Alakananda Mukerji: Then and Now: Power and Politics in New York City

January 31- February 25, 2012

Opening Reception: Thursday, February 2, 6-8 pm

Closing Reception: Saturday, February 25, 3-6 pm

Professor Murkerji’s work is defined as aesthetic activism as she is interested in changing herself and others through the practice and discipline of making art. The images in Professor Mukerji’s artwork are a fusion of tradition and current contemporary concepts. Her artwork is inspired by memory, observation and a connection to New York City. Her artwork is evidence of her passport to numerous countries that she has visited. These countries are her connection with the many people that find their way to New York City.

Professor Mukerji’s artwork presents itself as an aesthetic intervention between recollections and decisive actions. Her content is compelling; it attracts her viewer and then suggests action. Often that action is internal and at times it helps the viewer to reconnect with the world outside. Her figures are reconstructions of studies of the human form; they suggest a psychology that is both familiar to her viewers and yet very personal to the artist. Professor Mukerji’s art bring us closer to her experiences while connecting us to our own experiences.

Both her figures and landscape are described in new and exciting ways with new and exciting colors. Professor Mukerji has expanded the vocabulary of watercolor painting and lithography. Both her attention to color and the lack of color create a composition that is reminiscence of a composer using the absence of sounds to emphasize the attentiveness of other sounds.