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Saturday University: Connoisseurly Obsessions and Social Collecting

Apr 9 2022

Seattle Asian Art Museum

Emma Baillargeon Stimson Auditorium

10 AM – 11:30 AM

We plan on delivering Saturday University lectures in-person and online this winter! Come back to the auditorium at the Seattle Asian Art Museum or tune in from the comfort of your home via Zoom. There will be a nominal charge ($5) for both in-person and virtual tickets and ticket purchase is required for access to this lecture.

Join Brinda Kumar, Associate Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, for insight into the fascinating origins of a unique collection. Between the 1960s and 1980s, Edwin Binney 3rd amassed one of the most remarkable collections of Indian paintings in North America. The self-described “scholar-collector” built a collection that was as much a result of his connoisseurly ambitions to develop a comprehensive survey of works, as it was a product of the social networks of collecting in which it emerged. Drawing upon research conducted at the San Diego Museum of Art (where the bulk of Binney’s Indian paintings are now to be found), and other archival sources, this lecture will examine the formation of the Binney collection.

Registration for this lecture is a two-step process. After you purchase a ticket, you will receive a confirmation email, which will include the Zoom registration link. Please click the link and fill out the Zoom registration form. Once you have completed this step, Zoom will send a link and a reminder to join the webinar. If you have any trouble with the registration process, please feel free send us an email at In the event that we are unable to offer this program in person due to the ever-changing COVID-19 situation, we will transition to an online only format.



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Saturday University lectures are organized by the Gardner Center for Asian Art and Ideas in collaboration with the Jackson School of International Studies at the University of Washington.
Maharana Bhim Singh frolics with noblemen in the palace pool (detail), Chokha, Indian, (active 1799–1824), 1803, Mewar, Opaque watercolor and gold on paper, 12 25/32 in. x 17 7/8 in. (32.5 cm x 45.4 cm), San Diego Museum of Art (Edwin Binney 3rd Collection), 1990.641

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