Sunday, July 28, 2024 - 5:00pm
Gladys Gracy Harn Exhibition Hall in the Barn Museum of Art

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Gateway to Himalayan Art introduces the main forms, concepts, meanings, and religious traditions of Himalayan art with objects from the collection of the Rubin Museum of Art, New York. A large multimedia map at the start of the exhibition orients viewers to the greater Himalayan region, which encompasses Indian, Nepalese, Bhutanese, and Tibetan cultures as well as interrelated Mongolian and Chinese traditions. Gateway invites exploration of these diverse cultural spheres through exemplary objects presented in three thematic sections: Symbols and Meanings, Materials and Technologies, and Living Practices. It also includes voices from Himalayan artists and contemporaries, along with connections to related digital content to learn more.

Featuring about 110 works of art from the Rubin Museum of Art, this exhibition—in addition to historical works such as sculptures, paintings, manuscripts and ritual implements—further integrates first-person perspectives from specialists and practitioners from Himalayan communities and commissions from contemporary artists to reveal the continuous use of distinct materials and techniques in contemporary cultural practices and community celebrations.

This traveling exhibition is organized and provided by the Rubin Museum of Art and curated by Senior Curator of Himalayan Art Elena Pakhoutova. Gateway to Himalayan Art is an integral component of the Rubin Museum’s Project Himalayan Art, a three–part initiative that also includes the publication Himalayan Art in 108 Objects and a digital platform. Together they provide introductory resources for learning about and teaching Himalayan art.

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