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Thursday, December 4, 2014

FIRST THURSDAY DWELLING IN THE CITY

First Thursday at the Seattle Art Museum was a nice way to cap my very full day.  I was fortunate to see the City Dwellers exhibit.  Surprisingly, the modern seemed to mesh well with the traditional cultural elements.  It makes me wonder about my previous perceptions of India.

Having never been, somewhere in the back of my mind, there are two separate locations called India.  One containing heavy religious and spiritual influences where it is calm, silent and lined with several paths of enlightenment way up on a mountain top.  The other is commercial.  A loud densely populated place with lots of people moving about with no time to enjoy quiet moments.

Several aspects of India were present at City Dwellers.  What seemed like a distinct and defined duality in my mind, disappeared.  I was introduced to India's cultural fluidity through art.  A culture too complex and rich to be boxed into these separate ideas and categories.  Artistically, it is all of the things I imagined and more.


There were several pieces that stood out to me.  But the Arrival and Disillusion photographs featuring the blue skinned Krishna were my favorites.  The contrast between religion/mythology versus commercial/modern was stark and apparent.  It was absolutely striking.  I kept thinking:

Oh poor Krishna is going to get charged extra if he gets some blue on the hotel's fine linens.  

You will have to see what I am talking about for yourself!  I did take a few photos this time but none of Krishna, sadly...



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