Queens Museum in New York is displaying various Hindu deities in its “Sacred Waters” exhibition, which is open till November 2, 2014.
It includes a collection of Hindu offerings from Jamaica Bay, with plaques informing the significance of the each deity.
Museum is also celebrating Diwali, Hindu festival of lights, on October 18, which includes lighting of 3000 candles, mehndi, art exhibition, diya painting and cultural program.
Applauding Queens Museum for organizing Hinduism focused exhibition and Diwali, distinguished 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 urged 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.
Peter Meyer and Laura Raicovich are Board Chairman and Executive Director of the Queens Museum, whose mission includes “enhance the quality of life”.
Hinduism, oldest and third largest religion of the world, has about one billion adherents and moksh (liberation) is its ultimate goal. There are about three million Hindus in USA.