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- EXHIBIT> "The Newar Craftsmen of Kathmandu Valley: Objects of Devotion from Nepal" at Holy Cross College, Worcester, Massachusetts
- LECTURE SERIES> University of Toronto/McMaster University Numata Program, 2018-19
EXHIBIT> "The Newar Craftsmen of Kathmandu Valley: Objects of Devotion from Nepal" at Holy Cross College, Worcester, Massachusetts
by Todd LewisThe Iris and B. Gerald Cantor Art Gallery at the College of the Holy Cross Exhibition, November 1-December 15:
“The Newar Craftsmen of Kathmandu Valley: Objects of Devotion from Nepal”
Featuring repouseé metal work, lost wax castings, wood carvings, and paintings created by the Newar craftsmen of the Kathmandu Valley, the exhibition is guest curated by James A. Giambrone, an independent scholar and long-time resident of the region. An opening reception will be held on Thurs., Nov. 1 from 5 – 7 p.m., with opening remarks at 5:30 p.m. by Giambrone and Todd Lewis, distinguished professor of arts and humanities, who teaches in the Religious Studies Department at the College.
As contemporary artisans using traditional techniques, the Newars are among the last groups in the world to continue to make devotional art for both Buddhist and Hindu practices following pre-industrial, highly refined artistic traditions, making objects with designs dating back at least a thousand years. The exhibition will feature detailed displays illustrating each step in the creation of metal master works, while also highlighting painting and wood carving. Documentary photographs will also illustrate the visually rich experience of the Newar traditions, while providing cultural context for the objects on display.
Most of the objects are made for household use and in temples by individuals and priests. Through the global diaspora of Hinduism and Buddhism, the craftsmanship of Newar artisans are now represented in sanctuaries, homes, and private collections across the world.
James Giambrone has spent many years studying every aspect of each tradition’s artistic methods, curated displays at the Living Traditions Museum in Kathmandu, and supported the Newar artists through gallery exhibitions.
Scholars, Students, and the General Public are invited. Events are free of charge.
Opening Reception on Thurs., Nov. 1 | Cantor Art Gallery
5 – 7 p.m. Curator’s Remarks: 5:30 p.m.
Gallery Talks by exhibition curator James Giambrone
Tues., Nov. 6, 4 p.m “Metamorphosis: Sheet Metal to Sacred Image in Nepal” . | Cantor Art Gallery
Wed., Nov. 7, 4 p.m. “The Ancient Method of Lost Wax Casting as Practiced by the Newars of Kathmandu Valley” | Cantor Art Gallery
Thurs., Nov. 8, 4 p.m. “Techniques of Antiquity: Traditional Newar Religious Painting in the Kathmandu Valley” | Cantor Art Gallery
Lecture by Todd Lewis, Distinguished Professor of Arts and Humanities
Mon., Nov. 12, 4:30 p.m. “Seeing and Understanding Living Buddhist Arts” | Cantor Art Gallery
A link to the Gallery web site and a full description of the Exhibition, and an image gallery:
by Christoph Emmrich
University of Toronto/McMaster University
Yehan Numata Buddhist Studies Program, 2018-19
RYAN OVERBEY (Skidmore College)
READING GROUP: “The Prototantric Preacher”
THURSDAY, November 1, 2018, 3-5pm, UTSG, JHB 317
LECTURE: Embodying Buddhas, Quelling Demons: Theorizing Presence in Buddhist Studies
FRIDAY, November 2, 2018, 4-6pm, McMaster, University Hall 122
RUTH GAMBLE (Latrobe University)
READING GROUP: “Landscapes” from Reincarnation in Tibetan Buddhism: the Third Karmapa and the Invention of a Tradition
THURSDAY, December 6, 2018, 3-5pm, UTSG, JHB 317
LECTURE: An Invitation from the Guardians of the Earth: the Relationship between Reincarnation, Sacred Geography and Nature on the Tibetan Plateau
FRIDAY, December 7, 2018, 4-6pm, McMaster, University Hall 122
SUSAN ANDREWS (Mount Allison University)
READING GROUP: “Women at Northern Dynasties Mount Wutai”
THURSDAY, January 31, 2019, 3-5 pm, UTSG, JHB 319
LECTURE: More than Donors and Pilgrims: the Economics of Lay Religious Life at Early Mount Wutai
FRIDAY, February 1, 2019, 4-6 pm, McMaster, University Hall 122
ANUPAMA RAO (Columbia University)
READING GROUP: B. R. Ambedkar's "Buddha or Karl Marx"
THURSDAY, February 7, 2019, 4-6pm, McMaster, University Hall 122
LECTURE: Ambedkar, Buddha, and Marx… Again
FRIDAY, February 8, 2019, 4-6pm, UTSG, Munk School, N208
HELMUT TAUSCHER (Universität Wien)
LECTURE: Kanjur Collections from Tibet's Southern and Western Borderlands
THURSDAY, March 28, 2019, 3-5 pm, UTSG, JHB 317
READING GROUP: “The Early Mustang Kanjur and Its Descendents” and “Chinese Whispers”
FRIDAY, March 29, 2019, 4-6 pm, McMaster, University Hall 122
FELICITY AULINO (University of Massachusetts)
READING GROUP: “Cultures of Belief: Ghosts, the Christian God, and an Abhidhammic Theory of Mind in Northern Thailand”
THURSDAY, April 4, 2019, 4-6 pm, McMaster, University Hall 122
LECTURE: Providing for Others: Care and Karmic Politics in Northern Thailand
FRIDAY, April 5, 2019, 3-5 pm, UTSG, JHB 317
The venues specified are the Jackman Humanities Building (JHB) at the University of Toronto St. George Campus (UTSG), Toronto, ON, and University Hall at McMaster University, Hamilton, ON, Canada.
For questions please contact Christoph Emmrich at email@example.com.
Associate Professor, Buddhist Studies
Chair, Numata Program UofT/McMaster
University of Toronto
Director, Centre for South Asian Studies
at the Asian Institute, Munk School of Global Affairs and Public Policy
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