The tradition of Krishna paintings at the Art Institute of Chicago
By Sunil Kothari
Pichvai for Sharad Purnima, Late 19th century. Kishangarh, Rajasthan, India. TAPI Collection. Photo courtesy of TAPI Collection.
ILLINOIS---A unique exhibition in Chicago showcases the private devotions of the Pushtimarg sect of Hinduism. Showing now (and on till January 3, 2016) at the Art Institute of Chicago in Regenstein Hall is an exhibition that is possibly the first of its kind. It has more than 100 objects including pichvais (intricately painted cloth hangings) that celebrate Shrinathji, a form of the Hindu god Krishna in a large-scale exploration of the art and aesthetics of the Pushtimarg sect of Hinduism. [link]