Gateway to Himalayan Art introduces viewers to the main forms, concepts, meanings, and traditions of Himalayan art represented in the collection of the Rubin Museum of Art, New York.  The exhibition opens with a large multimedia map that highlights regions of the diverse Himalayan cultural sphere, including parts of present-day India, China, Nepal, Bhutan, and Mongolia. Gateway invites you to explore exemplary objects from the Rubin's collection, organized and presented in thematic sections: Symbols and Meanings, Materials and Technologies, and Living Practices and Wellbeing.  In addition to sculptures and paintings, objects such as a stupa, prayer wheel, and ritual implements demonstrate how patrons sought the accumulation of merit and hoped for wealth, long life, and spiritual gains, all to be fulfilled through the ritual use of these objects and commissioning works of art.  Elsewhere, medical instruments and related paintings address the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of sickness.  Among the featured installations are a display that details the technical process of Nepalese lost-wax metal casting and a presentation of the stages of Tibetan hanging scroll painting (thangka).  The exhibition is curated by Elena Pakhoutova.  

 

Exhibition is co-sponsored by the Lehigh University Office of International Affairs, the Asian Studies Program at Lehigh, and the Department of Religious Studies.

The exhibition is organized by the Rubin Museum of Art, New York as part of its initiative Project Himalayan Art
The generous supporters of Project Himalayan Art include:
Leadership support for Project Himalayan Art is provided by the Henry Luce Foundation.
Lead support is provided by the Ellen Bayard Weedon Foundation, Bob and Lois Baylis, the E. Rhodes & Leona B. Carpenter Foundation, Fred Eychaner, Christopher J. Fussner, Matt and Ann Nimetz, and Shelley and Donald Rubin.
Major support is provided by Noah P. Dorsky, Mimi Gardner Gates, the Monimos Foundation, Eric and Alexandra Schoenberg and Sandy Song Yan.
Special Support is provided by:
Dr. Bibhakar Sunder Shakya, to honor the memory and legacy of Professor Dina Bangdel, art historian, curator, cultural activist, and educator from Nepal.
Samphe and Tenzin Lhalungpa, to honor the memory and works of L.P. Lhalungpa, Tibetan scholar, broadcaster, and educator.
This project is supported in part by the National Endowment for the Arts.
Project Himalayan Art has been made possible in part by a major grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities: Democracy demands wisdom.