Nandita Raman: Cinema Play House

November 11, 2017–May 13, 2018, Main Galleries

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    Nandita Raman (b. 1980). Untitled #5 (Natraj), 2009. From the series Cinema Play House. Inkjet print. Courtesy of the artist and sepiaEYE. © Nandita Raman.

Between 2006 and 2009, Nandita Raman traveled throughout India creating Cinema Play House, a series of photographs depicting the country’s slowly disappearing single-screen theaters. Raman, whose family once owned one such theater in Varanasi, India, focuses her lens on the architectural anomalies that set these spaces apart from the larger multiplex theaters that currently threaten their existence.

Also on view: Stories of Indian Cinema: Abandoned and Rescued, which tells the story of the George Eastman Museum's recently acquired collection of contemporary Indian cinema.

Lead sponsorship funding for Stories of Indian Cinema generously provided by Nita Genova

Mobile Audio Tour

Cinema Play House Playlist

These songs were selected by Nandita Raman, with the help of Shrinkhla Agrawal, to provide background music for the exhibition, and include classic songs from Bollywood films.

You can listen to the playlist on this page, or can access it through Spotify.  

Related Events

Thursday, February 1, 2018, 6 p.m.

Tours, Talks | Cinema Memories

Share popcorn and stories of your first cinema experience with other film lovers. Join Curatorial Assistant William Green for a conversation on Nandita Raman's exhibition Cinema Play House, and then go on a behind-the-scenes tour of the projection booth in the Dryden Theatre.

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