The Asian Art Museum’s major exhibition The Rama Epic: Hero, Heroine, Ally, Foe (October 21, 2016-January 15, 2017) highlights 130 splendid paintings, sculptures, and performing arts objects made over 1500 years in India, Southeast Asia, and the West. These works are being brought from museums in Europe, the UK, and around the US to illuminate the personalities and characters, trials and triumphs of the four main characters, Rama, Sita, Hanuman, and Ravana. It will be the largest and most important exhibition on the Rama epic ever staged in the US.
Dr. Forrest McGill, Wattis Senior Curator of South and Southeast Asian Art at the Asian Art Museum, San Francisco, and Chief Curator of The Rama Epic, will describe the exhibition’s themes and approaches and illustrate some of the most significant artworks. The introduction will be followed by a conversation with two renowned Ramayana scholars from UC Berkeley, Dr. Robert P. Goldman and Dr. Sally J. Sutherland Goldman, together with Forrest McGill.
In a concluding piece, visiting artist, Dr. Mallika Sarabhai will enact a segment from her stage production, Sita’s Daughters.
Please join us for a Reception in the Loggia following the event.
Free after Museum Admission.
Hanuman flies to the Himalayas for magical herbs, page from the Mewar Ramayana, 1649–1653, by Sahibdin (Indian, active approx. 1625–1660). Opaque watercolors on paper.The British Library, Add. MS 15297(1) f.100r.
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Following groundbreaking U.S. art installations, Public Notice 3 at the Art Institute of Chicago (2010-2011), and Epilogue at the San Jose Museum of Art (2013-2014), Jitish Kallat visits San Francisco for an insightful conversation discussing his art practices and the critically acclaimed curating project, the Kochi-Muziris Biennale 2014 at the Asian Art Museum in San Francisco.
Please join SACHI and Asian Art Museum friends for a rare opportunity to hear Mumbai-based artist Jitish Kallat, a stimulating voice in the contemporary art scene today.
To learn more about Jitish Kallat’s installation Public Notice 3, please visit http://www.artic.edu/exhibition/jitish-kallat-public-notice-3 .
To watch Jitish Kallat speak on the Infinite Episode, please visit https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rJYmaXzvbpY .
Society for Art & Cultural Heritage of India and Institute for South Asia Studies, UC Berkeley are proud to present Learning from Lahore, an illustrated talk on the urban history of Lahore by Professor Will Glover, Distinguished Architectural Historian and Director of Graduate Studies, History, Univ. of Michigan. Dr. Munis Faruqui, Co-Chair, Berkeley Pakistan Initiative and Associate Professor, Dept. of South and Southeast Asian Studies will lead a conversation with Prof. Glover following the presentation. The event is free and open to the public.