This exhibition of photographs introduces the temple architecture, sculpture and bronzes created during the rule of the Chola dynasty in South India, from the late 9th to the late 11th century, a period of about two hundred years.
‘Garland of Musical Melodies: Indian Miniatures of Musical Inspirations’ weaves the musical experience of viewing and listening to moods of Ragas (melodies) by way of combining the painted miniatures of musical inspirations (Ragamala paintings) along with their musical parallels. The Exhibition draws on the Images and Music collections of the two research centers of the American Institute of Indian Studies (AIIS) - the Center for Art and Archaeology (CA & A) and the Archives and Research Center for Ethnomusicoloy (ARCE) - to create the grand experience.
This photo exhibition presents Carmel Berkson’s views on creative processes of making ancient and medieval stone sculptures with focus on interrelationships among the artist, statue, temple and the devotee. Carmel Berkson is an American photographer, artist and scholar who spent 40 years of her life in India studying, documenting and interpreting the aesthetic nuances of Indian sculptures. Carmel curated this exhibition herself using her photographs that she gifted to the Photo-archives of CA&A in 2009.
INNER AND OUTER WORLDS: LOOKING AT TEMPLE ARCHITECTURE
The exhibition addresses the question -‘What makes a Temple Architecture?’ The exhibition panels describe various parts of the building and the placement of sculptures on the temple walls. A walkthrough of the temple is created with the view to give visitors a sense of circumambulating the temple and lets them to gather interesting details about the building. The visuals and drawings used for the exhibition are drawn from the CA&A’s collection of a 10th century Ambika temple in Jagat, Udaipur, Rajasthan.
“River Goddesses in Sculptural Art of India” is drawn from the photo archives of the Center for Art and Archaeology. The exhibition panels, ranging in linear time scale from the 2nd century A.D. to the 16th century A.D. and emanating from varied archaeological, historical, and architectural contexts, portray the Indian concepts on Rivers as Personified Goddesses with divine attributes.
This small exhibition highlights the different places and types of evidence in which traces of Asoka have been found in the subcontinent. While the most famous monuments associated with him are free-standing pillars inscribed with some of his messages, there are other important evidences to collect and to consider, such as coins, sculptures, and other archaeological material. Despite much attention surrounding Asoka as a great king, it is remarkable how many questions remain unanswered about him and his empire.