THE PAST AND PRESENT
The Past as Present:
Pedagogical Practices in Architecture at the Bombay School of Art
an exhibition curated by Mustansir Dalvi
4th to 27th February, 2016
The Claude Batley Gallery, Sir JJ College of Architecture
This exhibition traces the influences of documentation, decoration and design on architectural pedagogy and architectural practices in India in the late 19th and early 20th century at the Sir JJ School of Art, Bombay. The many original drawings and images on display explore this interaction.
Architectural portfolios like the Jeypore Portfolio by Swinton Jacob (1890), the Batley Portfolio (The Design Development of Indian Architecture by Claude Batley) and Bannister Fletcher’s canonical A History of... Architecture on the Comparative Method (1921) amongst others were a significant part of architectural learning, and their use in the studio forms a fulcrum around which the pedagogical practices can be understood.
A special feature is a portfolio of drawings made by Achyut Kanvinde as a student of the Sir JJ School of Art, which, placed between the dichotomy of tradition and modernism provides a glimpse into design churnings prevalent at the cusp of Indian independence.
DECO ON THE OVAL
Sir JJ College of Architecture has documented the architectural facades of the Art Deco Buildings that form a stretch on the Oval Maidan. These building fronts are metonymous with Bombay’s Art Deco Architecture that flourished from the 1930s to the 1950s. Bombay, even today has the largest number of Art Deco buildings in a city outside of Miami. The Oval Maidan buildings are the most ornamented and patterned and display the flourishes of architecture made possible by the use of Reinforced Cement Concrete.