Gateway to Himalayan Art: Educator Resources


Lehigh University Art Galleries (LUAG) is proud to host the first stop for a national tour of masterpieces from the Rubin Museum of Art. The exhibition Gateway to Himalayan Art, introduces viewers to the main forms, concepts, meanings, and traditions of the diverse Himalayan cultural sphere, including parts of present-day India, China, Nepal, Bhutan, and Mongolia. The exhibition is organized and presented in thematic sections: Symbols and Meanings, Materials and Technologies, and Living Practices and Wellbeing. It comes with extensive teaching modules and online resources, to make it easy for faculty in any discipline to connect this incredible resource to class curriculum and syllabi, whether or not someone specializes in Asia or art history.

The exhibition is curated by Elena Pakhoutova.

Offered in conjunction with the upcoming exhibition at Lehigh University Art Galleries, the curators at the Rubin Museum of Art are providing a three-part Educator Workshop series that provides an overview of this 3-part initiative: a cross-disciplinary publication, an online platform, and a traveling exhibition, designed to encourage the incorporation of Himalayan, Tibetan, and Inner Asian art and cultures into humanities and liberal arts teaching curricula on Asia in higher education.

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Interested in an individual consultation or assistance with planning your syllabus or lesson plan? We are here to help!
Contact Stacie Brennan, LUAG Curator of Education or Dr. Annabella Pitkin, Director of Asian Studies and Assistant Professor of Religion Studies.  

Stacie Brennan
Curator of Education
Lehigh University Art Galleries

Dr. Annabella Pitkin
Associate Professor of Buddhism / East Asian Religions
Director, Asian Studies Program
Rubin Museum of Art - Traveling Exhibition Faculty Advisory Board Member
(610) 758-3372



Images (left to right):
1. Green Tara; Tibet; ca. 18th century; gilt copper alloy with traces of pigment; Rubin Museum of Art; C 2005.16.46 (HAR 65469); photograph by Gavin Ashworth, Rubin Museum of Art, 2013.
2. Chakrasamvara with Consort Vajravarahi; Kham Province, Eastern Tibet; 19th century; pigments on cloth; Rubin Museum of Art, gift of Shelley & Donald Rubin Foundation; F1997.7.2 (HAR 99); photograph by Gavin Ash worth, Rubin Museum of Art, 2013.
3. Padmasambhava with his Eight Manifestations, Hayag riva, flanked by Yeshe Tsogyel, and Shantarakshita; Tibet; ca. 16th century; copper alloy; Rubin Museum of Art; C2003.51.1 (HAR 65283); photograph by David De Armas, Rubin Museum of Art, 2013.
4. Buddha Shakyamuni; Tibet; 18th century; pigments on cloth; Rubin Museum of Art; C2006.12.3; photograph by David De Armas, Rubin Museum of Art, 2019.
5. Reliquary, Stupa; Tibet; 14th century; copper alloy; Rubin Museum of Art; C2003.12.2 (HAR 65213); Photograph by Bruce M. White, Rubin Museum of Art, 2009.