• Next CAIS Event
    Saturday, January 09, 2016, 3:00pm, Museum Rotunda14-01-Marika153Marika Sardar, Ph.D.,
    Associate Curator of Southern Asian and Islamic Art,
    San Diego Museum of Art
    Join Curator, Marika Sardar as she gives a private tour of the exhibition, “The Art of Music.” This show presents a multifaceted and culturally diverse exploration of the intersection between music and art, with over 200 works of art including paintings, sculptures, textiles, musical instruments, as well as examples of contemporary video and sound art. The tour will focus on the examples of Indian art in the exhibition, and especially the wonderful paintings from the Edwin Binney 3rd Collection. (Limited to first 25 who register)
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Board members have a passion for the Edwin Binney 3rd Collection at The San Diego Museum of Art. Board members arrange lectures, raise funds, conduct an art appreciation contest for high school students, visit exhibitions of interest and support Indian art conservation. Click to see the Board.

Who We Are

The Committee for the Arts of the Indian Subcontinent (CAIS) is an important forum for the exploration, appreciation, and enjoyment of a vast array of art forms from the Indian subcontinent. Committee members have a unique opportunity to support the development of the arts of the Indian Subcontinent centered around the San Diego Museum of Art’s world-renowned and comprehensive Edwin Binney 3rd Collection of paintings, manuscripts and sculptures. The CAIS supports the Museum’s vision of connecting people to art by creating awareness of the culture and arts of the Indian subcontinent in the greater San Diego area’s community.

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Edwin Binney 3rd Collection with Worldwide Acclaim

The Museum’s Edwin Binney 3rd Collection has over 1,450 paintings and is one of the finest and most comprehensive collections of South Asian paintings outside of India. The collection surveys every major school of South Asian painting from Buddhist palm leaf manuscripts of the 12th century to 19th century images from colonial India. The collection has remarkable holdings of minatures made for the Mughal, Deccani, Rajasthani, and Pahari courts from the 15th to the 19th centuries as well as Sikh and Hindu religious themes.

Heir to the Crayola Crayon fortune, Edwin Binney 3rd studied at Harvard University where he was awarded a Ph.D. in Romance languages. He served as a member of the Museum’s Board of Trustees and maintained an office in the Museum’s library where he carried out research on the paintings. He left his collection to San Diego Museum of Art, and the works became part of the Museum’s permanent collection. More on Binney …