A collection of Stewart Gordon's watercolors and photographs will be on display in the International Institute Gallery from November 19th through December 4th. Many of these works were produced during Dr. Gordon's recent eight-month Fulbright in Pune. He has been returning to Pune for research for forty years. While much of the city is so changed as to be no longer recognizable, long-lasting friendships remain, as does much of the vibrant street life. In these pieces, Dr. Gordon seeks to explore telling moments of the city, the lives of his friends, and ordinary people both in Maharashtra and other regions of India in which he has traveled.
Stewart Gordon is an Independent Scholar long associated with the Center for South Asian Studies at the University of Michigan. He has rambled by bus across Turkey, Iran, Afghanistan, Pakistan and India, struggled up Inca paths in Peru and boated up the Mekong and the Mississippi. Gordon has photographed antiquities in Cambodia and Paleolithic cave paintings in India and has served as a consultant for the History Channel, the Discovery Channel, the Walt Disney Company and the American Queen steamboat. He writes regularly for Aramco World magazine. Gordon has received many awards including Woodrow Wilson and Fulbright fellowships and an Earhart Foundation writing grant. His scholarly output includes more than two dozen articles and four books on Indian history, all based on archival work. His “When Asia was the World”, became a bestseller and has been translated into seven languages. The National Endowment for the Humanities placed the book in more than 1000 libraries across the United States. Photos, travels, upcoming invited lectures, blog at stewartgordonhistorian.com.