Modes of Expression through Execution: Indian and Southeast Asian Art from the Permanent Collection

Exhibition open from Sat Feb 28 2009 to Sun Jan 24 2010

Westerners have long focused on the religious nature of Indian and Southeast Asian art. In an effort to shed new light on our understanding of the art of these regions, this exhibition explores the aesthetic qualities that made them sacred. Religious practices played a significant role in the development of the subcontinent’s notable production of stone and metal sculptures. To help visitors appreciate the artistic inventiveness from a perspective of highly diversified subjects and the actual execution, this exhibition is presented primarily in a comparative way. Sculptures selected from the permanent collection are organized by media and regional stylistic variations. The exhibition is curated by Dr. Janice Leoshko, Associate Professor of Art and History at the University of Texas at Austin.