Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Santa Barbara Museum of Art Exhibit to Showcase Hindu Deities

By Bibhu Pattnaik
Balarama as the Eighth Avatar of Vishnu and Elder Brother of Krishna (11th century) Sandstone. Santa Barbara Museum of Art, Gift of Wright S. Ludington.)
CALIFORNIA---The Santa Barbara Museum of Art (SBMA) in California will showcase images of Hindu deities in an upcoming exhibition, ‘Puja and Piety,’ which will run from April 17 to Aug. 28, 2016. The show will exhibit more than 160 objects of diverse media created over the past two millennia for temples, home worship, festivals, and roadside shrines. This exhibition is the first in North America to celebrate the diversity of South Asian art by examining the relationship between aesthetic expression and the devotional practice, or puja, in the three native religions of the Indian subcontinent. [link]

Santa Barbara Museum of Art: "Puja and Piety: Hindu, Jain, and Buddhist Art from the Indian Subcontinent" (April 17 - Aug. 28, 2016); 1130 State Street, Santa Barbara, CA; (805)963-4364; sbma.net
Goddess Kali, Manifestation of Devi (Great Goddess) (late 19th century), India, West Bengal, Kolkata (Calcutta). © Santa Barbara Museum of Art