When All That Is Solid Melts into Air

March 4–November 1, 2020

Featuring Indian folk art as well as less traditional forms, this exhibition tells the story of the momentous social and artistic transformations that unfolded in the relationship between the “modern” and the “folk” in India after 1947.

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  • Gauri Gill and Rajesh Vangad: A Seed's Journey, 2019, from the series Fields of Sight, 2013–ongoing; acrylic paint on archival pigment print; 42 x 62 in.; BAMPFA, museum purchase. © Gauri Gill and Rajesh Vangad.

  • Baua Devi: Untitled, 1983; watercolor; 21 1/4 x 29 1/2 in.; BAMPFA, museum purchase.

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  • Sunday, May 17, 3 PM

    CANCELED: Artist’s Talk: Gauri Gill

    “One of India’s most respected photographers” (New York Times) talks about the evolution of her photographic practice, her collaborative projects, and her ongoing engagement with rural India since 1999.

    All film screenings and public programs at BAMPFA have been temporarily canceled. Learn more

  • Saturday, April 11, 11:30 AM or 1 PM

    CANCELED: Gallery + Studio: Life Stories in Mithila Painting

    See how artists from northern India combine aspects of tradition with contemporary ideas, and use them as inspiration to develop your own “Life Story” painting.

    All film screenings and public programs at BAMPFA have been temporarily canceled. Learn more

    For ages 6 to 12 with accompanying adult(s)

  • Wednesday, March 4, and Friday, April 17, 12 PM

    CANCELED: Gallery Talks: When All That Is Solid Melts into Air

    The UC Berkeley student curators of When All That Is Solid Melts into Air offer their cultural and scholarly insights into the work on view.

    All film screenings and public programs at BAMPFA have been temporarily canceled. Learn more