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Walters Art Museum Exhibits Work by Foundation Faculty Amita Bhatt '09, Oct. 31-Dec. 13

Reception takes place Saturday, Oct. 31, 3-5 p.m.

Posted 10.26.09 by MICA Media Relations

Amita Bhatt '09, "DESIRE. DESIRE"

BALTIMORE--The Walters Art Museum (600 N. Charles St.) presents selected works from its John and Berthe Ford collection of traditional Indian and Himalayan art in visual dialogue with paintings by India-born artist and MICA foundation faculty member Amita Bhatt '09 in the exhibition Desire. Destruction. Transcendence, Saturday, Oct. 31-Sunday, Dec. 13. The opening reception is Saturday, Oct. 31, 3-5 p.m.

Bhatt derives her imagery from Hindu and Buddhist tantric sources infused with her understanding of Western philosophy. She explores classic themes of desire, conflict, struggle and transcendence as they manifest themselves in the present day. This thought provoking installation recognizes the power of visual expressions to articulate, to mobilize, to activate and to provoke. Informed by tradition but speaking in the present, Bhatt's works explore fundamental struggles and eternal tensions common to all cultures.

This installation will be in the Ford Gallery of South Asian and Himalayan Art. The Ford Gallery is located in the Hackerman House, which is open on Saturdays and Sundays, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

For more information, visit the Walters' Web site here.

Image caption: Amita Bhatt '09, DESIRE. DESIRE, oil on canvas, 2009.

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