Imagine This: Manil Suri and Rina Banerjee
Join us for an evening of literature and contemporary art. Award-winning author Manil Suri discusses his “Trimurti” trilogy, based on the trinity of Hindu gods: Vishnu, Shiva, and Devi. Suri will elaborate on his use of mythological motifs to imagine the past, present, and future of India in his three novels, The Death of Vishnu (2001), The Age of Shiva (2003), and The City of Devi (2013). Suri is professor of mathematics and affiliate professor of Asian studies at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County. His novels have been translated into 27 languages.Learn more »
Power, the Spirit, and the Flesh
Three master filmmakers from different regions of India explore the collision of religious convention and the messiness of everyday life in a society poised between tradition and modernity. Presented in conjunction with Yoga: The Art of Transformation.
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Exhibiting Asia in the 21st Century
Today, globally engaged exhibiting of Asian art involves challenges never imagined when our museums and disciplines were established. Why does the aura of objects remain important in an era of virtual learning? What is the impact of 24/7 exhibition cycles on curators? Why is it urgent to reexamine the historical roots of current collections and intellectual frameworks? How do museums present objects as simultaneously "icons" and "artworks"? Who interprets Asian art? Answers to these and other pressing questions will be explored in talks delivered by leading experts in the field. Exhibiting Asia in the 21st Century is an occasional lecture series inaugurated in 2012 to honor the twenty-fifth anniversary of the Arthur M. Sackler Gallery.
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In the Galleries
Tours, Carts & Conversations
Explore the Freer Gallery of Art's rich and diverse collections, or discover the Arthur M. Sackler Gallery's premier collection of Asian art through one of our tours, offered year-round. With help from gallery interpreters, engage in hands-on activities at interactive carts and informal conversations in the galleries.
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