Seasonal Special Happenings

Curator Tells All

When: Sun., May 22 2011

For art lovers, there's nothing quite as exciting as getting the inside scoop straight from a curator's mouth. Today, Cleveland Museum of Art visitors have that rare opportunity: Guest curator Deepak Sarma, an Associate Professor of South Asian Religions at Case Western Reserve, will shed light on the museum's recently mounted exhibition of Indian Kalighat paintings. "These paintings were a brilliant and marginalized artistic movement," Deepak says. "They depict a fleeting moment in Bengali, Indian, and Colonial history and may have been important in the movement for Indian independence." Rich in style and color, Kalighat paintings also are considered to be the beginning of modernism in Indian art. During her talk, Sarma will reveal the unknown history of the art form, along with its spiritual and emotional significance. "In Indian aesthetic theory, artists are believed to evoke rasa, essence or flavor, in the rasika or connoisseur," Deepak tells us. Come to her talk and you, too, can become a rasika of these vibrant and innovative art form. The free talk happens at 2 p.m. in the Recital Hall. For more info, call 216-707-2483 or go to clevelandart.org. — Maile

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