Professor at the School of Arts and Aesthetics at Jawaharlal Nehru University, Delhi
Regional expertise: India
Special areas of interest/research: exhibiting Indian art from an Indian perspective, contemporary art
|Jyotindra Jain was Director of the Crafts Museum, Delhi from 1984 to 2000. As a Director he revived traditional arts and handicrafts of India, including those from the tribal areas. He invited traditional artists and craftsmen from all over India to Delhi and presented their work in pioneering exhibitions, according them the same honour and attention generally shown towards ‘modern’ artists. Jain breaks down prejudices concerning crafts and art, tradition and modernity, ‘low’ and ‘high’ culture. Currently, Jyotindra Jain is a Distinguished Visiting Professor at the School of Arts and Aesthetics at Jawaharlal Nehru University, Delhi. From 2000-2008 he was Professor and Director of the School of Arts and Aesthetics, and from 2008-2010 head of the Indira Gandhi National Centre for the Arts, an art academy in Delhi.|
Jain, Jyotindra, “Curating Culture, Curating Territory. Religio-Political Mobility in India”, in: Gayatri Singha (ed.), Art and Visual Culture in India 1857-2007, Mumbai 2009, pp. 218–235.
Jain, Jyotindra (ed.), India’s popular Culture. Iconic spaces and fluid images, Mumbai 2008.
Jain, Jyotindra , Kalighat Paintings: Images from a Changing World, Ahmedabad/New York 2008.