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Special Event

Present to Past: India’s Historic Temple Sculpture

October 30 2019 7:30 PM — 9:00 PM
Welcome Center

Price: $15 Members and Students; $20 Non-Members.

In the exhibition Interference Fringe | TALLUR L.N., artist Tallur L.N. incorporates fragments of India’s past into his sculptures to comment on our shared present. Some are actual stone carvings from thousand year old temples, others are reproductions modelled on equally ancient bronze icons. This talk will work in reverse, exploring India’s historic temple arts to understand the physical and ritual origins of such fragments.

Darielle Mason is the Stella Kramrisch Curator of Indian and Himalayan Art and Head of the Department of South Asian Art at the Philadelphia Museum of Art. She holds a Ph.D. from the University of Pennsylvania where she is adjunct professor. A specialist in northern India’s historic temples, Mason has curated over fifty exhibitions including Gods, Guardians, and Lovers: Temple Sculpture from Northern India, A.D. 700-1200, Intimate Worlds: Indian Paintings from the Alvin O. Bellak Collection, and Kantha: The Embroidered Quilts of Bengal for which she won the prestigious Alfred H. Barr Jr. Award. She lead the curatorial team that transformed Philadelphia’s South Asian Art galleries by breaking traditional museum boundaries and exploring themes that are both regionally relevant and universal. At present she is part of the team reinventing the Seattle Asian Art Museum along similar lines and is completing a book on the history of Philadelphia’s unique South Indian Temple Hall.

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