Virtual SDMA+ are unique online experiences offered by The San Diego Museum of Art in collaboration with other local arts institutions to inspire a robust appreciation of the arts and a deeper exploration of the SDMA permanent collection.
Virtual SDMA+ brings the joy and collaboration of SDMA+ online!
Virtual SDMA+ performances are shared on Tuesdays at 6:00 p.m. PT on SDMA YouTube.
- Virtual SDMA + Natesha School of Bharatanatyam – October 6 – Priya Bhat and Anagha Srirangam perform a depiction of Gajendra Moksha (The Salvation of Gajendra, the King of Elephants) from the Bhagavata Purana in which Lord Vishnu rescues Gajendra, the elephant king, from the clutches of the crocodile, Makara. This performance is paired with The Salvation of the King of the Elephants, ca. 1770, India.
- Virtual SDMA + Natesha School of Bharatanatyam – October 13 – Suman Nayak performs a spoken word bharatanatyam narrative of a benevolent royal elephant that heroically saved his kingdom from the enemies. This is an adapted version of “The Royal Elephant” from the Jataka Tales. This performance is paired with A raja riding an elephant, ca. 1690, India.
- Virtual SDMA + Natesha School of Bharatanatyam – October 20 – Keerti Tadimeti performs a spoken word bharatanatyam narrative portraying the story of Ganesha’s birth and how he obtained an elephant head. This performance is paired with Ganesha sandstone sculpture, 11th century, India.
- Virtual SDMA + Natesha School of Bharatanatyam – October 27 – Mihika Nadig performs “Srivighnarajam Bhaje,” a traditional composition that glorifies Ganesha as the Lord of auspiciousness, and the remover of obstacles. His five-headed form is a symbolic representation of the five layers that envelop the human soul, namely the body, breath, mind, wisdom, and bliss. This performance is paired with Adoration of Five-headed Ganesha, ca. 1955, India.
- Virtual SDMA+ San Diego Shakespeare Society – October 31 – Join San Diego Shakespeare Society actors as they share a Halloween-inspired Virtual SDMA+ performance, combining art from the Museum’s collection and spooky selections from William Shakespeare’s “Macbeth,” “Othello,” and “The Tempest.”
Meet our Partners
Art of Elan
Virtual SDMA+ Art of Elan is a series of short online experiences pairing The San Diego Museum of Art permanent collection with the thoughtfully curated music of Art of Elan. Building on the 13-year partnership between the two arts organizations, the video series features short musical responses to works of art that are meant to inspire and uplift the community.
Natesha School of Bharatanatyam
Natesha School of Bharatanatyam is an Indian classical dance school based in Poway since 2001. Suman Nayak, the artistic director of Natesha, is a talented bharatanatyam dancer and an accomplished teacher. The school currently has about 70 students and has successfully trained several talented dancers into skilled performers over the past 19 years.
Virtual SDMA + Natesha School of Bharatanatyam will feature Suman Nayak, the artistic director of Natesha, and the students of Natesha presenting four performances based on the elephant-themed collection of Indian paintings and sculptures at SDMA.
The San Diego Shakespeare Society
Virtual SDMA+ The San Diego Shakespeare Society is a series of video performances featuring monologues from great works of Shakespeare in response to selections from the SDMA collection.
The San Diego Museum of Art traditionally works with The San Diego Shakespeare Society throughout the year featuring seasonal SDMA ArtStops. The San Diego Shakespeare Society performs year round with the goal of demonstrating the relevance, immediacy, and accessibility of Shakespeare’s works for the general public.
San Diego Youth Symphony and Conservatory
Virtual SDMA+ San Diego Youth Symphony features students from San Diego Youth Symphony choosing a work from the SDMA collection that they pair with a piece of music. These students are phenomenally talented!
See past Virtual SDMA+ performances on SDMA YouTube.
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Featured: Ivan Messenger. Moment Musical, undated. Lithograph. Museum purchase with funds provided by Alice Klauber. 1948.10.