For Eyes of Time, Chitra Ganesh paired her own site-specific work with a curated selection of objects from across Brooklyn’s encyclopedic collections. In the gallery, these works are showcased in a vitrine along with texts written by Ganesh, commenting on how these pieces from our Egyptian, Asian, American, and Contemporary collections expand on ideas central to her practice and this specific installation. We thought it would be great to share these insights and surprising connections with our audiences beyond the gallery. Each month till the show closes in July, we will highlight a collection object included in Eyes of Time and Ganesh’s thoughts on why it was selected:
In this painting,
The Goddess Matangi, the many-armed goddess Durga rides in the center on her tiger, while her even fiercer incarnation, Matangi, is shown at the upper left holding a severed head and a sword. Along with Kali, they are among the ten fearsome forms of female divinity known as Mahavidyas. By picturing overlapping avatars, paintings such as this one indicate the fluidity between and interrelation of a variety of goddess forms. This plurality also allows various social groups to identify with female divinity through their preferred avatar. For example, Matangi, a marginal figure in the pantheon, has often been associated with worship among lower castes. — Chitra Ganesh
Just a quick reaction post: I just had the honor of hearing Kehinde Wiley’s Artist talk live at the Brooklyn Museum. Such an incredibly talented man. I also read Basquiat’s unreleased notebook pages of poetry and inner thoughts. Basquiat has been one of the most prominent artists in terms of being influential to my journey as an artist. It was a very emotional experience for me and I’ll definitely be visiting his exhibition again before it ends. I’m still in shock from it all. Two of my favorite artists in one night. I’ll be writing an extensive post soon with pictures and video clips.