Hopkins at Home lecture

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Professor Rebecca M. Brown presents a piece of her current research project on southern Indian artist KCS Paniker (1911-77) for a “Hopkins at Home” lecture. Entitled “(Not) Reading the Signs: Writing and Script in Modern Asian and Islamic Art,” the talk explores  the complexity of writing and scripts in 20th c. artists’ works, from floating letters, scribbles that look like writing, coded inscriptions, pseudo-characters, and imitations of Mayan and Egyptian hieroglyphics. Professor  Brown invites us to think about script and sign systems in modern and contemporary art from around the world, focusing first on KCS Paniker, an artist from India active in the 1960s and 1970s, and then situating him within a larger context of artists from that period and later who experimented with scripts—Arabic, Persian, and Chinese—to different ends.