July 1, 2021—This week, the Kimbell Art Museum launches programming that explores cultural perspectives, religious practices and regional histories related to artworks on view in the special exhibition Buddha, Shiva, Lotus, Dragon: The Mr. and Mrs. John D. Rockefeller 3rd Collection at Asia Society.  

In collaboration with local businesses such as Tokyo Café and Elemental Yoga, the Kimbell debuts a lineup of exciting events and activities for people of all ages to enjoy at the museum or at home. These programs encourage participants to further explore the rich cultures represented by artworks in the exhibition, celebrating how they connect with our everyday lives, whether it be through community, fitness or food.

“Consistent with the Rockefellers’ vision, our public programs aim to strengthen cross-cultural understanding through encounters with masterpieces of Asian art,” says Connie Hatchette Barganier, education manager.

Participants can enjoy guided meditations, Indian dance videos, origami lessons and more. Details are available on the Buddha, Shiva, Lotus, Dragon exhibition page and the online calendar, kimbellart.org/calendar.

Buddha, Shiva, Lotus, Dragon: The Mr. and Mrs. John D. Rockefeller 3rd Collection is on view now through September 5. Admission to the special exhibition is $18 for adults, $16 for seniors and students, $14 for ages 6–11 and free for children under 6. Admission is half-price all day on Tuesdays and after 5 p.m. on Fridays. Admission to the permanent collection is always free.




Kevin Martinez, Tokyo Café

Hao Tran, The Table Fort Worth

Johnny Vinaithong, Boun Bistro

Filmed in the Kimbell’s Noguchi Courtyard, local chefs prepare classic Asian dishes inspired by Buddha, Shiva, Lotus, Dragon in the three-part series “Culinary Connections.”



Anuradha Naimpally, Austin Dance India

Anuradha Naimpally performs three classical Indian dances that celebrate Hindu deities represented in the exhibition and provides brief commentary to explain the significance of certain gestures and choreography.



Tamara Nishida of Genjikai Karate, Tai Chi, and Qi Gong

Michael and Brynn Dardanes, Elemental Yoga

Elyse Sullivan, Blue Morpho Yoga

Gabrielle Douglas, Gabby’s Zen Space

Lauren Wessinger, The Mindful Project

In celebration of the special exhibition Buddha, Shiva, Lotus, DragonSoul Saturdays explores mind, body and soul during free, all-levels Tai Chi & Qi Gong, yoga and guided meditation classes. Space is limited.



Please visit kimbellart.org/calendar for registration details. Space is limited; reservations are required.


Soul Saturdays


Tai Chi & Qi Gong

with Tamara Nishida of Genjikai Karate, Tai Chi, and Qi Gong

JULY 3 AND JULY 10, 9–10 a.m.

Yoga with Friends

JULY 17, 9–10 a.m.: Elyse Sullivan, Blue Morpho Yoga

JULY 24, 9–10 a.m.: Gabrielle Douglas, Gabby’s Zen Space

JULY 31, 9–10 a.m.: Lauren Wessinger, The Mindful Project

Guided Meditation

with Michael and Brynn Dardanes, Elemental Yoga

SATURDAYS, AUGUST 7 AND 21, 10:30–11:15 a.m.


Virtual Summer Art Adventures

SATURDAY, JULY 10, 10 a.m.


Free online program; check website for registration information and details.

Tune in for creative explorations inspired by rich cultural traditions from across India, China, Japan, Korea and beyond! These virtual offerings for families will feature art-making guides, live family programming and engaging videos from artists and performers. 

Free art kits are available for the first 200 families. All art kits must be picked up from the Kimbell between Tuesday, July 6, and Saturday, July 10. Please CLICK HERE to sign up.

Dual Language Story Time 

Gather ’round for our Facebook Live story time with Ms. Asami! Today’s presentation features The Water Dragon: A Chinese Legend, by Li Jian.

Facebook Live at 10 a.m.

Create: Henna-Inspired Designs

Guest artist Abhidnya Ghuge demonstrates how to create hand silhouettes with henna-inspired patterns.

Video premieres at 10:30 a.m.

Performance: Ganapati Om Jaya

Experience Bharata Natyam, one of the oldest classical dance traditions in India, featuring Austin-based choreographer-dancer Anuradha Naimpally.

Video premieres at 11 a.m.



The Kimbell Art Museum, owned and operated by the Kimbell Art Foundation, is internationally renowned for both its collections and its architecture. The Kimbell’s collections range in period from antiquity to the 20th century and include European masterpieces by artists such as Fra Angelico, Michelangelo, Caravaggio, Bernini, Velázquez, Monet, Cézanne, Picasso and Matisse; important collections of Egyptian and classical antiquities; and the art of Asia, Africa and the Ancient Americas.

The museum’s 1972 building, designed by the American architect Louis I. Kahn, is widely regarded as one of the outstanding architectural achievements of the modern era. A second building, designed by Italian architect Renzo Piano, opened in 2013 and now provides space for special exhibitions, dedicated classrooms and a 289-seat auditorium with excellent acoustics for music. For more information, visit kimbellart.org.


Buddha, Shiva, Lotus, Dragon: The Mr. and Mrs. John D. Rockefeller 3rd Collection at Asia Society is co-organized by the American Federation of Arts and Asia Society Museum.

The national tour of the exhibition is supported in part by a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts.

This exhibition is supported by an indemnity from the Federal Council on the Arts and the Humanities. 

Promotional support is provided by American Airlines, NBC 5 and PaperCity.



Download the Buddha, Shiva, Lotus, Dragon press kit here.


For more information, contact [email protected].