Miniature Worlds: The Art of India
BURLINGTON, VT – On February 22, 2005, the Fleming Museum presents the
exhibition Miniature Worlds: The Art of India. “India figures
regularly in current events, whether in its growing role in a globalized work force
or in the devastation of the tsunami,” says University Vermont professor John
Seyller, curator of the Museum’s exhibition. “But India, a vast and ancient
land, obviously transcends these very recent developments. This
exhibition of Indian paintings can open our eyes to India’s marvelous mythology and
artistic traditions, forces that have sustained India’s rich culture over many centuries.”
Miniature Worlds: The Art of India presents a selection of Indian
paintings and thematically related votive sculptures from the Art Complex Museum
in Duxbury, Massachusetts, which assembled its collection in the 1960s, when
Indian painting was still little known in the West. Representing most of the
major genres and schools of painting, these objects will be complemented by
works borrowed from private collections and drawn from the Fleming Museum’s
collection, including two large cloth paintings used in popular storytelling
and ritual worship. The paintings on view offer visitors matter-of-fact
observations of everyday activities and the natural world, express the
subtleties of human love, evoke musical melodies, and recount legendary
exploits of heroes and gods.
An opening reception is planned for February 24, 5-7pm for the Fleming
Museum’s spring exhibitions Miniature Worlds: The Art of India;
Art/Document: Defining American Photography; and Collecting the Body,
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India, Rajasthan, Mewar, c. 1720.
Opaque watercolor. Art Complex Museum, Duxbury, MA.
Much of the work included in Miniature Worlds is from the Leland C. and
Paula Wyman Collection at The Art Complex Museum, a collection of 300
paintings. This portion of the exhibition is a program of ExhibitsUSA
and was curated by Alice R. M. Hyland, Ph.D., of Trinity College, Hartford,
Connecticut, in collaboration with Catherine Mayes, senior curator at The
Art Complex Museum.
ExhibitsUSA is generously supported by Altria Group Inc.; James H.
Clement,Jr.; the Cooper Foundation; Maureen and Robert Decherd; Douglas County
Bank/Ross and Marianna Beach; DST Systems Inc.; The Don and Sybil Harrington
Foundation; Edward Jones; the Helen Jones Foundation; the William T. Kemper
Foundation, Commerce Bank, trustee; the Richard P. Kimmel and Laurine Kimmel
Charitable Foundation; Mrs. Tom Lea; the National Endowment for the Arts;
the National Endowment for the Humanities; the Winthrop Rockefeller
Foundation; the Society of North American Goldsmiths; Sonic, America’s
Drive-In; the Summerlee Foundation; the Courtney S. Turner Charitable Trust;
Valmont Industries; the Woods Charitable Fund; and the state arts agencies
of Arkansas, Kansas, Illinois, Missouri, Nebraska, Oklahoma, and Texas.
ExhibitUSA is a national program of Mid-America Arts Alliance.
Miniature Worlds: The Art of India
Fleming Museum; 61 Colchester Avenue, Burlington; UVM campus.
February 22 – June 5, 2005
February 24, 2005, 5-7pm
May 1 - Labor Day
Tuesday - Friday, noon 4pm
Saturday & Sunday 1 - 5pm
Labor Day - April 30
Tuesday - Friday, 9am - 4pm
Saturday & Sunday, 1 - 5pm
Closed Mondays and major holiday weekends.
$5 adults, $10 family, $3 students and seniors. Free to Museum members;
UVM, Burlington College, Champlain College, Community College of Vermont,
and St. Michael's College faculty, staff, and students; and children 6 and