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Artist Talk: Jitish Kallat

Thurs, Sept 12 | 6:00–7:00



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Public Notice 3

Visitors experience Public Notice 3 in its inaugural installation on the Woman’s Board Grand Staircase

This fall, Jitish Kallat’s site-specific installation, Public Notice 3, returns to the Art Institute of Chicago’s Grand Staircase after 14 years.

Initially unveiled on September 11, 2010, the work connects two significant historical events separated by 108 years: the First World Parliament of Religions which began on September 11, 1893, and the attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon on September 11, 2001. At the earlier event, a young Hindu monk, Swami Vivekananda electrified audiences in what is now the museum’s Fullerton Hall with a powerful speech calling for an end to religious fundamentalism, intolerance, and bigotry. 

Join us to hear from Jitish Kallat as he reflects on Public Notice 3, situating it within his broader artistic practice and sharing a cross-section of his diverse work. The talk will conclude with a conversation between the artist, Jitish Kallat, and Alsdorf Associate Curator of Indian, Southeast Asian, and Himalayan Art, Madhuvanti Ghose.

Generously supported by the Bernice and Seymour Nordenberg Fund.

About the Speakers

Jitish Kallat

Jitish Kallat, born in 1974 in Mumbai, continues to live and work in his hometown. His work over the past two decades engages with themes of time, sustenance, recursion, and historical recall, and has been widely exhibited at major museums and institutions worldwide, including Tate Modern and Serpentine Galleries. In 2017, the National Gallery of Modern Art in New Delhi presented a mid-career survey of his work titled “Here After Here 1992–2017,” curated by Catherine David.

Madhu Head Shot 2022

Dr. Madhuvanti Ghose is the inaugural Alsdorf Associate Curator of Indian, Southeast Asian, and Himalayan Art in Arts of Asia. Since joining the museum in 2007, she opened the Alsdorf Galleries in 2008 and has curated and organized numerous exhibitions and installations including Jitish Kallat’s site-specific Public Notice 3 (2010–2011), The Last Harvest: The Art of Rabindranath Tagore (2012), Nilima Sheikh: Each Night Put Kashmir in Your Dreams (2014), and India Modern: The Paintings of M.F. Husain (2017–2018).

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