Celebrate South Asia

2 Oct 2016
10am - 3pm
Philadelphia Museum of Art, Great Stair Hall Balcony, 2600 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia


Artist unknown, Krishna and Radha, c. 1750, opaque watercolor and gold on cotton. Photo courtesy of the Philadelphia Museum of Art.


Tara, Goddess of Compassion, 18th–19th century, Mongolia, gift of John T. Morris, 1911-98. Photo courtesy of Philadelphia Museum of Art.


Programming from the third annual Anne d’Harnoncourt Symposium: \Exhibiting India's Art in the 21st Century


The Immortal Marriage, c. 1700–25, India, Stella Kramrisch Collection, 1994-148-509. Photo courtesy of Philadelphia Museum of Art.

In conjunction with the reopening of its eight South Asian art galleries, the Philadelphia Museum of Art will present a series of family-friendly events outside the galleries on the Great Stair Hall Balcony. Programming includes art-making workshops for children, guided tours of the galleries and special exhibitions, and performances by two South Asian fusion dance troupes from the University of Pennsylvania, PENNaach and Penn Dhamaka.

The new South Asian art galleries feature nearly 3,000 works spanning over 2,500 years. The fully reinterpreted and reinstalled galleries will offer visitors an opportunity to immerse themselves in diverse cultures of the past and present through vivid storytelling, powerful images, and digital interactives. Stretching from Tibet and Nepal through India, Iran, Thailand, and Cambodia, the collection includes a stone temple hall from southern India, courtly Indian miniature paintings, ornate Buddhist works from Tibet and Nepal, colorful textiles, and lively temple sculpture.