Brooklyn gets a rare vision of Vishnu and Hindu culture

Photo: wall carving of Hindu god VishnuThe Brooklyn Museum is offering an exhibit of Indian paintings, sculptures and other artefacts on Vishnu, June 24-October 2, obviously in that borough of New York City.

Vishnu: Hinduism’s Blue-Skinned Savior is the first major museum exhibition to focus on Vishnu, one of Hinduism’s three major deities. Presenting approximately 170 paintings, sculptures, and ritual objects that were made in India between the fourth and twentieth centuries, this exhibition serves as a brief survey of Hindu art styles as well as an examination of the Vaishnava (Vishnu-worshipping) tradition.

There are also some cute avatars that represent some of the earthly manifestations that Vishu took to intervene in the human realm. Bernita Hussain comments on yoga classes at the Museum. the Observer does a write up on the Museum but does not focus on the Vishnu exhibit.

Will all of this news help you get into Eka Pada Koundiyanasana II or understanding the aphorisms of Patanjali? No. But it will help you to get a handle on the macro-cosmovision from which the multiple expressions of yoga emerged over the past couple of millenia. If you’re going to the Big Apple, it might be an opportunity to take in the exhibit.