Photograph from the Macnabb Collection of a street scene in Lahore, taken by an unknown photographer, most likely during the 1890s.

Lahore on my Mind is a public festival that moves between the past and the present to explore the early modern, colonial, and contemporary cultural worlds of South Asia. Featuring artist interventions and discussions with important thinkers, curators, and artists from the United States, Europe, and South Asia. The multidisciplinary event takes John Lockwood Kipling: Arts & Crafts in the Punjab and London as a starting point to reflect on the role of visual arts, performative practices, and literary cultures in shaping South Asia’s aesthetics, arts, and cultural politics in a globalized world.

Tickets: Adults, $5 per event. Full event pass, $12. Gallery admission is free with a purchased ticket. For tickets and information visit:

Events take place at 18 West 86th Street, New York City, unless otherwise indicated. Visitors must register for each event separately during the festival.

November 10
38 West 86th Street

7 pm
Shahzia Sikander, Pakistani-American contemporary artist
Manan Ahmed, Assistant Professor of History, Columbia University

November 11

12 pm
Empire, Post-Empire, Neo-Empire
Gyan Prakash, Professor of History, Princeton University
Rina Banerjee, Manhattan-based artist
Meena Alexander, Internationally acclaimed poet, scholar, and writer

2 pm
Outside Kipling’s Wonder House, or the Ajaib-Gher as the “Natives” called it:
Tasneem Zakaria Mehta, Managing Trustee and Honorary Director Dr Bhau Daji Lad Mumbai City Museum, Mumbai, India
Nadeem Omar Tar, Director, National College of Arts, (NCA)
Navina Najat Haidar, Curator of Islamic Art, The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Interventions in the Gallery: Alok Vaid-Menon
Alok Vaid-Menon is a gender non-conforming performance artist, writer, educator, and entertainer

We are also pleased to extend complimentary need-based community tickets by request to all ticketed events. To learn more, please email

Leading support for Public Programs at Bard Graduate Center comes from Gregory Soros and other generous donors.