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Teacher Workshop: India Past and Present—Living Traditions and Artistic Practice

November 7, 2015
Ryan Education Center, Studio C
$50 / 5 CPDUs

The vast and diverse nation of India is a place of extremes and apparent contradictions, where ancient religious traditions thrive within a contemporary culture driven by rapid globalization. This teacher workshop offers an opportunity to explore the complex and layered character of India through the lens of the Art Institute of Chicago’s exhibition Gates of the Lord: The Tradition of Krishna Paintings. This unique and extraordinary exhibition presents the rich artistic history of the Pushtimarg sect of Hinduism, founded in the 15th century, and features both traditional Indian art and the contemporary work it has inspired. Teachers participating in the workshop will consider the ways in which the paintings on view provide a context for deepening understanding of the multicultural, multisensory, and multifaceted realities of India.

 Art and humanities teachers are encouraged to attend. 

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Krishna Fluting for Gopis, late 18th/ early 19th century. Jodhpur, Rajasthan, India. Gift of Marilynn B. Alsdorf. (2014.1193)