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Art museum has dedicated Sikh space

Unknown, Portrait of Guru Arjun, the Fifth Guru (1581-1606), 19th century. Ink and color on paper. On view courtesy of The Khanuja Family (submitted photo).

Did you know that Phoenix Art Museum houses one of the largest Sikh art collections in the United States? And that it is one of only two art spaces in the United States dedicated solely to Sikh art?

With more than 23 million followers, Sikhism is now the fifth-largest religion in the world, and Phoenix Art Museum this year dedicated a gallery to solely exhibit Sikh art on an ongoing basis.

Made possible through a generous gift from Dr. Parvinderjit Singh Khanuja, the Sing, Kaur Khanuja, Singh and Kaur Sikh Art Gallery was dedicated and opened in April of 2017. The inaugural exhibition, “Virtue and Valor: Sikh Art and Heritage,” is on view through Nov. 5 at the museum, 1625 N. Central Ave. Entry is free with regular museum admission.

Dr. Janet Baker, curator of Asian Art, will discuss selected works from 12-12:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 6, focusing in particular on portraits of the Sikh Gurus and images of The Golden Temple, with an insight into connections between Sikhism and Tibetan Buddhism. Free with regular museum admission. Stick around afterward for an optional $18 cash (tax and gratuity included) no-host lunch at Palette following the talk.

To RSVP for the luncheon, e-mail info@asianartscouncil.org.

 

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