museum tours, and has participated in symposia in both the U.S. and India.

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