Published: April 14, 2014

This Thursday, the Center for Asian Studies invites the Ariana Maki, Associate Curator of Asian Art at the CU Art Museum, to present at the second-to-last Luncheon Series event of the year.

In this presentation, entitled "Temple Art and Authority in Early Modern Bhutan," Maki will discuss her research on Bhutanese temple art. How did Bhutanese Buddhist masters use art and imagery to support their claims to legitimacy?  In what ways did (and do) mural programs contribute to a viewer’s understanding of ritual practices, local and regional identities, and religious authority? Based on field research in Bhutan, this talk will briefly explore the iconographic programs of a few key sites in Bhutan, highlighting the ways in which paintings of particular practices, deities, and historical figures made clear and deliberate claims to power, lineage and legitimacy both within Himalayan Buddhist religious traditions and the larger socio-political context.

This Luncheon Series event will be held on Thursday, April 17, at 12:00 p.m. in the CAS Conference Room at 1424 Broadway on the CU-Boulder campus (two doors down from Starbucks at University and Broadway). Lunch will be provided for attendees.