India's Subterranean Stepwells: Photographs by Victoria Lautman

  • through October 20, 2019
  • Fowler Museum at UCLA, Los Angeles
This exhibition of 48 photographs of monumental water storage systems in India called stepwells— also called, in various parts of the country, baolis, vavs and kunds—reveals magnificient inverted constructions, from three to 13 stories deep, that extend down to the water tables. Villagers, religious pilgrims and transient traders once descended into the stepwells to find clean water as well as a cool and quiet reprieve from the heat above. Lautman first encountered these architectural marvels 30 years ago and has since documented more than 200 sites—some preserved as heritage sites and some restored as functioning community wells and active shrines, while others remain forgotten and derelict.

Tutankhamun: Treasures of the Golden Pharaoh
Tutankhamun: Treasures of the Golden Pharaoh
November 2, 2019 through May 3, 2020
Victoria Lautman
Chand Baori, built circa 800 with an 18th-century addition. Abhaneri, Rajasthan, 2014, digital print.

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