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Monumental Lhasa Opening Tour

Friday, September 16, 2016
7:30 PM–8:30 PM

Join us for a special exhibition tour on the opening night of Monumental Lhasa: Fortress, Palace, Temple. Explore the exhibition with curator Natasha Kimmet and special guest art historian Brid Arthur. Learn more about key Tibetan monuments and the architectural landmarks that became powerful visual icons of Lhasa, the holy capital of Tibet.


About the Speakers

Natasha Kimmet is a curatorial fellow at the Rubin Museum of Art. She is a PhD candidate in art history at the University of Vienna and a member of the graduate school “Cultural Transfers and Cross-Contacts in the Himalayas.” Her research explores intersections between the material and social dimensions of art, architecture, and use in Tibet and the Himalayas. She earned a MA in the history of art and archaeology from the School of Oriental and African Studies at the University of London, and has recently published articles in Orientations and the anthology Nako: Research and Conservation in the Western Himalayas (Böhlau, 2016).

Brid Arthur is an independent researcher based in California. She holds a PhD in art history from the Ohio State University focused on Tibetan and Buddhist art. Her passion for maps, sacred places, and urban development led to her current research into how Tibet’s most important city, Lhasa, is perceived, experienced, and represented. Her dissertation Envisioning Lhasa: 17th-20th Century Paintings of Tibet’s Sacred City focuses on Tibetan monument paintings.

Image Credit: Lhasa Old Town and Potala, Collection of Anthony and Marie Laure Aris