Miracle of Beauty: The Transformative Art of Indian Jewelry

May 23, 2024
Delve into the resplendent world of Indian jewelry with Usha Balakrishnan, principal curator of the World Diamond Museum in Mumbai, India. Discover iconic pieces from various regions of India and how form and function harmonize in designs that range from the ceremonial to the everyday. 

Plan Your Visit

  • Included with Museum admission.
  • This lecture takes place in the American General Conference Room in the Beck Building. Seating is available on a first-come, first-served basis.
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About the Speaker
Usha Balakrishnan is an independent scholar of Indian art and culture and a pre-eminent historian of Indian jewelry. Balakrishnan provides curatorial and art advisory services to assist museums, private collectors, and corporate entities in building historic art collections. She pioneered the Brooklyn Museum's Mughal Jewelry project and worked with Sotheby's as an Indian representative for the international auction house.

All Learning and Interpretation programs at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, receive generous support from H-E-B; Institute of Museum and Library Services; Sempra Foundation; the Brown Foundation, Inc.; the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo; the John M. O'Quinn Foundation; the Joe Barnhart Foundation; the Cockrell Family Fund; the CFP Foundation; Macey and Harry Reasoner; the Texas Commission on the Arts; and the Junior League of Houston, Inc.

Endowment funds are provided by the Louise Jarrett Moran Bequest; Caroline Wiess Law; Windgate Foundation; the William Randolph Hearst Foundation; Cyvia and Melvyn Wolff; the National Endowment for the Humanities; the Fondren Foundation; BMC Software, Inc.; the Wallace Foundation; the Neal Myers and Ken Black Children’s Art Fund; the Eleanor and Frank Freed Foundation; Medha and Shashank Karve; Virginia and Ira Jackson; Jesse H. Jones II; the CFP Foundation; the Favrot Fund; gifts in memory of John Wynne; Neiman Marcus Youth Arts Education; gifts in memory of Peter Lotz; and gifts in honor of Beth Schneider.

Visiting the MFAH Permanent Collections is free on Thursdays, courtesy of Shell USA, Inc.


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