Arts Curriculum


Vocabulary

Bollywood Refers to the Hindi-language motion-picture industry based in Mumbai, India. The word is a synthesis of Bombay (Mumbai), and Hollywood.

Filial piety Reverence for one’s parents, considered in Chinese ethics to be the prime virtue and the basis of all right human relations.

Installation art Art designed for a specific exhibition space. Its components are to be viewed as a single work of art. (guggenheim.org/artscurriculum)

Mughal painting A style of South Asian miniature painting that uses opaque and translucent water color on wasli paper. The style emerged from Mongol Persian miniature painting—with Indian Hindu, Jain, and Buddhist influences—and was developed largely in the court of the Mughal Empire in the sixteenth to nineteenth centuries. It later spread to other Indian courts, Muslim, Hindu, and later Sikh. Recently, some contemporary artists have revived the form.

Performance Art Art that employs elements of movement, theater, cinema, music, and/or other forms of public expression, sometimes in tandem with plastic media, so as to act out concepts before an audience, usually in a choreographed fashion.

Wasli paper A type of handmade paper specifically used for painting miniatures first produced in India in the tenth century. Wasli is acid-free and has archival qualities. A sheet of wasli is made by gluing together several layers of paper then polishing them by hand, usually with a stone, until they are shiny and smooth with minimal perceptible grain.

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