Maximum India Exhibits at the Kennedy Center


I would classify the Kennedy Center as a performing arts center, not a museum. But during its Maximum India festival earlier this month, exhibits of art and cultural artifacts were present in addition to the several performances that take place every day.

Maximum India featured Indian music, dance, cinema, panelists of authors, and food in the restaurant and cafe. There were also displays of saris, jewelry, and fans; large works of art; a bazaar of crafts; and a children’s area.

Jewelry exhibit

 MEP’s Team FANtastic will appreciate this:

Fan exhibit

After viewing the exhibits, I saw a literature panel with Salman Rushdie and Nayantara Sahgal, moderated by Ahdaf Soueif:

Ahdaf Soueif, Nayantara Sahgal, and Salman Rushdie

I love to go to museums to see exhibits, performing arts centers to see music and dance, and bookstores to see authors speak. And I love it when collaborations or large-scale festivals allow these venues to step outside their primary focus and offer programming whose whole is more than the sum of the parts.

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About Laura

Paralegal with Master of Arts in Teaching in Museum Education, frequent museum visitor, based in Washington, DC. I care about what museums can do, both in terms of public offerings and internal practices, to make the world a better place. I blog about museum education ("informed"), the social work of museums ("humane"), and visitor experience ("citizenry").
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