From Artifact to Art:Tibetan Paintings from the Himalayan Hills


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  • Host Department: Center for South Asian Studies (CSAS)
  • Date: 03/30/2013
  • Time: 9:00 AM - 12:30 PM

  • Location: Helmut Stern Auditorium, University of Michigan Museum of Art 525 S. State Street, Ann Arbor

  • Description:

    Held in conjunction with the UMMA exhibition “Buddhist Thangkas and Treasures: The Walter Koelz Collection, Museum of Anthropology”, this one-day gathering brings together specialists on Tibetan Buddhist art and material culture to explore the history of collecting of Tibetan Art, including the Koelz Collection featured in the exhibition, and the role and significance of paintings and other objects in Tibetan Buddhism.  

    9:00: Welcome, Donald S. Lopez, Jr.
    9:15:     The University of Michigan Himalayan Expedition of Walter N. Koelz.  Carla M. Sinopoli, University of Michigan
    9:45:  Walter Koelz’s Collecting Practices in Ladakh and Zangkskar: The View from 80 Years On. Rob Linrothe, Northwestern University
    10:15-10:45     Break
    10:45: Banners and Botany: Walter Koelz and the Urusvati Himalayan Research Institute. T. Joseph Leach, University of Michigan
    11:15: “An Instrument for Curing Madness”: Walter Asboe’s Collecting Activities in the Western Himalayas, 1921-1947. Clare Harris, University of Oxford
    11:45-12:30  Discussion Chaired by Donald S. Lopez, Jr., University of Michigan
    2:30-4:00 Curators Tour “Buddhist Thangkas  and Treasure: The Walter Koelz Collection, Museum of Anthropology.  Taubman Gallery, 2nd Floor, University of Michigan, Museum of Art.

    Sponsored by:  Museum Studies Program, The Center for South Asian Studies, University of Michigan Museum of Art, Museum of Anthropology, College of Literature, Science and the Arts, Rackham Graduate School, International Institute, Institute for the Humanities