Newsletter March 2017
Conservation team preparing ancient Odiya palm-leaf manuscript to be restored. 
Past Events

202 Meet the Artist
: Illustrated Lecture Series
by Raj Gopal Mishra
6 pm, Saturday 11 March 2017
at JDCA Camp Office, Bhubaneswar

The 202 Meet the Artist (MTA) had Raj Gopal Mishra, known to many as Raju Mishra, an eminent musician, cinematographer and director. He widely contributed to the Odiya Cinema over the last four decades. Due to his proficiency and knowledge, he has been awarded with several rewards and honours, including Jayadev Award, the highest honour given by the Government of Odisha. Since 2006 Raju Mishra has also been associated with JDCA as a member of the JDCA Film Forum Advisory Committee.
Raj Gopal Mishra, giving the illustrated lecture at the 202 MTA, at JDCA.
Ongoing Archiving and Conservation Work

Over the last 15 months, our team of conservators, archivists and researchers have worked on the JDCA Collection to document, archive and conserve the collection. For each object, the team cleans it, does preventive conservation where required, professionally photographs and archives it, creating an easily accessible catalogue or database. In the following months the JDCA archiving and curatorial team will grow larger to be able to catalogue and create compelling narratives with required field research. The team consists of professionals from across the country and the world. 
A JDCA art conservator cleaning a historic appliqué textile piece in the collection.
Conservator shooting a textile. 
Conservation team shooting a palm-leaf dangler.
Temporary Mock-up Buildings

The construction of the JD Centre of Art is in progress and two full scale mock-ups have been created at site. The innovative design by eminent architect Shri BV Doshi, principle architect of JDCA, aims to create a sustainable building envisioned to become an iconic part of Odisha’s cultural landscape. In order to allow natural light to enter the space without endangering precious artworks, BV Doshi envisaged a peculiar curved surface of the vault. As if by magic, the light would transform the surface, creating a luminosity that filtered down and filled the space below without harming the JDCA’s collection.
Conceptual design of the second floor of the Jatin Das Gallery at the JDCA.
The mock-up building with the vaulted roof as in the illustration above. All exterior finishes and stone claddings were mocked up. 
The mock-up building interiors, with all components and finishes mocked up. 
JDCA's First Online Exhibition on Google Culture Institute

At the JDCA we are keen to showcase the work of our traditional craft communities, often linking the objects in the collection to the makers. JDCA is proud to be a part of the Google Culture Institute, an initiative by Google to bring the world’s cultural heritage online.

Textiles by women is the first JDCA online exhibition: a powerful and authentic homage to women handicraft, wisdom and experience; a fascinating journey through the vivid fabric of Indian crafts. Travelling across Karnataka, Jammu and Kashmir, Rajasthan, Andhra Pradesh and Telangana, the exhibition offers an insight into the many unspoken women who create beautiful traditional textiles.
Photographs by Siddhartha Das.

Link to the online exhibition
Lambani embroiderers in Sandur, Karnata.  
Lady on a Charkha at the Khadi Cooperative, Sandur, Karnataka.
A tapestry being woven on a frame loom with mulberry.
Visitors & Partnership 

Ms Roberta Ceolin, Collector, Italy
JDCA promotes arts and studies on visual culture without boundaries, and we are always delighted to have cultural experts visit us. This month we had Ms Roberta Ceolin from Venice, Italy, who has studied Indian tribal cultures and traditions for more than 30 years, and built an enviable collection, considered to be the largest private collection on Indian art in Italy. She has written many publications and articles and curated numerous exhibitions on Indian art. She visited the JDCA camp office with Chiara Tomaini, art researcher at the JDCA, on her sixtieth visit to India! We hope that she will one day bring a selection from her collection to exhibit at the JDCA.
Roberta Ceolin and Mangala Mohanty,
JDCA's Director Administration, at JDCA camp office.
Necklace of a brave chieftain, Konyak-Naga, Nagaland.
The necklace is from the collection of Roberta Ceolin.
JDCA an ICOM Member
JDCA has been a member of the world's most important museum network, the International Council of Museums (ICOM) network since 2015. ICOM, established in 1946, has 35,000 members, representing more than 20,000 museums, from 136 countries and territories. In time to come we hope to learn from other member institutions.
Object of the Month from the JDCA collection: 
Terracotta roof tile, Odisha.
This rooftop tile from the JDCA collection depicts two monkeys sitting next to each other. Terracotta pottery can be found in almost every district of Odisha where the process of making has remained unchanged over the centuries. Tiles such as these are found on vernacular buildings in villages of Odisha, with varying animal forms. It is believed that these objects bring fortune and prosperity to the inhabitants.
Join us

Our team consists of passionate professionals from diverse fields of the museum and cultural worlds, including administration, research, archiving, conservation, design and architecture. As we come close to opening, we seek bright and like-minded professionals, from across the country and the world to come and work with us. Interested professionals may write to: 
JD Centre of Art
Camp Office: A20 VIP Colony, Nayapalli
Bhubaneswar 751015 Odisha, India
Tel: +91 674 2554195, 2555077

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