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Lecture and Luncheon: Ritual and Context—Chola Bronzes Revealed

April 6, 2016
11:00AM1:00PM
Nichols Board of Trustees Suite
$60 members of the Asian Art Council, Friends of Indian and Islamic Art, and Sustaining Fellows; $80 general public

Encounters with Asia: Masterpieces of Indian Art

Ritual and Context: Chola Bronzes Revealed

The Art Institute of Chicago has assembled a fine collection of bronzes from Southern India. Among Indian artifacts, bronzes—particularly from the Chola period (10–13th century)—are some of the most prized and collectable. This lecture by Madhuvanti Ghose, Alsdorf Associate Curator of Indian, Southeast Asian, Himalayan, and Islamic Art, considers some of the finest Chola bronzes produced and discusses how they were crafted for use in South Indian temple rituals, why they became regarded as objects of desire, and what makes them highly valued by collectors today.


Madhuvanti Ghose is the Alsdorf Associate Curator of Indian, Southeast Asian, Himalayan, and Islamic Art at the Art Institute of Chicago. She recently curated Gates of the Lord: The Tradition of Krishna Paintings, the Art Institute’s first major international loan exhibition from India (2015/16). She has also curated the site-specific Public Notice 3 (2010–11) by Jitish Kallat, The Last Harvest: The Art of Rabindranath Tagore (2012) and co-organized and co-curated the exhibitions, Zarina: Paper Like Skin (2013) and Nilima Sheikh: Each Night Put Kashmir in Your Dreams (2014) with the Department of Contemporary Art. Ghose leads the Vivekananda Memorial Program for Museum Excellence, designed to foster professional exchanges between the Art Institute and various museums in India. In 2013 she was honored with a Breaking Barriers Award by the Chicago Foundation for Women.

 

RSVP by contacting the Office of Sustaining Fellows at (312) 443-3735. Space is limited.

 

Encounters with Asia: Masterpieces of Indian Art is a lecture and luncheon series presented by the Asian Art Council, the Friends of Indian and Islamic Art, and the Sustaining Fellows of the Art Institute of Chicago that meets on Wednesdays in April.

 

Per person, per lecture: $60 members of the Asian Art Council, Friends of Indian and Islamic Art, and Sustaining Fellows, $80 general public

 

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Buddha with Left Hand in Gesture of Gift Giving (Varadamudra), Chola period, 11th/12th century. Nagapattinam, Tamil Nadu, India. Samuel Nickerson Fund.