Illustrated Talk: "Seen Through a Screen: Mughal Art at Doris Duke's Shangri La"


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by Sharon Littlefield, curator of the Doris Duke Shangri La Collection

When: Nov 9 2008 (All day)
Where: East-West Center Art Gallery, Burns Hall, 1601 East-West Road, Honolulu

2:00 - 3:00 p.m.
Free admission.

Exhibition: Field of Flowers: Mughal Carpets and Treasures

Presented in cooperation with the Doris Duke Foundation for Islamic Art
September 21 – December 31, 2008
East-West Center Gallery

A pair of rare large carpets on exhibit at the East-West Center Gallery from the collection at Shangri La, in addition to being historically significant markers of an artistic tradition, stand alone as important works of art due to their unusual shape and pairing.  Each carpet has an arched interior with pointed ends.  When paired, the carpets form a bold field of flowers with an interior void wherein a person, most likely a royal personage, could have sat in splendor.

In mid-17th century Mughal India, the taste for
naturalistic floral sprays reached an apogee of artistic expression. 
The aesthetic style seen in the carpets and other art forms of the
period dominated the arts of south Asia from the 17th century to the
present and has had an impact on aesthetic traditions of the West and
China.  Other artworks, inspired by Mughal idioms that include
brassware, painting, stonework, woodwork, and textiles, show the
continuity of this tradition in contemporary India and Pakistan. 
Photographs and demonstrations by a rug maker and designer from India
augment the presentation.

Special Event
EWC Gallery, admission free

Sunday, December 14, 12:30-4:00 p.m.
Indian Feature Film: Jodhaa Akbar
extravaganza filmed partially in Agra Fort and depicting the romance
between a Hindu princess and the Mughal emperor, Akbar

EWC contact: Eric Chang, Arts Program Assistant, EWC Gallery, (808) 944-7584
email: [email protected]

hours are Monday-Friday 8 a.m.-5 p.m; Sunday noon-4 p.m. Closed
Saturdays and holidays and May 18. Admission is free. Visitor parking
on the adjacent UH campus is $3 and is usually easily available on the
upper campus after 4 p.m. weekdays; Sunday parking is normally free and
ample. Address: John A. Burns Hall, 1601 East-West Road (corner Dole
St. & East-West Rd.)

These East-West Center Arts Programs
are made possible by generous support from the Hawai`i Pacific Rim
Society, Friends of Hawai`i Charities, the Cooke Foundation, Jackie
Chan Foundation USA, and generous contributors to the EWC Foundation,
including members of the EWC Arts `Ohana.

Primary Contact Info:
Name: Eric Chang, Arts Program Assistant, EWC Gallery
Phone: 944-7584