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Beyond Bollywood: 2000 Years of Dance in Art

November 11, 2022–February 5, 2023

Western & Southern Galleries (Galleries 232 and 233)
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Friends of South Asian Art, Islamic Art and Antiquities
Press Release (PDF)

 

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The exhibition Beyond Bollywood: 2000 Years of Dance in Art considers the compelling visual language of dance in the arts from South Asia, Southeast Asia, and the Himalayan region from the first to the twenty-first century. Through religious, courtly, and everyday objects, the exhibition illustrates how dance occupies a uniquely important place in the region. The dance of the gods can provide religious and ethical lessons and can also symbolize power and majesty. In daily life, people have long danced for worship, for festivals, for the entertainment of emperors and princes, and for their own enjoyment. Experience the exceptional importance and power of dance in religious thought, literature, politics, and societal structures. Dance was–and is–not only for delight.

Jointly organized by the Cincinnati Art Museum and the Asian Art Museum, the exhibition premieres in Cincinnati before travelling to San Francisco in 2023. Beyond Bollywood: 2000 Years of Dance in Art is accompanied by an interdisciplinary, multi-author publication – available now from the museum shop in person and online.

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This exhibition has an accessible pathway, large print labels, and an audio exhibition available via QR code.

 


Featured Media

CAAS 2022 Annual Lecture Dance and the Arts of India Video

Enjoy a captivating lecture-demonstration led by Dr. Ainsley M. Cameron, Curator of South Asian Art, Islamic Art, and Antiquities, and Mekala Krishnan, a trained Bharatanatyam dancer.

Exhibition Content

Download complete Beyond Bollywood large print labels, optimized for screen reader.

Hear verbal descriptions of highlighted artworks and interpretive content for the exhibition, wherever you are.

Access the Audio Exhibition

If you need accessibility accommodations for this program or event, please email [email protected]. Please contact us at least two weeks in advance to ensure accommodations can be made.

 

Walnut Hills Glow Up, hosted by CAM

Saturday, October 15, 2022, 4–7 p.m.

 

Members Opening

Thursday, November 10, 2022, 5–7 p.m.

 

Lecture: Dance as Destiny: A Feminist Reconsideration of the Indian Danseuse in her Many Forms

Thursday, November 10, 2022, 7–8 p.m.

 

Gallery Tour and Lecture-Demonstration with Balinese Dancer Kamellia Smith

Saturday, November 19 at 12 and 2 p.m.

 

CAM Kids Day: Dance Party

Saturday, December 3, 2022, 11 a.m.—5 p.m.

 

Gallery Tour and Lecture-Demonstration with kathak dancer Rossana Bandopadhyay

Saturday, December 17 at 12 and 2 p.m.

 

Gallery Tour and Lecture-Demonstration with Bharatnatyam dancer Mekala Krishnan

Saturday, January 21 at 12 and 2 p.m.

 

2000 Years: The Art of Dance and Dance in Art

Sunday, February 5, 2023 2 p.m.

Beyond Bollywood: 2000 Years of Dance in Art is accompanied by an interdisciplinary, multi-author publication, with new scholarship presented by dance and film historians, art historians, and scholars of religions. It is the first publication dedicated to exploring dance in the arts from the wider Indian cultural sphere. Contributions include thematic essays by Dr. Ainsley M. Cameron, Cincinnati Art Museum’s Curator of South Asian Art, Islamic Art, and Antiquities and Dr. Forrest McGill, Wattis Senior Curator of South and Southeast Asian Art, San Francisco, with additional essays by Dr. Laura Weinstein, Dr. Padma Kaimal, and Dr. Esha Niyogi De.

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The Museum brought together a small Community Advisory Committee to plan and execute programming initiatives related to the exhibition Beyond Bollywood: 2000 Years of Dance in Art. The museum is grateful for the time, collaboration, humor, and dedication offered from the individuals listed below.    

 

Ainsley M. Cameron, Curator of South Asian Art Islamic Art, and Antiquities at the Cincinnati Art Museum

Carolyn Guideo Clifford, Director of Education and Community Engagement, Cincinnati Ballet

Trudy Gaba, Curatorial Assistant of South Asian Art Islamic Art, and Antiquities at the Cincinnati Art Museum

Carrie Atkins Maras, Associate Director of Community Engagement at the Cincinnati Art Museum

Haley Perkins, Assistant Director of Interpretive Programming at the Cincinnati Art Museum

Anu Mitra, Cincinnati Art Museum Trustee and Docent, and Faculty at Union Institute and University

Anita Raturi, Adjunct Professor at the University of Cincinnati in Political Science and Government  

Kamellia Smith, Balinese dance teacher and performer

Rodney Veal, Board president for Ohio Dance, independent choreographer, and host of Southwest Ohio’s The Art Show

 

Major Support by:

National Endowment for the Arts

Presenting Sponsor:

 

Procter & Gamble