Sunday, Oct 20, 2019 at 10:00am
Plainsboro Public Library, October2019– “Ethnic Expo”, an exhibit of Indian textiles, opens at Plainsboro Library on October 5. Curated by Anita Kulkarni, the exhibit is designed as a visual and tactile experience that features both framed art and unframed art that can be touched.It is also educational, exploring the rich artistic traditions of India. A reception will be held on Sunday, October 6, 2 – 4 pm, where visitors can view a live demonstration of Warli and Madhubani Hand painting styles (3:30-4 pm). The show runs through October 30.
As the show’s curator explains, “The legacy of Indian silk-making and weaving is rich and long-standing. The gorgeous silks are unmatched in their charm; and when improvised with India’s regional culture and symbolism they produce some of the finest textiles in the world. The silk weaving skills run in the families where older generations hand down the knowledge to the younger ones in an informal process. Most art is learned via observation and imbibed through years of practice. There are no manuals, no standardization, by far no formal training, and despite the extraordinary art they create, livelihood may still be a struggle for artisans. But the product is superlative, and world class in its quality, artistry and appearance. India presents a great range of weaving trends with their textures, dying methods, design philosophy, motive selection and symbolism, color palettes, gold-silver brocade (zari) and opulent embroidery.”
Anita Kulkarni holds a Bachelor’s in Architecture (Bombay University, India) and Master’s in Landscape Architecture (University of Massachusetts, Amherst, MA) and has over 25 years of experience in the field of architecture and design. Born and raised in India, Anita came to the US for her higher studies. She has published many articles on the subject of architecture.
While designing interiors, she chanced upon the fascinating traditional silk weaving, hand-painting and threadwork styles embedded in different Indian regions. The story of context and traditions defining forms became a central concept in her explorations and in her work. Anita has accessorized many of her spaces with the alive, colorful, depictive elements of silk, and in addition has continued to research the amazing but lesser known visual arts of India.
Also deeply passionate about Indian classical music and dance, Anita is a producer-director of stage productions in music and dance, a painter in mixed media and also a published author who regards art as an expression of soul and a connection with the divine. It is with this inspiration that she founded Renu – The Foundation for Art - a New Jersey non-profit organization dedicated to arts. The Foundation is prolifically active internationally with the mission of interpreting the uplifting Indian arts to global audiences for their beauty, spirituality and enrichment. This textile exhibit, “Ethnic Expo” is one part of the Renu organization. Visit http/renufoundationforarts.org for more information.
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