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Deborah Hutton

Asian and Islamic Art History


Deborah Hutton, Professor of Art History, joined The College of New Jersey in 2004. Her specific area of focus is Indo-Islamic art, but she teaches a range of courses covering the arts of Central, South, and East Asia from the Bronze Age to the present. These courses include Arts of South Asia, Arts of East Asia, Arts of the Islamic World, and upper level seminars on subjects such as the history of photography in India. Deborah takes an interdisciplinary approach to the study of art history and strives to incorporate innovative assignments into her courses. For example, students in her Fall 2013 seminar helped research and write the catalogue and wall text to accompany the exhibition, “Art Amongst War: Visual Culture in Afghanistan, 1979-2014,” which was on view at the TCNJ Art Gallery from March 5-April 17, 2014. A pdf of the catalogue can be downloaded here:
Art Amongst War: Visual Culture in Afghanistan, 1979-2014 Exhibition Catalogue

Deborah’s scholarship examines the relationships between art, identity formation, and intercultural exchange in Islamicate South Asia between the 16th and early 20th centuries. Her most recent research project, undertaken jointly with Deepali Dewan, Senior Curator at the Royal Ontario Museum, looked at the work of the celebrated late 19th-century Indian photographer, Raja Deen Dayal. That project resulted in the book, Raja Deen Dayal: Artist-Photographer in 19th-century India, published by Mapin in 2013, as well as the exhibition, Between Princely India and the British Raj: The Photography of Raja Deen Dayal, on view at the Royal Ontario Museum in Toronto, Canada from April 18-December 31, 2013. To see a short video of Deborah and Deepali in conversation about the exhibition, click here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vk86nVU5VnY

Deborah’s first book, The Art of the Court of Bijapur, which traces the development of painting and architecture at Adil Shahi Bijapur during the 16th and 17th centuries, won the American Institute of Indian Studies Edward Cameron Dimock Jr. Prize in the Indian Humanities, and was published by Indiana University Press in 2006. Deborah also co-edited with Rebecca Brown (Johns Hopkins University) Asian Art: An Anthology (2006) as well as the follow-up volume, Blackwell Companion to Asian Art (2011).

Deborah received her PhD and MA from the University of Minnesota and her BA from Penn State University. She previously taught for the University of Pittsburgh’s Semester at Sea study abroad program and at Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs, NY.

COURSES TAUGHT:

  • Arts of South Asia Art, Arts of East Asia, Arts of Islamic World, Early Modern Asian Art Arts of Iran and Photography in India

Authored Books

Raja Deen Dayal: Artist-Photographer in 19th-century India. Co-authored with Deepali Dewan. New Delhi: The Alkazi Collection and Mapin, 2013.

The Art of the Court of Bijapur.
Indianapolis: Indiana University Press, 2006.

Edited Books:

Blackwell Companion to Asian Art. Co-edited with Rebecca Brown.
London & New York: Blackwell Publications, 2011.

Asian Art: An Anthology. Co-edited with Rebecca Brown.
London & New York: Blackwell Publications, 2006.

Articles and Chapters

“The Worldly Artist in the 17th century: Cornelis Claesz. Heda and his Travels from Haarlem to Bijapur.” Co-authored with Rebecca Tucker. Art History (fall 2014): 1-30.

“A Dutch Artist in Bijapur.” Co-authored with Rebecca Tucker. The Visual World of Muslim India: The Art, Culture and Society of the Deccan in the Early Modern Era. Laura Parodi, ed. London: Tauris Academic Studies, 2014, 205-232.

“The Pem Nem: A 16th-century illustrated romance from Bijapur.” Sultans of the South: Arts of India’s Deccan Courts, 1323-1687. Navina Naja Haidar and Marika Sardar, eds. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 2011, 44-63.

“The Use of Imaginary Landscapes in Paintings from Bijapur.” Garden and Landscape Practices in Precolonial India: Histories from the Deccan. Daud Ali and Emma J. Flatt, eds. Delhi: Routledge India, 2011, 127-147.

“Raja Deen Dayal and Sons: Photographing Hyderabad’s Famine Relief Efforts.”
History of Photography, vol. 31/3 (Fall, 2007): 260-275.

“Carved in Stone: The Codification of a Visual Identity for the Indo-Islamic Sultanate of Bijapur.”
Archives of Asian Art, vol. 55 (Spring, 2005): 65-78.

Exhibitions Curated

Art Amongst War: Visual Culture in Afghanistan, 1979-2014. The College of New Jersey Art Gallery, Ewing, NJ, March 5-April 17, 2014.

Between Princely India and the British Raj: The Photography of Raja Deen Dayal. Co-curated with Deepali Dewan. Royal Ontario Museum, Toronto, Canada, April 18-December 31, 2013.

Parable of the Garden: New Media from Iran and Central Asia. Co-curated with Sarah Cunningham and Leeza Ahmady. The College of New Jersey Art Gallery, Ewing, NJ, February 20-March 30, 2008.

Office: AIMM 325
Phone: (609) 771-2601
Email: dhutton@tcnj.edu

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