New Orleans Museum of Art (NOMA) in New Orleans (Louisiana, USA) will display Hindu deities in bronze in an exhibition titled “The Elegant Image” from August 5 to October 23, 2011. This exhibition reportedly spanning 15 centuries of the Indian subcontinent will show over 100 sculptures. Museum Director Susan M. Taylor has been quoted as saying: “The Elegant Image must be seen first hand to truly appreciate the spiritual power of these truly unique bronzes.” During the same period, NOMA is also organizing another exhibition titled “Modernist Photographs of Tagore’s Santiniketan and the Indian Subcontinent from 1929”.
Applauding NOMA for exhibiting Hinduism focused art, Hindu statesman Rajan Zed, in a statement in Nevada (USA) today, said that art had a long and rich tradition in Hinduism and ancient Sanskrit literature talked about religious paintings of deities on wood or cloth.
Rajan Zed, who is President of Universal Society of Hinduism, urged other major art museums of the world, including Musee du Louvre and Musee d’Orsay of Paris, Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, Los Angeles Getty Center, Uffizi Gallery of Florence (Italy), Art Institute of Chicago, Tate Modern of London, Prado Museum of Madrid, National Gallery of Art in Washington DC, etc., to frequently organize Hindu art focused exhibitions, thus sharing the rich Hindu art heritage with the rest of the world.
Founded in 1910, NOMA houses over 30,000 art objects encompassing 4,000 years of world art. It has 46 galleries and its mission includes “to inspire the love of art”. It houses a significant and growing collection of the tribal and village arts of India, particularly those from the Khond tribes and arts from the Karnataka region. Adjacent Besthoff Sculpture Garden occupying five acres houses over sixty sculptures from artists from all over the world and hosts yoga three times a month.