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The Cosmic Dance of Hindu and Buddhist Deities

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The Cosmic Dance of Hindu and Buddhist Deities

Location: Museum Boardroom

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Saturday, January 20
3:00 p.m. Registration and Reception with Speaker
3:30 p.m. Lecture

More often than the sacred beings of other cultures, the gods of Hinduism and Buddhism dance. They express their creative and destructive energies through fluid rhythmic movements, setting the pulse of the universe. In benign moods they dance gracefully in divine play. In stern moods they dance with a force that, if fully unleashed, could destroy worlds. Sculpture and paintings depicting deities including Shiva, Krishna, and the elephant-headed Ganesha, together with video clips of dance performances, will illuminate these ideas.

This lecture will be given by Forrest McGill. McGill is the Wattis Senior Curator of South and Southeast Asian Art at the Asian Art Museum of San Francisco. He has worked for forty years as a museum administrator and a teacher, curator, researcher, and writer in Asian art. Major exhibitions of which he has been organizer or co-organizer include The Rama Epic: Hero, Heroine, Ally, Foe (2016); Gorgeous (2014), a joint project with SFMOMA; Emerald Cities: Arts of Siam and Burma, 1775-1950 (2009), A Curious Affair: The Fascination between East and West (2006), and The Kingdom of Siam: The Arts of Central Thailand, 1350-1800 (2005). He served as editor for the catalogs of these exhibitions, and wrote major essays for them.

Free for CAIS members | $8 students | $10 members | $12 nonmembers

Hosted by the Committee for the Arts of the Indian Subcontinent

Featured: The Eternal Dance: Rasamandala (1700-1724) Watercolor from the Edwin Binney 3rd Collection 1990.969
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January 20, 2018
3:00 pm - 6:00 pm
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