Situating William Gedney

11:00 am–1:00 pm
The Jehangir Nicholson Art Foundation, Mumbai


The University of Chicago  Alumni Club of India in partnership with the Jehangir Nicholson Art Foundation organised "Situating William Gedney-  A workshop and  curated walk-through."
The workshop included a walk-through of the 'Gedney in India' show and an activity where the participants discovered their talent by going around the Museum and taking photographs which were projected and discussed.

The Jehangir Nicholson Art Foundation was founded after the death of Jehangir Nicholson. To honour his long-standing wish to open his collection to a large public, the entire collection shall for the next 15 years be housed at the Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya at Mumbai, where it adds a modern and contemporary dimension to the Museum. The Jehangir Nicholson Collection comprises nearly 800 works of modern and contemporary art from India, acquired between 1968 and 2001. The earliest work in the collection dates back to 1930. Between 1976 and 2008, 57 paintings from the collection were on display at the Jehangir Nicholson Museum of Modern Art at the National Centre for the Performing Arts (NCPA). The Collection is held by a private foundation represented by Cyrus Guzder and Kaiwan Kalyaniwalla, the Executors of the estate of Jehangir Nicholson. The Foundation has an Advisory Board, consisting of Dadiba Pundole, Ranjit Hoskote and Mehlli Gobhai.

William Gedney (1932-1989) is recognised as one of the key figures of American black-and-white street photography. His photographs of India were taken during two extensive trips, first as a Fullbright scholar from 1969 to 1971, when he lived in Benares for fourteen months with a local family, and ten years later during a four-month stay in Calcutta.
This exhibition brings to light the depth and significance of Gedney’s work for the history of photography in India. It is the first museum presentation dedicated to his India work.


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