Scattered Goddesses unveiling on May 16


HAMILTON — The Colgate Bookstore will host a book launch and discussion with Professor Padma Kaimal, author of the new art history book Scattered Goddesses: Travels with the Yoginis. The event is at 6 p.m. Wednesday, May 16 in the Class of 2003 Events Room (third floor) at 3 Utica St. It is free and open to the public. A book signing will follow.

Scattered Goddesses is about the lost home, the new homes, and the journeys in between of nineteen sculptures from tenth-century South India, that now reside in at least twelve separate museums across North America, Western Europe, and South India. After piecing together what these goddesses and their former companions might have meant when they were together, the book traces them into the hands of private collectors and public museums as these objects became more separated.

Padma Kaimal received a bachelor of arts degree in art history from Swarthmore College in 1979 and a doctor of philosophy from the University of California, Berkeley, in 1988. Since then she has taught courses on the history of Asian art at Colgate University in Hamilton. Her essays have appeared in Third Text, Source, The Art Bulletin, The Journal of the American Academy of Religion, Artibus Asiae, Archives of Asian Art, and Ars Orientalis.