September 17–October 17, 2015
Mrs. E. Ross Anderson Auditorium + Barbara and Steven Grossman Gallery

September 17, 2015, 5–7 pm
Opening Reception

Does history repeat itself, or simply rehearse its moves in anticipation? Can we read chronicles in terms of deferrals and déjà-vu rather than in terms of climaxes and closures?

"Luminous Will" refers to an eponymous work by Raqs Media Collective, where the hands of the clock index words that become phrases. The question of what is or can be a 'Luminous Will'—an illuminated, iridescent desire for life itself—is central to the constellation of works that constitute the exhibition. The artists will transform the galleries into a habitat for thoughtfulness, affect, and the elaboration of a playful sense of plenitude.

This exhibition is made possible in part through the generosity of Sandy Moose and Eric Birch. Special thanks to the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum Artist-in-Residency Program.

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September 16, 2015, 6:30–9 pm
"For Giving Time: Graduate Colloquium 2015–16"
Remis Auditorium, Museum of Fine Arts

"For Giving Time" will explore the idea of history, our experience of simultaneous temporalities, transnational ancestralities, and other urgent questions regarding self and collective inscription across contemporary art, social movements, and global mobility. Featuring this fall's SMFA visiting artists, Raqs Media Collective; with Robert Sember of Ultra-red; SMFA graduate student Danica Arimany; faculty member and curator Carol Stakenas; and facilitated by artist-scholar Dalida María Benfield.

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September 18, 2015, 3–4:30 pm
Closer Look: Dying Inayat Khan (1618–19)
East Seminar Room, Museum of Fine Arts

Join Raqs Media Collective and Joan Wright, Bettina Burr Conservator, Asian Conservation Studio, in a seminar setting to study this exquisite early 17th century Mughal drawing in that served as a starting point for envisioning Luminous Will.

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September 18, 2015, 6:30–8:30 pm
Lived Histories and the After - Life of Images
Raqs Media Collective, Homi Bhabha & Abhishek Kaicker in Conversation
Anderson Auditorium

A conversation on human lives and the life of images.

Prof. Homi Bhabha is Anne F. Rothenberg Professor of English and American Literature and Language, and the Director of the Mahindra Humanities Center at Harvard University

Abhishek Kaicker is Assistant Professor in History at the University of California, Berkeley and Junior Fellow, Society of Fellows, Harvard University

This event is being hosted collaboratively by the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston and the Mahindra Humanities Center, Harvard University

About the Artists

Founded in 1992 by Jeebesh Bagchi, Monica Narula, and Shuddhabrata Sengupta, Raqs enjoys playing a plurality of roles, often appearing as artists, occasionally as curators, sometimes as philosophical agent provocateurs. They are part of the 56th Venice Biennale in "All The World's Futures." Recent exhibitions include the Kunsthalle zu Kiel, Germany; San Jose Museum of Art, CA; the National Gallery of Modern Art, Delhi; the Chronus Art Center, Shanghai; and Centro de Arte dos de Mayos, Madrid.

Raqs Media Collective: Luminous Will Press Release »