June 14, 2023 6:00pm

Curatorial Tour of Alchi: Visions of Enlightenment Exhibition with Jeff Watt (2 sessions)

Jeff Watt



Wednesday, June 14
Thursday, June 22
Note: You can attend either one or both sessions

Suggested donation: $10, $20 | In Person

Join us for two extraordinary evenings with Jeff Watt, a leading scholar of Himalayan Art and founding curator at the Rubin Museum of Art (RMA) in New York City, to discuss the iconography in Peter Van Hamā€™s monumental photographs of Alchi Monastery, currently on immersive display in the Tibet House Gallery.Ā 

The Alchi murals are a part of the main features of the cultural heritage of Ladakh, and the complex of monastic temples with breathtakingly preserved art from the 11th centuries have become a significant tourist destination. Combined with the brilliant colors and complex iconography datingĀ  back to the 10th-11th centuries, the incredibly well preserved Alchi murals have become world famous for their exceedingly rich detail, bright colors, and exemplary execution, as well as their colorful historical documentation of the jataka tales (stories of the Buddhaā€™s past lives), monumental mandalas and iconographic depictions of major Buddhist deities created by teams of master artisans.

Choosing specific aspects of the exhibition, Jeff will give a guided tour discussing the technical skill, taste, and finesse of the Alchi artists: the shading of a skin portion of a large figure, miniature-like attendants, the variant and multicolored outlines of a cloth design and its combination of colors, the elegant twist of energy rays emanating from a deity, the delicate line of attributes held by small depictions of Bodhisattvas in mandalas are painted (seemingly executed with single-haired brushes), the abundant jewelry, or the decorative elements such as volutes, borders, and floral structures.Ā 

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Free June 14, Free June 22, $10 June 14, $10 June 22, $20 June 14, $20 June 22, June 14 and June 22 $20, June 14 and June 22 $40


Jeff Watt is one of the leading scholars on Tibetan art and iconography, and since 1998 has been the Director and Chief Curator of the Himalayan Art Resources (HAR) website, a comprehensive on-line resource for Himalayan art and iconography that features thousands of artworks from Tibet, Nepal, Bhutan, and Mongolia with a catalog of about 60,000 images. Watt is also aĀ founding Curator and leading scholar at the Rubin Museum.

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