Dipti Khera, Asst. Prof.
Moderator for Molly EMMA Aitken

Molly EMMA Aitken

Is an Assistant Professor at the Department of Art History and Institute of Fine Arts, New York University. Her research explores the intersections between art and urban topography in South Asia across the media of paintings, maps, architecture and literature. Her broader interests lie in the intellectual thinking on the experience of urban spaces and material things in early modern and colonial periods, historiography of cross-cultural encounters, and decorative arts and arts education. Her recent publications include “‘Designs to Suit Every Taste’: P. Orr and Sons and Swami silver,” in Delight in Design: Indian silver for the Raj and “Engraved Epics: Ornamented Metal Objects,” in Treasures of the Albert Hall.

She is presently writing a book and developing an exhibition with the Arthur M. Freer and Sackler Galleries, Washington, DC and the City Palace Museum, Udaipur, that reveal the major shift in Indian art represented by Udaipur painters’ engagement with conceptualizing place and representing reality in large-scale works in the eighteenth and nineteenth century. Khera earned her Ph.D. in art history and M.A. in museum anthropology from Columbia University. She currently holds the Vivian G. Prins Global Fellowship at NYU, and her research has been supported by fellowships awarded by the Center for Advanced Study in the Visual Arts at the National Gallery of Art, Metropolitan Museum of Art, C.V. Starr Foundation, American Institute of Indian Studies, and Yale University.

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