January 22, 2022–May 8, 2022
University Teaching Gallery, Harvard Art Museums
Drawn from the museums’ rich Asian art collections, this installation complements a Harvard undergraduate course that explores the art of the Himalayan region, focusing on the major cultural centers such as the Kathmandu Valley and Buddhist sites across the Tibetan plateau, while examining the history of reception and imagination of the Himalayas in the west. The course is taught by Jinah Kim, George P. Bickford Professor of Indian and South Asian Art. In addition to displaying painted scrolls that pictorialize Buddhist teaching and methods for tantric visualization, the installation includes a group of objects that exemplify the centrality of ritual for both mundane and soteriological gains. Also on view is a set of Chinese paintings dating from the 19th century that depict the installation ceremony of the ninth Dalai Lama.