I just found out that the Brooklyn Museum is hosting a one-day workshop called “Mehindi, the Art of Henna” on Saturday, August 13, 2011 from 2-5 pm with practitioner Sandy Patangay. A materials fee and registration are required for participation, so if you can make it, check out the official calender of events for more information: http://www.brooklynmuseum.org/calendar/event/4404
Even if you are not able to make the workshop (like me), be sure to check out the Museum’s current exhibition of South Asian art, “Vishnu: Hinduism’s Blue-Skinned Savior,” which started this summer and will end on October 2, 2011. The exhibit proposes to examine Vishnu in three sections: 1) in his primary form; 2) as his numerous avatars, or manifestations, and; 3) as an object of worship and ritual practice. While I haven’t had a chance to make it out there just yet, the official website boasts a presentation of one-hundred-and-seventy Indian paintings, sculptures, and ritual objects from within the Vaishnava tradition ranging from the fourth through twentieth centuries, and those pictured on the website are quite beautiful. This definitely looks like a must-see for anyone fascinated by South Asian art and religion, and I’ll be interested in seeing how this highly popular deity is presented by the staff of the Brooklyn Museum!
For further information, see the exhibit’s official description on the Brooklyn Museum’s website (http://www.brooklynmuseum.org/exhibitions/vishnu/) and the related blog entry by the Brooklyn Museum’s Lisa and Bernard Selz Curator of Asian Art, Joan Cummins (http://www.brooklynmuseum.org/community/blogosphere/2011/08/02/the-original-avatars-an-introduction-to-vishnu%e2%80%99s-earthly-manifestations/).