Student
Indrani Saha

Indrani Saha is a PhD candidate in the History, Theory, and Criticism of Art and Architecture program at MIT. She studies modern art of the United States with a particular interest in histories of abstraction as they intersect with theories of mind, histories of spirituality, and reception theory. In her research, she asks: How do art objects serve as dis/orientation devices? Her dissertation spotlights non-Western routes to the spiritual, and the agents who pursued them in more organizational roles within the American art scene. She was a 2019-2020 Junior Fellow at the Center for Black, Brown, and Queer Studies (BBQ+), and a 2020-2021 Teaching Development Fellow at MIT’s Teaching + Learning Lab. In 2021-2022, Indrani will hold the Social Science Research Council’s Religion, Spirituality, and Democratic Renewal Fellowship. 

Indrani came to the PhD program with a BA in Cognitive Aesthetics from Duke University. She deeply investigated the intersection of science and art as a Mellon-Mays Undergraduate Fellow, and as a member of Duke’s Bass Connections interdisciplinary research team “Art, Vision, and the Brain”. Her distinction thesis examined how perceptual disruption and disorientation alter social interaction in Carlos Cruz-Diez’s Chromosaturation. While at Duke, Indrani worked extensively with the Nasher Museum of Art as a curatorial intern and student curator. 

Areas of Interest
American Art, Art and Technology, Globalization, Health, Public Art, Theory of Art