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The Detroit Institue of Arts Presents "Devi: The Great Goddess"

Sunday, April 13, 2003

Hindu Goddess the Subject of Talk by Renowned Expert

An illustrated lecture entitled “Devi: The Great Goddess” will be given as part of the Detroit Institute of Arts’ (DIA) Weekends at Two program.

Devi, whose name means “goddess,” is the Divine Mother of the Hindu world, or “Mother Goddess,” meaning she is the mother of all. She has many forms or incarnations. Her most familiar forms are ferocious, such as Durga and Kali, or benevolent, such as Parvati. In the form of Parvati, she is the consort of Shiva, the god of destruction and regeneration. The lecture explores some of the goddess’s most important manifestations.

Dr. Vidya Dehejia, Barbara Stoler Miller professor of Indian and South Asian Art at Columbia University, and specialist on Devi. She is the author of 20 books, including Devi: The Great Goddess: Female Divinity in South Asian Art. Dehejia draws on an intimate knowledge of India's cultures, languages, religions and history to pursue a contextual study of art, artists, patrons and priests.

Sunday, April 13, 2 p.m.

Rackham Memorial Lecture Hall
60 Farnsworth Street, Detroit (opposite the DIA’s Farnsworth Street entrance)


10 a.m.–4 p.m. Wednesdays and Thursdays; 10 a.m.–9 p.m. Fridays;
10 a.m.–5 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays.

Sponsored by the Friends of Asian Art, a DIA auxiliary.

Programs are made possible with support from the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs and the City of Detroit.

Editors Note: An image of the DIA’s sculpture of Parvati, a manifestation of Devi, is available upon request.