WAUSAU – Spice up summertime by experiencing contemporary artwork of “Many Vision, Many Versions: Art from Indigenous Communities in India.” This exhibition, featuring dazzling patterns, vibrant colors and nonlinear storytelling, is on view at the Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Musuem through Aug. 30.

Ram Singh Urveti, Woodpecker and the Ironsmith, 2011, acrylic on canvas, © 2015, courtesy of BINDU Modern Gallery, photo by Sneha Ganguly

Learn about life and culture in India through artworks from central India’s Gond and Warli communities, the Mithila region of Bihar and the narrative scroll painters of West Bengal. These distinct and imaginative Indian cultures are united by a common love of narrative as a source of meaning in daily life. The resulting artwork is imbued with tradition, yet dynamically responsive to contemporary global issues.

The exhibition features more than 40 paintings and drawings by 24 artists, including Jangarh Singh Shyam, Jivya Soma Mashe, Sita Devi and Swarna Chitrakar.

India Art & Culture Quest

In addition to exhibition artwork on view, colorful objects showcasing the culture of India include rangoli floor paintings – a welcome sign featured in Indian homes, thresholds, festive celebrations and daily rituals – using dyed rice flour and sand to create colorful symmetrical and ephemeral artwork.

A note about the Museum’s summer programs

All programs in June and July are suspended to help slow the spread of COVID-19; whether August programs can take place has yet to be determined. For details, check the online events calendar at https://www.lywam.org/events-calendar/