Visions and Revisions: Behind the Scenes of Revealing Krishna

November 17, 2021 6:00 p.m.
Gartner Auditorium & Virtual

Science, innovation, and digital technologies were integral to the development of the unprecedented exhibition Revealing Krishna: Journey to Cambodia’s Sacred Mountain at the Cleveland Museum of Art. 

Hear how curators, conservators, engineers, physicists, materials scientists, and leaders in the field of technology and digital imaging worked together to understand and convey the form, history, and context of the museum’s monumental sandstone sculpture Krishna Lifting Mount Govardhan.  

Conservator Beth Edelstein and digital prototyping director Ainsley Buckner of Sears think[box] at CWRU discuss how 3-D modeling and printing of the sculpture were used in the conservation process. Curator Sonya Rhie Mace and digital modeling specialist Dale Utt share how they worked together using 3-D models to digitally reconstruct the image of the Cleveland Krishna and virtually install it in its original cave sanctuary. Chief digital information officer Jane Alexander and CWRU professor of radiology Mark Griswold detail how digital innovations, including high-resolution holograms, allow visitors to effectively experience the sculpture’s story.

Free, in-person or virtual attendee tickets required. 


Beth Edelstein, Objects Conservator, The Cleveland Museum of Art 

Ainsley Buckner, Director of Prototyping, Art, and Community Engagement at Sears think[box], Case Western Reserve University   

Sonya Rhie Mace, George P. Bickford Curator of Indian and Southeast Asian Art, The Cleveland Museum of Art 

Dale Utt III, Digital Artist, Owner, True Edge Archive 

Jane Alexander, Chief Digital Information Officer, The Cleveland Museum of Art 

Mark Griswold, Faculty Director at the Interactive Commons, The Pavey Family Designated Professor of Innovative Imaging, and Professor of Radiology, Case Western Reserve University  

The exhibition is organized in cooperation with the Ministry of Culture and Fine Arts of the Government of the Kingdom of Cambodia and in collaboration with the National Museum of Cambodia, the École française d’Extrême-Orient, and the Musée national des arts asiatiques–Guimet.

Principal support is provided by Rebecca and Irad Carmi, Mary Lynn Durham and William Roj, and the Rajadhyaksha Family and DLZ Corporation. Major support is provided by Raj and Karen Aggarwal, the E. Rhodes and Leona B. Carpenter Foundation, and the Eugene V. and Clare E. Thaw Charitable Trust. Additional support is provided by DLR Group | Westlake Reed Leskosky, Carl T. Jagatich, the John D. Proctor Foundation, Mr. and Mrs. Paul E. Westlake Jr., and in memory of Dr. Norman Zaworski, MD. Generous support is provided by Dr. Michael and Mrs. Catherine Keith.

The Official Technology Partner is Microsoft.

This exhibition is supported in part by the National Endowment for the Arts.

All exhibitions at the Cleveland Museum of Art are underwritten by the CMA Fund for Exhibitions. Generous annual support is provided by Dr. Ben H. and Julia Brouhard, Mr. and Mrs. Walter R. Chapman Jr., Janice Hammond and Edward Hemmelgarn, Eva and Rudolf Linnebach, William S. and Margaret F. Lipscomb, Tim O’Brien and Breck Platner, Anne H. Weil, and the Womens Council of the Cleveland Museum of Art.

We recognize Dr. Gregory M. Videtic and Mr. Christopher R. McCann, who are graciously linked to this exhibition through the Leadership Circle.

Major support for the restoration of Krishna Lifting Mount Govardhan is provided by Bank of America.