Visions of India in California: Bringing South Asia to the Sunshine State
with Edward L. Rothfarb
Independent scholar Edward L. Rothfarb discusses the mythology of India in California's visual culture. What, if anything, does Beatrice Wood's interest in Indian art and spirituality have to do with 20th Century Fox's 1955 film, The Rains of Ranchipur, the domed Lake Shrine and Retreat in Pacific Palisades, and Norton Simon's collection of South Asian sculpture? Rothfarb will explore the visual connections between California and India, each the font of rich imaginaries.
Edward Rothfarb is a scholar and art historian whose work focuses on India. His first book, In the Land of the Taj Mahal, was published by Henry Holt and Company in 1998. His forthcoming book, titled Orchha and Beyond: Design at the Court of Raja Bir Singh Dev Bundela will be published this Spring by Marg (Mumbai).