Brooklyn-based artist Chitra Ganesh’s depiction of Kali, entitled “Eyes of Time,” shows a handless clock in place of her face and depicts Kali with three legs, three breasts and six arms.
Hindu statesman Rajan Zed in a statement said that the “goddess Kali was highly revered in Hinduism and was meant to (be) worshipped in temples or home shrines and not to be thrown around loosely in re-imagined versions for dramatic effects on museum walls. Such absurd depiction of goddess Kali with no scriptural backing was hurtful to the devotees.”
Zed, who also the president of Universal Society of Hinduism, said he hopes to see the museum remove the piece.
Brooklyn Museum chose not to make any comment on the matter.
According to the description by assistant curator Saisha Grayson, “Ganesh’s evocative and surreal juxtapositions rework the shared cultural fantasies to allow for new readings of the past and alternative visions of the future.”
The exhibit runs from December 12 through July 12 at the Elizabeth A. Sackler Center for Feminist Art Herstory Gallery on the 4th Floor of the museum, located at 200 Eastern Parkway.