Goddess, Lion, Peasant, Priest: Modern and Contemporary Indian Art from the Collection of Shelley and Donald Rubin
|When||15 Mar 2011 - 15 May 2011|
|Where||Oglethorpe University Museum of Art
4484 Peachtree Rd. NE
Atlanta, GA 30319
Tuesday, March 15 through Sunday, May 15, 2011
Media Preview: Friday, March 11, 2 p.m.
Taste of India Gala: Saturday March 12, 7 p.m.
Public Opening Reception: Sunday, March 13, 2-4 p.m.
(ATLANTA) – Oglethorpe University Museum of Art in Atlanta is pleased to announce a first-of-its-kind exhibition—Goddess, Lion, Peasant, Priest: Modern and Contemporary Indian Art from the Collection of Shelley and Donald Rubin. This is the first public display of this collection of more than 50 works from 28 of India’s most famous artists, including Francis Newton Souza, Sakti Burman, and Seema Kohli.
Shelley and Donald Rubin, passionate collectors of Himalayan art for over 30 years, are the founders of the Rubin Museum of Art in New York City (www.rmanyc.org). Mr. Rubin is an Oglethorpe alumnus who graduated in 1956.
With imagery from all walks of life, from the poorest citizens to dynamic deities, the works of Goddess, Lion, Peasant, Priest focus on India’s people: individual characters gazing back at us, men and women inhabiting spaces urban and rural, kneeling bodies meditating and praying. India’s modern and contemporary art affirms that the modern is global.
“These works celebrate everyday life in South Asia and its diasporas, from the most mundane moments to the most transcendent,” said curator Dr. Rebecca M. Brown, author of Art for a Modern India, 1947-1980 (Duke University Press, 2009) and visiting Associate Professor in the History of Art and Political Science at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland. “This is an extraordinary opportunity for museum visitors to connect with the art of modern India.”
Exhibition Special Events
- Media Preview, Friday, March 11 at 2 p.m.
- Taste of India Gala, Saturday, March 12 at 7 p.m. Tickets available at museum.oglethorpe.edu.
- Lecture by Glenn Mullin, “Nicholas Roerich in India,” Thursday, April 7 at 7:30 p.m.
Additional special events in conjunction with the exhibit will be announced. All events will be held in the OU Museum of Art. More information at museum.oglethorpe.edu.
Oglethorpe University Museum of Art
For almost 30 years, Oglethorpe University Museum of Art has exhibited artworks that have informed and inspired Atlantans, as well as visitors from throughout the world. From paintings by Russian master Nicholas Roerich to bronzes from French sculptor Auguste Rodin, to sculpture from American master Duane Hanson, the exhibits provide a meaningful experience for viewers. Oglethorpe’s relationship with the Rubin Museum of Art in New York regularly provides world class exhibitions of Eastern art that enable our community to encounter sophisticated and cultural traditions.
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