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.