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“Epic Collections: American Pursuit of Indian Paintings”

intricate indian painting featuring narrative story

ArghanDiv Brings the Chest of Armor to Hamza, 1562-1577. Opaque watercolor and gold on cotton, sheet: 31 1/8 x 24 15/16 in. (79.1 x 63.3 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Museum Collection Fund, 24.47 (Photo: Brooklyn Museum)

This lecture will bring together an extraordinary group of Indian painting collections and the collectors who assembled them to illustrate the intriguing stories behind their history.

Since the exhibition on view at the Blanton Museum of Art this season features exclusively works selected from the San Diego Museum of Art’s collection of Indian paintings collected and bequeathed by Edwin C. Binney III, Poster considers the role of Ed Binney in elevating the understanding Indian art and his place among other extraordinary collectors of the genre. Binney was a collector of paintings in a special manner and his approach to collecting, while indicative of the time he lived, could not be replicated today. Poster surveys several other collections that were paramount in their time and discusses how they represent the evolution of study in the field. 

Amy G. Poster is an independent curator and a consultant on museum strategic planning in New York, specializing in Asian Art. She is curator emerita of Asian Art at the Brooklyn Museum, where she was curator and chair of the Asian Art department from 1989 to 2006. A recognized expert in the field of Asian art history, Poster has curated numerous special exhibitions and edited and authored their affiliated catalogues. Currently, Poster serves as consulting curator, Asian Art, for the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. Additionally, she serves on numerous art advisory committees, including the Islamic Art visiting committee of The Metropolitan Museum of Art, the board of the Japanese Art Society of America, the international committee of the Japan Society Gallery, the art advisory committee of Olana Historic Site, the Advisory Group of the Friends of Khmer Culture, Inc.