Yamuna/Anacostia: Rivers and Environmental Justice

  • Yamuna/Anacostia: Rivers and Environmental Justice Event Image


    Saturday, December 10, 2022
    1:00 pm - 3:00 pm


    Freer Gallery of Art
    Meyer Auditorium


Hybrid event 
In-person attendees register on eventbrite here
Virtual attendees register on Zoom here
From the Yamuna River in northern India to the Anacostia River running through Washington, DC, and Maryland, the fate of rivers in urban centers reveals that the consequences of industrialization are often felt most intensely by those already marginalized along racial, religious, caste, and socioeconomic divisions. This program will draw on key themes from the current exhibitions A Splendid Land: Paintings from Royal Udaipur and Unstill Waters: Contemporary Photography from India, creating dialogue with the National Museum of Asian Art’s environs in Washington, DC. Artists and scholars will explore the parallel histories of the Yamuna and Anacostia Rivers, contemporary community-led efforts to address the harm done to the rivers and the communities that rely on them, and the role of image-making as a tool for environmental justice. 
Speakers include: 

  • Ravi Agarwal, artist, environmental campaigner, writer, and curator 
  • Katrina Lashley, Program Coordinator, Anacostia Community Museum 
  • Dr. Anne Rademacher, Professor of Environmental Studies, New York University 
  • Dr. Bishnupriya Ghosh, Professor of English and Global Studies, University of California, Santa Barbara 
This event will take place in the museum's Meyer Auditorium and will also be streamed live online.  
An in-gallery discussion of Unstill Waters: Contemporary Photography from India between curator Carol Huh and artist Ravi Agarwal as well as a curator-led tour of A Splendid Land: Paintings from Royal Udaipur will follow the program at 4 p.m. in the Sackler Gallery.

This event is part of the series Water, Climate, Culture. Learn more here
Image: Riverbank I, Ravi Agarwal (b. 1958), India, 2007, Inkjet print, Gift of Drs. Umesh and Sunanda Gaur, Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, S2019.6.4