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ExhibitionMithila Painting: The Evolution of an Art Form

Sep 14–Dec 1, 2013

Exhibition Overview

Since the fourteenth century, women in the Mithila region of Bihar, India, have practiced a distinctive traditional form of domestic wall painting. In the 1960s, some women began to make these paintings on paper to sell for income. Since then, women have started including images from contemporary life while staying committed to the traditional esthetics and expressive power. This exhibition of more than forty paintings documents the vitality and evolution of Mithila painting since 1970.

Programming & Financial Support

The exhibition was organized by the Ethnic Arts Foundation and curated by David Szanton, President, Ethnic Arts Foundation and Patter Hellstrom, Artist/Curator, PHVA.

Generous support for this exhibition has been provided by the Chazen Museum of Art Council and the Wisconsin Arts Board with funds from the State of Wisconsin and the National Endowment for the Arts.