Dr. Katherine Kasdorf, Associate Curator, Arts of Asia and the Islamic World, Detroit Institute of Arts, will explore many of the contexts to which these yoginis have belonged, from the temple that once enshrined them to the museums where many are now located. The recording includes a lively question and answer session.
Dr. Kasdorf received her Ph.D. in South Asian art history from Columbia University in 2013. At the DIA, she collaborated with colleagues on the reinstallation of the Asian collection, opening new galleries in November 2018. Prior to joining the DIA in 2017, she held a Wieler-Mellon Postdoctoral Curatorial Fellowship at the Walters Art Museum (Baltimore), where she curated the exhibition Ferocious Beauty: Wrathful Deities from Tibet and Nepal and worked on new permanent-collection galleries. She has published articles on architectural reuse in Hindu and Islamic contexts in South Asia, and on works of Tibetan art at the Walters Art Museum. Current projects include research related to the DIA's south Indian yogini sculpture and publications on Hoysala-period (ca. 12th-13th cent.) temples in India's Karnataka state.