This photo exhibition presents Carmel Berkson’s views on creative processes of making ancient and medieval stone sculptures with focus on interrelationships among the artist, statue, temple and the devotee. Carmel Berkson is an American photographer, artist and scholar who spent 40 years of her life in India studying, documenting and interpreting the aesthetic nuances of Indian sculptures. Carmel curated this exhibition herself using her photographs that she gifted to the Photo-archives of CA&A in 2009.
INNER AND OUTER WORLDS: LOOKING AT TEMPLE ARCHITECTURE
The exhibition addresses the question -‘What makes a Temple Architecture?’ The exhibition panels describe various parts of the building and the placement of sculptures on the temple walls. A walkthrough of the temple is created with the view to give visitors a sense of circumambulating the temple and lets them to gather interesting details about the building. The visuals and drawings used for the exhibition are drawn from the CA&A’s collection of a 10th century Ambika temple in Jagat, Udaipur, Rajasthan.
“River Goddesses in Sculptural Art of India” is drawn from the photo archives of the Center for Art and Archaeology. The exhibition panels, ranging in linear time scale from the 2nd century A.D. to the 16th century A.D. and emanating from varied archaeological, historical, and architectural contexts, portray the Indian concepts on Rivers as Personified Goddesses with divine attributes.