NUS Museum Exhibitions

Sculpting Life: The Ng Eng Teng Collection

Until 29 Nov 2015
NUS Museum

Free Admission.

Presented as an open storage and second in a series of permanent exhibitions on artist Ng Eng Teng, Sculpting Life brings together a range of works that facilitate a mapping of the artist’s history and his explorations. Gathered are early pieces completed during his formative years at the Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts (Singapore), Stoke-on-Trent College of Art (UK) and as a ceramic designer in Ireland from the late 1950s and 1960s; early explorations in ceramics and ciment fondu that foreground the mature phases of his practice; and seminal sculptural pieces that marked his importance among a generation of Singapore artists emerging during period of the 1960s. Documentations, drawings and maquettes will accompany the selection, providing an expansive view of his practice. The exhibition is also devised to prompt a mapping of themes and conceptual concerns of the artist. Significant among these, explorations into the human condition through an evolving articulation of the human form and their emotive potentials, and by doing so, he invests into them oblique and direct references to questions of self and identity.

[Image: Ng Eng Teng, Fright (detail), 1979, Ciment fondu, paint, lacquer, NUS Museum Ng Eng Teng Collection]

 Exhibition brochure

NUS Museum Events

Singapore Art Week 2015
NUS Baba House

16 - 25 January 2015

NUS Baba House, 157 Neil Road

Singapore Art Week (17 - 25 January 2015) is an initiative by the National Arts Council, in partnership with the Singapore Tourism Board and Singapore Economic Development Board. The Singapore Art Week reinforces Singapore's position as Asia's leading arts destination. It is a nine-day celebration of the visual arts, offering a myriad of quality art experiences, including blockbuster art fairs, exciting gallery openings and lifestyle events, world-class exhibitions, public art walks, as well as enriching discussions. www.artweek.sg.

In January 2015, the NUS Baba House is collaborating with the National Arts Council to offer special site-specific programmes such as heritage tours, cyanotype workshops and a programme called CultureHackSG 1.0 during Singapore Art Week.

Heritage Tours (16 - 18, 23 - 25 January 2015)
This one-hour heritage tour introduces visitors to the history and architectural features of the House, the Straits Chinese domestic culture and the exhibition at the gallery on the third floor.

*Free, limited to 13 persons per tour. For more details and to register, please visit bhtours.peatix.com.

Cyanotype Workhops (17 & 24 January 2015)
This two-hour workshop will allow participants to get hands-on exposure in creating a cyanotype print on fabric - one of the methods used by Mintio & Kabul in creating the artworks displayed in the exhibition at the NUS Baba House.

*Fees are $30 per participant and include all workshop materials. For more details and to register, please visit bhcyanotype.peatix.com

CultureHackSG 1.0 (Sharing sessions: 23 - 25 January 2015)
CultureHackSG 1.0 is a programme which will be launched at the NUS Baba House as part of the Singapore Art Week 2015. This inaugural instalment explores the idea of hybridity. Inspiration is drawn from two notable instances of hybrid encounters - an early 20th century (c. 1920) setting at the NUS Baba House, and contents of recipe books written for European residents in Malaya.

*Sharing sessions are $10 per participant. For more details and to register, please visit bhculturehacksg.peatix.com.

[Image: NUS Baba House.]

Curating Lab 2014: Phase 03
Programmes


31 January 2015 (Saturday)

10am - 6.30pm
NUS Museum

Free admission with registration. Please register at http://clabnusm.peatix.com/.

The following programmes are presented in conjunction with Shubigi Rao: Exquisite Corpseand Pictureshow, two of three exhibitions making up Curating Lab: Phase 03. 
 

10AM - 1PM | PICTURESHOW: NODES OF LOOKING
in conjunction with Pictureshow
Speakers:
Stefano Harney, Ground Provisions collective
A/P Stuart Derbyshire, Dept of Psychology, NUS
A/P Maurizio Peleggi, Dept of History, NUS
Shubigi Rao, artist
Kannan Chandran, publisher (moderator)


3 - 4PM | PULP: A SHORT BIOGRAPHY OF THE BANISHED BOOK
 in conjunction with Shubigi Rao: Exquisite Corpse
By:
Shubigi Rao, artist

4 - 6.30PM | NOTES FROM THE (UNDER)GROUND
in conjunction with Shubigi Rao: Exquisite Corpse

Speakers:
A/P Farish A Noor, S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies, NTU
A/P John Miksic, Dept of Southeast Asian Studies, NUS
Koh Nguang How, archivist and artist
Yu-Mei Balasingamchow, writer and independent curator

 

To view the e-flyer, please click here.

For more information on Curating Lab: http://curating-lab.blogspot.sg/ or https://www.facebook.com/curatinglab2014


 

 

 

Curating Lab 2014: Phase 03
Programmes


1 February 2015 (Sunday)

2 - 6.30pm
91 Lorong J Telok Kurau, #01-109
Telok Kurau Studios

Free admission with registration. Please register at http://clabtks.peatix.com/.

The following programmes are presented in conjunction with Conditions of Production, one of three exhibitions making up Curating Lab: Phase 03. 

**Please note that each session has a maximum of 25 pax due to the venue's space constraints. If you are unable to obtain a ticket, please join the waitlist (to be released). You will be informed if spaces become available.

2 - 4PM | SHIFTING REPRESENTATIONS


Speakers:
Lina Adam, artist
Wang Ruobing, artist and independent curator
Dr Margaret Tan, Tembusu College, NUS


4.30 - 6.30PM | TRAVERSING SPACES

Speakers:

Tan Liting, theatre practitioner
Chu Chu Yuan, artist
Raksha Mahtani, researcher and theatre practitioner


To view the e-flyer, please click here.

For more information on Curating Lab: http://curating-lab.blogspot.sg/ or https://www.facebook.com/curatinglab2014


 

 

 

[Panel discussion] Grounded Conversations
with Lee Weng Choy, Nora A. Taylor & Shubigi Rao

in conversation with Lucy Davis

7 February 2015 (Saturday)

3.30pm - 5pm
NUS Museum

Free with registration. Please register at http://storiesofwood.peatix.com/.

In this session, Grounded Conversations brings together artists, critics and scholars for a series of discussions on how various art practitioners located in this region have dealt with the question of materiality in their work. Ranging across various mediums such as writing, rattan and lacquer, this session will function simultaneously as a panel discussion, which marks the closing of the exhibition "When you get closer to the heart, you may find cracks..." | Stories of Wood by the Mirgrant Ecologies Project held at the NUS Museum.  

[Image: Tang Da Wu, "Jantung Pisang: heart of a tree, heart of a people", The Substation, May 1999. Courtesy of Koh Nguang How]

To view the e-flyer, please click here.
 

 

 

[Malaya Black & White film screening]
Ricochet (David Bowie, 1984)

 

15 April 2015 (Wednesday)

7.00pm
NUS Museum

Free with registration. Please register at http://ricochet.peatix.com/.

*[UPDATE] The screening is currently sold-out. Seats may become available if there are any cancellations. Please refer to the Peatix site for updates.

"I am supposed to say something to the children in the Singapore audience. These children who are doomed to ride the up escalator forever."
David Bowie, Serious Moonlight World Tour Book


In December 1983, David Bowie's massive Serious Moonlight tour arrived in Asia for three shows in Hong Kong, Bangkok and Singapore, virtually uncharted territory for major rock acts at the time. Young documentarist Gerry Troyna was hired to capture the trip and not make a traditional 'rockumentary'. The resulting triptych depicts Bowie's strange encounters with other cultures. In Singapore (which is the most compelling part of the film) he grapples with the city's contradictions, befriending Chinese Opera performers, drifting through alienating shopping malls, culminating in the troubled, almost cancelled concert in the National Stadium (organised by Goh Poh Seng).

This screening is part of the Beyond Saint Jack segment under the NUS Museum's Malaya Black & White film series.

To view the e-flyer, please click here.
 

 

 

About Michael Sullivan
[NUS Museum’s Anniversary Lecture by T.K. Sabapathy]

30 April 2015 (Thursday)

7.00pm
University Cultural Centre Theatre

Free Admission with registration at http://aboutsullivan.peatix.com
*Event is strictly by registration only as limited seating is available.
 

This April 2015, the NUS Museum will mark the 60th anniversary of the founding of the University of Malaya Art Museum, the predecessor institution of the NUS Museum. The occasion is marked by our Anniversary Lecture, About Michael Sullivan by T.K. Sabapathy on Thursday, 30 April, 7pm at the University Cultural Centre Theatre.

 

[Malaya Black & White film screening]
World For Ransom

 
20 May 2015 (Wednesday)

7.00pm
Ngee Ann Kongsi Auditorium, NUS University Town


Free with registration. Please register at http://world4ransom.peatix.com/.

Following a well-established Hollywood tradition of 'setting' films in an imaginary version of Singapore, World For Ransom, directed by the fledgling auteur Robert Aldrich, is arguably the best of the lot. Aldrich conjures his ersatz Lion City from leftover sets, props and actors from the z-budget TV series 'China Smith' (also set in 'Singapore'). The plot is a hybrid of pitch-dark film noir and atomic-era espionage hokum (anticipating the spy flicks of the '60s), casting its Oriental-Tropical city as a zone of criminality and perversity. The great Dan Duryea plays one of the saddest, most abused anti-heros in all of noir, a 'good' man whose sacrifices and compromised personal ethics point towards Jack Flowers and Saint Jack.

This screening is part of the Beyond Saint Jack segment under the NUS Museum's Malaya Black & White film series.

To view the e-flyer, please click here.
 

 

 

[Performance-Lecture by Tisna Sanjaya]
"There are too many episodes of people coming here..." [projects 2008 - 2014]

 
28 May 2015 (Thursday)

7.00pm
NUS Museum

Free with registration. Please register at http://episodes.peatix.com/.

Programme
7 - 7.15pm: Curatorial introduction to "There are too many episodes of people coming here..." [projects 2008 - 2014]
7.15 - 8pm: Performance-Lecture by Tisna Sanjaya
8 - 8.30pm: Exhibition Tour
8.30pm: Reception

On occasion of the exhibition, “There are too many episodes of people coming here…” [projects 2008 – 2014], Indonesian artist Tisna Sanjaya will be conducting a performance-lecture that revisits his 2011 exhibition presented at the Museum, Cigondewah: An art project by Tisna Sanjaya. As a project that began in 2007 and attempted to articulate a post-auratic positioning of art and artist within a communitarian framework of purpose and agency, the performance-lecture will evaluate and prospect evolving strategies, and the complex complicities that necessarily link between advocacy, the exhibitionary and publics, within and beyond Cigondewah. A publication on Tisna’s project Cigondewah will also be launched during the occasion of the lecture.

About the artist

A socially-engaged artist, Tisna uses a wide range of techniques and medium available (drawing, etching, aquatint, mixed media, installation and performance art) to raise awareness of the human, social and political conditions in Indonesia, though often done so with a characteristic humour. He has exhibited widely both in Europe and Asia, and was most recently included as part of the exhibition Secret Archipelago at the Palais de Tokyo in March 2015.

Exhibition runs till November 2015.

To view the e-flyer, please click here.
 

 

 

Creative Chinese Calligraphy & Ink Painting
In conjunction with Children’s Season 2015

6 & 13 June 2015 (Saturdays)
20 & 27 June 2015 (Saturdays) *Repeat Session*

2pm - 4.30pm

NUS Museum

Age Group: 7 years – 12 years

Fees: $20/per parent-child pair. Limited to 15 pairs of parent child per session. (Minimum of 12 pairs to conduct workshop.)

Register: http://calligraphyforkids.peatix.com/

For enquiries, please email museum@nus.edu.sg or call 6516-8817 / 4616. 

Sign up for our Chinese calligraphy and ink painting workshops this June to explore more about these traditional Chinese art forms.During the first session, parents and children will be introduced to the history of Chinese calligraphy before learning basic brush techniques and simple characters.

In the next session, you will discover how to paint traditional subjects such as bamboo, trees, flowers, and birds amongst others. At the end of the workshop, each team gets to bring home their own unique work!

[Image: Courtesy of Chang studio.]


Children’s Season 2015 is jointly presented by National Heritage Board and Museum Roundtable.

For more information, please click here

Conserving Our Heritage
In conjunction with Children’s Season 2015

13 June 2015 (Saturday)
20 June 2015 (Saturday) *Repeat Session*

10.30am - 12.30pm

NUS Museum

Age Group: 9 years – 12 years

Fees: $15/per parent-child pair. Limited to 15 pairs of parent child per session. (Minimum of 9 pairs to conduct workshop.)

Register: http://conservationforkids.peatix.com/

For enquiries, please email museum@nus.edu.sg or call 6516-8817 / 4616. 

Join us for a heritage conservation workshop this June holidays to learn more about the importance of heritage, who looks after it and why we must protect it. Families will also learn more about how museums and art galleries look after their artefacts, which may be affected by light damage, temperature, humidity and object handling. Each parent-child team will get hands-on experience in applying conservation techniques to conserve artefacts!

[Image: Portrait of a Baby, oil on canvas. Image courtesy of Beneka Art Conservation]

Children’s Season 2015 is jointly presented by National Heritage Board and Museum Roundtable.

 

[Film Screening]
Love is a Many-Splendored Thing

20 June 2015, 2.30pm

Ngee Ann Kongsi Auditorium, NUS University Town

[Panel Discussion]
Han Suyin in Malaya: In conversation with Professor Koh Tai Ann and Ina Zhang

25 July 2015, 3.30pm

ST Lee Atrium, NUS Museum

Free with registration. Please register at http://hansuyin.peatix.com/

As part of a two-part programme on the life and ideas of Han Suyin, NUS Museum presents this film screening of Love is a Many-Splendored Thing as an introduction to Han Suyin, prior to her arrival in Malaya. The second part on 25 July 2015 will feature Professor Koh Tai Ann and Ms Ina Zhang, a journalist, in conversation as they discuss Han Suyin in Malaya, her views, her writings and her ideas.

As a contemporary of Marco Hsu, a Chinese writer who wrote a series of newspaper articles under the title A Brief History of Malayan Art, Han Suyin was part of the diversity of voices that reflected the aspirations of the different communities of Malaya. Together, this programme considers how Han Suyin’s ideas may still have resonance fifty years after the merger and independence of Singapore.

About the Foundations Series
Held in conjunction with the exhibition Between Here and Nanyang: Marco Hsu’s Brief History of Malayan Art, the Foundations Series is conceived to contextualise art and artistic practices against the backdrop of nation building and independence in the period of the merger of Singapore and Malaya.

[Malaya Black & White film screening]
So Darling, So Deadly

 
8 July 2015 (Wednesday)

7.00pm
Ngee Ann Kongsi Auditorium, NUS University Town


Free with registration. Please register at http://sodarling.peatix.com.

While Hong Kong and Bangkok would be visited by 007 himself, Singapore had to make do with Agent Joe Walker AKA Kommissar X, an American spy-cum-detective based on a series of German pulp fictions in this mostly Italian production starring American B-listers Tony Kendall and (bodybuilder turned actor) Brad Harris. The plot is ludicrous guff about atomic secrets, but the film’s almost entirely shot on location in Singapore and Johor, and is never less than beautifully photographed. Our simple-minded Western heroes blunder, leap, ogle and fight their way through Singapore’s top tourist spots, epitomising a flippant machismo which Saint Jack would dismantle over a decade later.

This screening is part of the Beyond Saint Jack segment under the NUS Museum's Malaya Black & White film series.

To view the e-flyer, please click here.
 

[Malaya Black & White film screening]
Paper Tiger

 
22 July 2015 (Wednesday)

7.00pm
Ngee Ann Kongsi Auditorium, NUS University Town


Free with registration. Please register at http://papertiger.peatix.com.
Registration opens 9 July 2015.

Made during the peak of the 1970s 'adventure moie' boom, where motley groupings of ageing Hollywood stars got rugged with machine guns and semi-forgettable films, often shot in exotic locales. Here, the backdrop is Malaysia, fictionalised as 'Kulagong', and the stars are David Niven and Toshiro Mifune, in a story about an ex-sholdier turned child's tutor who's forced by circumstances to prove whether he is the man he claims to be. The director, Ken Annakin, was returning to Malaysiaas a setting two decades after he made the Malayan Emergency melodrama, The Planter's Wife, and the film's soundtrack is by jazz supremo Roy Budd.

This screening is part of the Beyond Saint Jack segment under the NUS Museum's Malaya Black & White film series.

Preserving the 19th Century Townhouse Architecture
Conservation and Restoration of 157 Neil Road

5 August 2015 (Wednesday)

6.30pm - 8.30pm
NUS Baba House, 157 Neil Road

EVENT IS FULLY REGISTERED
Free admission with registration. Limited to 45pax. To register, please email babahouse@nus.edu.sg.

Have you ever wondered about what it takes to restore a delicate heritage building like the NUS Baba House? How does one balance between conserving the house, while meeting the needs of its intended new role, and aspirations of its community? 6 years after its opening, what are the on-going challenges in maintaining this heritage house into the future?

Come and hear about the challenges and the processes first hand, from Mr Kelvin Ang of the Urban Redevelopment Authority (URA), who was the conservation consultant for the house. NUS and the URA were the architectural, engineering and conservation partners for the restoration project.

[Image: NUS Baba House.]

To view the e-flyer, please click here.

[Malaya Black & White film screening]
The Virgin Soldiers [M18]

 
13 August 2015 (Thursday)

7.00pm
Ngee Ann Kongsi Auditorium, NUS University Town

Free with registration. Please register at http://virginsoldiers.peatix.com.

Patrons under 18 will not be permitted entry. Age check will be conducted at the door; please bring a valid photo ID for verification purposes. 

The Hollywood studios’ flirtation with shooting in Singapore began with Pretty Polly in 1966 and ended with The Virgin Soldiers in 1969. This time the literary source was Leslie Thomas’s raunchy, pacifist bestseller about loose-end recruits sweating out the Malayan Emergency. Here, an angelic Hywel Bennett plays Brigg, the innocent serviceman, caught up in love, lust, boredom, and eventually violence in Singapore and across the causeway. It was shot in Selerang Barracks and Chinatown in Singapore and Port Dixon in Malaysia. The novel’s episodic structure and matter-of-fact approach to the horror of war proves tricky to translate, but for a film usually marketed as a broad comedy (and there’s plenty of that), it has a powerful anti-war message.
 
This screening is part of the Beyond Saint Jack segment under the NUS Museum's Malaya Black & White film series.

 

Grounded Conversations
A stroll through dense green with Hong Sek Chern

15 August 2015 (Saturday)

2.30pm - 4pm 
NUS Museum

Free with registration. Please register at http://densegreen.peatix.com

Held in-conjunction with the ongoing exhibition, Scholars & Ink: Artists from NUS and the Alumni, NUS Museum presents A stroll through dense green by participating artist Hong Sek Chern, part of the Grounded Conversations series. The talk's title was derived from the title of a painting Dense Green Covering the Spring Mountain by Ming Dynasty painter Dai Jin. Using this as a starting point, Sek Chern will initiate a walk through some key ideas within the genre of traditional Chinese ink landscape painting and the artist's negotiation of past tradition with current concerns. The Scholars & Ink exhibition runs till 23 August 2015.

Image: Detail of Dai Jin's Dense Green Covering the Spring Mountains, hanging scroll, ink on paper, 141 x 53.4cm, collection of Shanghai Museum.

 

Herbs, Spices, Fruits & Flowers
What goes into the Peranakan cooking pot?

19 August 2015 (Wednesday)

6.30pm - 8.30pm
NUS Baba House, 157 Neil Road
 

EVENT IS FULLY REGISTERED
Limited to 30pax. To register, please email babahouse@nus.edu.sg.

Discover the variety of ingredients that goes into the Peranakan cooking pot.  These fresh and dried herbs, spices, fruits and flowers may include tiny but potent purple shallots, tart and sour green baby starfruits, sticky and sappy unripe jackfruit, and deep indigo blue pea flowers. 

Come and listen to Peranakan cook and archivist, Louis Chan, as he shares with us his journey into the world of Peranakan cooking and the use of these ingredients.  There will also be a short demonstration on how spices are traditionally prepared in a pestle and mortar.

[Image: Blending of spices, galangal, turmeric and shallots in a mortar and pestle. Image courtesy of Mr Louis Chan.]

[Malaya Black & White film screening]
Wit's End [M18]

 
20 August 2015 (Thursday)

7.00pm
Ngee Ann Kongsi Auditorium, NUS University Town

Free with registration. Please register at http://witsend.peatix.com.

Patrons under 18 will not be permitted entry. Age check will be conducted at the door; please bring a valid photo ID for verification purposes. 
 
Sporadically released to US drive-ins and grindhouses in the mid-70s and then retitled G.I Executioner by Troma in the ‘80s, when it became something of a VHS hit, this bizarre independent film was actually shot in Singapore in December 1969. It’s based on a story by American war correspondents (Ian Ward and Keith Lorenz) hoping for an update of Casablanca for the Vietnam-era. Instead, in the hands of notorious purveyor of perverse schlock, Joel M. Reed, it’s a dire mish-mash of spy movie cliches, Ed Wood-level performances and shameless sexploitation, with a strain of homophobia that reaches hysterical levels. A demented ‘bad movie’ masterpiece and an extraordinary portrait of a city desperate to be in the movies. You have been warned!
 
This screening is part of the Beyond Saint Jack segment under the NUS Museum's Malaya Black & White film series.
 

[Malaya Black & White film screening]
Hawaii Five-0 - The Year of the Horse

 
3 September 2015 (Thursday)

7.00pm
Ngee Ann Kongsi Auditorium, NUS University Town

Free with registration. Please register at http://hawaii50.peatix.com/.

It was the summer of 1978 and the biggest TV show in the world was in Singapore shooting not one but two episodes! Meanwhile, elsewhere on the island, Peter Bogdanovich was secretly making a film, happy in the knowledge that with Jack Lord on the cover of The Straits Times every day, no one would care what he was doing. The Year of the Horse is the shadow production to Saint Jack, filmed at the same time, and sharing some of the same actors (George Lazenby and Osman Jailani), it was directed by Don Weis, a capable TV veteran known for The Adventures of Haji Baba, and features a Ministry of Culture approved story about drug smugglers operating out of the Lion City. Eventually shown as a ‘feature length’ closer to Season Eleven of the series, the material has been beautifully preserved, so this is a nostalgic treat for location-spotters.
 
This screening is part of the Beyond Saint Jack segment under the NUS Museum's Malaya Black & White film series.
 

From Sansovino to Streamline Moderne
A history of the Singapore Shophouse

17 September 2015 (Thursday)

6.30pm - 8.30pm
NUS Baba House, 157 Neil Road

EVENT IS FULL Limited to 45 pax. To register, please email babahouse@nus.edu.sg.

From Samsovino to Streamline Moderne explores the history and development of the Singapore shophouse from the early 19th century to the present day. We will examine the origins of this type of building in southern China and draw parallels with similar styles of architecture in other parts of Nanyang – wherever Chinese merchants established trading ports in times past.

We will then trace the evolution of shophouse architecture in Singapore from a Chinese prototype through to the final stage of its development in the 1970s, pausing to reflect on the many different architectural styles the shophouse has passed through along the way – Baroque, Rococo, Neo-Classical and Streamline Moderne, among them – each of which is situated in a historical context.

[Image: Row of Shophouses along Everton Road]

The Peranakan Wedding 
Cheo Thau Ceremony

23 September 2015 (Wednesday)

6.30pm - 8.30pm
NUS Baba House, 157 Neil Road

EVENT IS FULL Limited to 45 pax. To register, please email babahouse@nus.edu.sg.

With its elaborate rituals and sumptuous feasts, a Baba wedding was a major affair. No expense was spared for this impressive 12-day celebration as it was an essential rite-of-passage for the young Peranakan Chinese in the early half of the 20th century. The rigorous preparations required to make the wedding a reality was a whole-family affair – sewing of bridal garments, decorating the house with resplendent textiles, and making a generous selection of dishes and colourful kueh.

Amongst the rituals throughout the 12-day process, the cheo thau is said to be one of the most significant and most sacred. This highly symbolic ceremony also serves as a reminder to the couple of the duties and responsibilities they need to carry out as they enter married life. Join Baba Alvin Teo as he explores the intricacies of the cheo thau ritual, and illuminates the different aspects that make up the elaborate and spectacular Baba wedding.

[Image: Bride and Groom during a Baba wedding. Photo courtesy of Alvin Teo.]

[Panel discussion]
S.P.U.R. at 50: a reunion

7 October 2015 (Wednesday)

7pm - 8pm 
NUS Museum

Free with registration. Please register at http://spur50.peatix.com

For the ten years of its existence from 1965 to 1975, the Singapore Planning and Urban Research Group was a formidable think-tank comprising the island's most notable architects and planners, and later on, sociologists and other allied experts. The key objective of the group was to collectively study the problems, principles and practices of planning as they affected space-planning and architecture in post-Independence Singapore. They convened talks, forums, exhibitions, published their findings and engaged the government and public in dialogues. In their 50th year, NUS Museum invites its key members back for a reunion and a discussion about their work.

 

[Panel Discussion & Book Launch]
Baroda: A Cosmopolitan Provenance in Transition

14 October 2015 (Wednesday)

5.15pm - 8.30pm 
NUS Museum

Free with registration. Please register at http://baroda.peatix.com

5.15pm - 6pm
Welcome address by Madhvi Subrahmanian
Making of the Book with Editor Priya Maholay-Jaradi

6pm - 7pm [Panel Discussion] Provincial Locations and a Cosmopolitan Asian Art 
with Dr Gauri Krishnan (Director, India Heritage Centre), 
Savita Apte (Director, Independent Art Historian),
Tan Boon Hui (Asst. CE, Museums & Programmes, National Heritage Board and Incoming Vice President Global Arts and Cultural Programmes & Director, Asia Society Museum, NY),
Farah Wardani (Resource Centre, National Gallery Singapore) and
Siddharta Perez (Assistant Curator, NUS Museum)
moderated by Ahmad Mashadi (Head, NUS Museum)

7pm - 8pm [Book launch] Keynote address by Prof Vineeta Sinha (Head, South Asian Studies Programme, NUS)
Closing address by Prof Prasenjit Duara (Raffles Professor of Humanities, NUS & Director of Asia Research Institute)

An oft-asked question in auction rooms and art galleries is: What is the provenance of this artwork? Where does it come from? Baroda: A Cosmopolitan Provenance in Transition establishes Baroda as a “centre” for art production; a place from where a wide range of visual arts originate. Join us as we celebrate the Singapore launch of the publication! The accompanying panel discussion on occasion of the launch aims to move beyond the “Baroda/India” story to emphasize how several such seemingly non-metropolitan centres have an important bearing on the making of an Asian art. Directors of Asian museums, biennales and art fairs alongside academics specializing in Asian studies are invited to locate this work in a larger Asian context and offer ideas for new research on provincial Asias.

 

Grounded Conversations: A Tour with Debbie Ding

24 Oct 2015, 2pm
NUS Museum

Free admission with registration.
http://atourwithdbbd.peatix.com

Held in conjunction with the project The Library of Pulau Saigon, NUS Museum presents an artist talk with Debbie Ding, as part of the Grounded Conversations series. As a point of entry into the project, the artist will lead a virtual walking tour of her personal collection of 3D models of virtual trash bags and litter picked up in-world within Second Life. This conversation will pick up on an aspect of the artist’s practice as one concerned with resurrecting meaning from waste and remains.

"The Only Way Is Up"  
Panel Discussion for Sheltered: Documents for Home

6 November 2015, Friday
7pm - 8.30pm
National Library Building
Level 1, Visitors' Briefing Room

Free admission with registration.
http://onlywayup.peatix.com

Accompanying the off-site component of the exhibition Sheltered: Documents for Home at the National Library Building's Lee Kong Chian Reference Collection, this session brings together a panel of scholars and practitioners to discuss some of the peculiar implications of Singapore's urban landscape where the only way, it seems, is up. Thje accelerating efforts of the Housing and Development Board (HDB) to accomodate everyone and everything into its high-rise public housing schemes had been dubbed a vertical success. Yet such a verticality has also generated, along with it, a whole complex of unanticipated movements, such as a speculated correlation to the frequency of "highrise leap" (suicides) in the '70s and '80s.

This session is grounded by discussions of the respective projects by Debbie Loo ("Passages Home") and The Saturday Projects ("The house behind") developed for the exhibition as attempts to trace these (errant) movements.

For information on the exhibition at the National Library Building, please click here.
To view the e-flyer, please click here.



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