“The Rising Phoenix: A Dialogue Between Modern and Contemporary Indian Art” is the first full-scale exploration of Indian artists and their legacy at an American institution. The exhibition highlights two critical moments of Indian history. First, the period immediately following Indian independence in 1947, which sees the rise of the Progressive Artists Group, self-declared ‘moderns’ of Indian art. “The Rising Phoenix” explores the pivotal formation of the modern art movement in India.Second, the exhibition examines the globalization of Indian art that picked up momentum in the 1990s. In 1997, mid-career Indian artists began showing their work in large-scale international exhibitions. That year did not only commemorate 50 years of Indian Independence, but also signified a rise in the number of Indian artists that exhibited all over the world. This moment represented a turning point in Indian art, from which a younger generation of artists were also presented with multiple opportunities to participate in the international art scene through scholarships, residencies and exhibitions. By 2000, Indian artists had entered an accelerated and emphatically global art scene. Here, the exhibition also examines and reflects on this moment of the Indian zeitgeist that inhabit different spaces including the global/local, popular, personal and technological by engaging in painting, video, performance and film, comprising both existing pieces and new work commissioned for the exhibition.“The Rising Phoenix” undertakes a dialogue between the Progressive/ modern vis-à-vis contemporary Indian artist’s that through a comparison narrative of critical questions, and observations between the two periods, lends itself to a deeper insight and understanding into Indian art and its history.