Dr. Sanyal fosters a meaningful dialog between theories and practices of art.
Sunanda K Sanyal
Professional Title: Associate Professor of Art History
Areas of Academic Focus and Expertise: Art History
Area of Work and Concentration at Lesley: Art History and Critical Studies
Representative List of Recent Courses Taught: Arts of Africa; African-American Artists: From the Harlem Renaissance through the Civil Rights Movement; Art Since 1945; Art History Theory and Methods; The Nude; Representing Representation; Issues in Art History and Visual Culture
Education: PhD, Art History, Emory University (2000); MFA, Art History, Ohio University (1993); MFA, Visual Arts, University of California – San Diego (1990); BA, Liberal Arts, University of Calcutta, India (1985); Diploma in Fine Arts, Rabindra Bharati University, Calcutta, India (1982)
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Originally from India, Sunanda K. Sanyal is an art historian. He is interested in politics of representation and identity; representation and otherness; contemporary artists from former colonies in global discourses; art pedagogy in nineteenth-century Europe and their colonies. Sanyal has chaired panels on contemporary artists of color at various conferences, including the College Art Association, the African Studies Association, and the Arts Council of the African Studies Association. In 2008, he produced and directed a documentary film (58 mins) entitled “A Homecoming Spectacle”, which explores the visual culture of Durga Pujo, an annual religio-cultural festival held in Kolkata, India. Some of Sanyal’s publications in art history and criticism include: “Medi(t)ations of a Decentered Self: the Art of Jayanta Roy” (catalog essay), Nature Morte Gallery, New Delhi, India, 2010; “Modernism and Cultural Politics in East Africa: Cecil Todd’s Drawings of the Uganda Martyrs”, African Arts, spring 2006; “Kabiito Richard’s Paintings: A Local Reinvention in a Global Perspective”, African Arts, summer 2004; “The Local and Beyond: Francis Nnaggenda’s Sculptural Innovations”, NKA, spring/summer, 2003; “Transgressing Borders, Shaping an Art History: Rose Kirumira and Makerere’s Legacy” (In Tobias Doering ed. African Art, Visual Culture and the Museum: Sights/Sites of Creativity and Conflict.
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