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Gates Of The Lord: The Tradition Of Krishna Paintings

"Curator Madhuvanti Ghose discusses the first U.S. presentation of the art and aesthetics of the Pushtimarg sect of Hinduism, an exhibition featuring over 100 paintings and pichvais celebrating Shrinathji, a form of Krishna. On view through January 3, 2016."


On Thursday:

Chicago arts and culture writer Victoria Lautman discusses Gates of the Lord: The Tradition of Krishna Paintings with Madhuvanti Ghose, Alsdorf Associate Curator of Indian, Southeast Asian, Himalayan, and Islamic Art.

6 p.m. - 7 p.m., Fullerton Hall, free with museum admission.



"The Pushtimarg, a Hindu sect established in India in the fifteenth century, possesses a unique culture - reaching back centuries and still vital today - in which art and devotion are deeply intertwined. This important volume, illustrated with more than one hundred vivid images, offers a new, in-depth look at the Pushtimarg and its rich aesthetic traditions, which are largely unknown outside of South Asia.

"Original essays by eminent scholars of Indian art focus on the style of worship, patterns of patronage, and artistic heritage that generated pichvais, large paintings on cloth designed to hang in temples, as well as other paintings for the Pushtimarg. In this expansive study, the authors deftly examine how pichvais were and still are used in the seasonal and daily veneration of Shrinathji, an aspect of Krishna as a child who is the chief deity of the temple town of Nathdwara in Rajasthan. Gates of the Lord introduces readers not only to the visual world of the Pushtimarg, but also to the spirit of Nathdwara."


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