Exhibitions: The Goddess in Indian Art

  • 1st Floor
    Arts of Africa, Steinberg Family Sculpture Garden
  • 2nd Floor
    Arts of Asia and the Islamic World
  • 3rd Floor
    Egyptian Art, European Paintings
  • 4th Floor
    Contemporary Art, Decorative Arts, Elizabeth A. Sackler Center for Feminist Art
  • 5th Floor
    Luce Center for American Art

On View: Power Figure (Nkishi)

This figure’s protruding abdomen allowed room for the insertion of various medicines by an nganga (ritual specialist) to activate the ...

Hiroshige's One Hundred Famous Views of Edo

Hiroshige's 118 woodblock landscape and genre scenes of mid-nineteenth-century Tokyo, is one of the greatest achievements of Japanese art.

    On View: Ring of Ramesses IV

    All three of these rings probably belonged to nobility or other private persons, not to royalty, The small bronze signet ring has the prenom...


    The Goddess in Indian Art

    • Dates: February 27, 1980 through June 30, 1980
    • Collections: Asian Art
    Press Releases ?
    • Date unknown, 1980: All ancient cultures used a nude and explicitly maternal female figure- -the Great Goddess- -as their symbol of the feminine force of fertility. The exhibition The Goddess in Indian Art, on view at The Brooklyn Museum February 27 through June 29, reflects that universal vision. The exhibition also illustrates the uniquely varied and dual roles the Indian Goddess plays. She is seen as divine spiritual energy, both benevolent and terrifying, carrying out divine missions.

      Assembled from The Brooklyn Museum collection by Amy G. Poster, Associate Curator of Oriental Art, the 46 sculpture and paintings depict the Goddess in the art and mythology of India and neighboring countries. Taken chronologically, the earliest figures represent the universal Mother Goddess, but as early as the Kushan period (1st century A.D.), diverse forms develop and such goddesses as the “Durga Destroying the Buffalo Demon” appear.

      The exhibition examines the “Goddess as Divine Mother and Creator,” the "Black Goddess,” and the “Goddess in her Multiple Aspects.” Shown in relation to sculpture and paintings representing other dieties, the images illustrate historical and regional interpretations of these various forms.

      A special event, “The Art of India: Gods, Myths, and Rituals,” will take place on Saturday, March 29 from 10 AM to 4 PM. The program will include lectures by Indian specialists Francis G. Hutchins, author; Amy G. Poster; and Barbara Stoler Miller, Professor of Oriental Studies, Barnard College; as well as two films. ($5 for the day/$2.50 students and senior citizens.) This will be followed by a free performance by the classical Indian dancer, Indrani, at 4 PM. A companion exhibition on the same theme will be held at the Low Library, Columbia University, March 3 - 7 in conjunction with a lecture series by Dr. Pratapaditya Pal, Senior Curator of Indian and Islamic Art, Los Angeles County Museum of Art.

      The Brooklyn Museum is open Wednesday through Saturday 10 to 5, Sundays 12 noon to 5, and holidays 1 to 5.

      Brooklyn Museum Archives. Records of the Department of Public Information. Press releases, 1971 - 1988. 1980, 005-6. View Original 1 . View Original 2

    advanced 110,573 records currently online.

    Separate each tag with a space: painting portrait.

    Or join words together in one tag by using double quotes: "Brooklyn Museum."

    Recently Tagged Exhibitions

    Recent Comments

    "Hi Aimee, I think you mean Oreet Ashery? More information can be found in her profile on the Feminist Art Base: http://www.brooklynmuseum.org/eascfa/feminist_art_base/gallery/oreet_ashery.php?i=266"
    By shelley

    "Hi, I am trying to find the name of the artist who took and is in the photograph that follows- http://www.brooklynmuseum.org/opencollection/exhibitions/664/Global_Feminisms_Remix/image/216/Global_Feminisms_Remix._%7C08032007_-_03032008%7C._Installation_view. I believe the artist takes pictures of herself dressed as a man but then exposes her femaleness, as in the photo of her dressed as an Ascetic Jew exposing her breast. Can you help me find her information? Thanks in advance- Aimee Record"
    By Aimee Record

    "For more information on Louis Schanker and the New York Art Scene of the mid 1900's go to http://www.LouisSchanker.info "
    By Lou Siegel

    Join the posse or log in to work with our collections. Your tags, comments and favorites will display with your attribution.

    The Brooklyn Museum Archives maintains a collection of historical press releases. Many of these have been scanned and made available on our Web site. The releases range from brief announcements to extensive articles; images of the original releases have been included for your reference. Please note that all the original typographical elements, including occasional errors, have been retained. Releases may also contain errors as a result of the scanning process. We welcome your feedback about corrections.
    For select exhibitions, we have made available some or all of the informative text panels written by the curator or organizer. Called "didactics," these panels are presented to the public during the exhibition's run, and we reproduce them here for your reference and archival interest. Please note that any illustrations on the original didactics have not been retained, and that the text may contain errors as a result of the scanning process. We welcome your feedback about corrections.
    For select exhibitions, we have made available some or all of the objects from the Brooklyn Museum collection that were in the installation. These objects are listed here for your reference and archival interest, but the list may be incomplete and does not contain objects owned by other institutions or lenders.
    This section utilizes the New York Times API in order to display related materials in New York Times publications.