Chitra Ganesh

Associate Professor

Chitra Ganesh is an internationally recognized artist whose wall installations, comics, drawings, and mixed-media works address representations of femininity, sexuality, and power. Her projects draw on global array of historical and mythic texts and visual traditions as inspiration and points of departure to complicate received ideas of iconic female forms. Ganesh’s work has been widely exhibited for more than a decade, at national venues including: the Andy Warhol Museum; Baltimore Museum of Art; Berkeley Art Museum; Bronx Museum; Brooklyn Museum; Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts; and the Queens Museum. Most recently, her installation A city will share her secrets if you know how to ask was on view at Leslie-Lohman Museum of Art in Soho. International venues include Fondazione Sandretto (Turin), the Saatchi Museum (London), MOCA Shanghai, Kunsthalle Exnergrasse (Vienna), and Gothenburg Kunsthalle (Sweden). Ganesh’s work is widely recognized in South Asia, and has been shown at The Indira Gandhi National Centre for Arts (New Delhi), Princes of Wales Museum (Mumbai), Devi Art Foundation (New Delhi), Travancore Palace (New Delhi) and the Dhaka Art Summit at Shilpakala Academy (Bangladesh).

Chitra Ganesh earned her BA in Comparative Literature and Art-Semiotics from Brown University, and received her MFA from Columbia University. She was named Robina Foundation Fellow for Arts and Human Rights at Yale University Law School; US Art in Embassies Program resident in NIROX, South Africa; Hodder Fellowship at Princeton University’s Lewis Center for the Arts; and Artist-in-Residence at New York University’s Asian/Pacific/American Studies Program. Ganesh has received numerous grants including a John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship in the Creative Arts, and awards from the Art Matters Foundation, Joan Mitchell Foundation, and New York Community Trust.

Chitra Ganesh artwork