Installing India’s Fabled City

India’s Fabled City: The Art of Courtly Lucknow opens to the public this Sunday (Thursday if you’re a member), and we’ve gotten a sneak peek into the installation of this massive show. The exhibition features roughly 200 objects–paintings, costumes, jewelry, weapons, decorative arts, glassware, and more–made in this artistic capital during the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. The sheer number and diversity of objects means that our curators, conservators, registrars, and installation staff had their hands full. Here’s a slice of all they’ve been doing for the past couple of weeks.

Activity in the Lucknow gallery

Co-curator Stephen Markel examines a jewel destined for a display case

Checking it off the list

Out of their crates and into the vitrine

Exhibition designer Victoria Behner consults with co-curator Tushara Bindu Gude


A 360-degree photo of Lucknow, 180 degrees complete

A machine does the heavy lifting

Examining an ornate necklace

Conservators unpack some costumes

...LuckNOW we're ready

Scott Tennent

Photos by Yosi Pozeilov

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