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


Performance by Alok Vaid-Menon

On Saturday November 11 at 4 pm, as part of our public festival, Lahore on my Mind, join performance artist Alok Vaid-Menon in our Gallery for a performance intervention.

Lahore on my Mind is a public festival, curated by art historian Sugata Ray, 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 thinkers, curators, and artists from the United States, Europe, and South Asia. This interdisciplinary 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.

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

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


Alok Vaid-Menon (they/them) is a gender non-conforming performance artist, writer, educator, and entertainer. Their eclectic sense of style, political comedy, and poetic challenge to the gender binary have been internationally renowned. Alok was recently the youngest recipient of the prestigious Live Works Performance Act Award granted to ten performance artists across the world. They have been featured on HBO, MTV, The Guardian, National Geographic, The New York Times, and The New Yorker and have presented their work at 300 venues in more than 30 countries.



Thursday, November 9

18 West 86th Street

7 pm: Meena Alexander Poetry Reading

Meena Alexander
is an internationally acclaimed poet who was born in Allahabad, India and lives and works in New York City.


Friday, November 10
38 West 86th Street

7 pm: Openings
Shahzia Sikander, visual artist
Manan Ahmed, Assistant Professor of History, Columbia University

Saturday, November 11
18 West 86th Street

12 pm: Empire, Post-Empire, Neo-Empire
Gyan Prakash, Professor of History, Princeton University
Rina Banerjee, visual artist
Meena Alexander, poet, scholar, and writer

2 pm : Outside Kipling’s Wonder House
Tasneem Zakaria Mehta, Honorary Director, Dr Bhau Daji Lad Museum, Mumbai, India
Nadeem Omar Tarar, Director, National College of Arts, Lahore, Pakistan
Navina Najat Haidar, Curator of Islamic Art, The Metropolitan Museum of Art

FREE with an RSVP
4 pm: Interventions in the Gallery: Alok Vaid-Menon
Alok Vaid-Menon is a gender non-conforming performance artist, writer, educator, and entertainer.