Gods of Angkor: Bronzes from the National Museum of Cambodia
Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC
May 15, 2010 – January 23, 2011
Gods of Angkor presents bronze masterworks from the collection of the National Museum of Cambodia. The first international exhibition to feature the achievements of Khmer bronze casters, it showcases 36 works of religious sculpture and ritual paraphernalia from prehistoric times through the Angkorian period (9th-15th centuries). This exhibition is the result of an ongoing partnership between the Freer and Sackler Galleries and the National Museum. For the past five years, the museums have worked together, with principal funding from the Getty Foundation, to establish a metals conservation laboratory in Cambodia. Gods of Angkor highlights one of the lab’s first projects, the conservation of 7th century Buddhist sculptures, excavated in 2006, which demonstrate the influence of China, India and the Mon-Dvaravati culture of Thailand on early religious imagery in Cambodia. Lectures associated with the exhibit can be viewed on the new Freer Sackler YouTube channel.
Weavers’ Stories from Island Southeast Asia
Fowler Museum at UCLA, Los Angeles, CA
August 1, 2010 – December 12, 2010
With Weavers’ Stories, the Fowler Museum showcases textiles from Southeast Asia alongside the voices of the eight weavers and batik artists who created them. These women tell their stories directly to the museum audience through videos recorded in Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, and East Timor. Each video features an artist speaking about issues of importance to her and about the newly made textiles commissioned for the exhibition. Weavers’ Stories also presents older Southeast Asian textiles from the Fowler’s encyclopedic collection to illustrate the tradition within which each woman works.
The World of Khubilai Khan: Chinese Art in the Yuan Dynasty
Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, NY
September 28, 2010 – January 2, 2011
The World of Khubilai Khan is a major international loan exhibition of the arts and material culture of China during the Yuan dynasty (1271-1368). The exhibition covers the period from the first major incursion by the Mongols into northern China in 1215 (the year Khubilai Khan was born), to the end of the dynasty he founded. The art style that developed during this period is usually associated with modern Chinese cultural forms, from landscape painting to blue-and-white porcelain. The exhibition features over 220 works of art as well as archaeological finds drawn principally from museums in China, with additional loans from Japan, Europe and the United States. Yuan arts have not been featured on this scale at an American museum for many decades, and many of the featured objects are being exhibited in the U.S. for the first time.
Bali: Art, Ritual, Performance
Asian Art Museum, San Francisco, CA
February 25 – September 11, 2011
The first large-scale exhibition solely devoted to Balinese arts and culture in the United States, Bali: Art, Ritual, Performance will showcase approximately 150 artworks drawn from museum collections in the U.S. and the Netherlands and place them in the context of Balinese ritual and performance. Visiting tukang banten (offering makers) will create the ritual offerings central to Balinese religion and society, showing how objects are used in ceremonies and artistic practices. Performances and films encompassing dance, drama, shadow puppetry and music will highlight the ways in which the Balinese integrate art objects, performance and ritual. Visitors will learn not only about Balinese art, history, religious beliefs, and cultural traditions, but also about their integration into daily life. At the same time, the exhibition includes an examination of Bali’s interaction with the West, which has led to artistic collaborations and innovations.