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Edwin Binney 3rd Memorial Lecture: The Divine Dances of Krishna in the Arts

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Edwin Binney 3rd Memorial Lecture: The Divine Dances of Krishna in the Arts

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Saturday, March 12
10:00–11:30 a.m. PT
Speaker: Forrest McGill, Wattis Senior Curator of South and Southeast Asian Art, Asian Art Museum of San Francisco
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A number of Hindu deities dance, and their dances carry profound meanings. No deity dances more frequently than Krishna at various points in his storied life. For many centuries, artists in South and Southeast Asia have represented Krishna’s dances in temple sculpture, bronzes, and paintings emphasizing his heroic exploits and his romantic involvements, and also his ultimate nature as his worshipers’ supreme deity. Illustrated with works from the Binney collection at SDMA and temples and museums around the world, this talk asks, “What is dance accomplishing here?” and delves into the religious, philosophical, and social implications of Krishna’s dances.


Please reserve your spot by clicking on this link. All participants will be sent the Zoom link and instructions via email once you secure your place. Space is limited.

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Free for active South Asian Arts Council (renewed for 2021-2022) and SDMA members | $10 for all others


Sponsored by the South Asian Arts Council.


Featured at top right: The Eternal Dance: Rasamandala, 1st quarter 18th century, India. Opaque watercolor and gold on paper. Edwin Binney 3rd Collection, 1990.969.

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March 12, 2022
10:00 am - 11:30 am
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