Lecture by Melissa Kerin, Interpretations of a Tibetan Buddhist Temple

News item posted on: November 16th, 2009
Interpretations of a Tibetan Buddhist Temple:
An Art Historical and Ethnographic Analysis

By Melissa Kerin, Visiting Scholar and Assistant Professor, College of William and Mary

Ellen Bayard Weedon Lectures in the Arts of Asia presents:
Following completion of her Ph.D. at the University of Pennsylvania in 2008, Melissa Kerin received a Mellon/ACLS Recent Doctoral Recipients Fellowship to continue her research on West Tibet’s late medieval painting traditions. While documenting and analyzing the art and architecture of the Tibetan cultural zone, Kerin pays particular attention to socio-political and aesthetic interactions between Tibet and its neighboring areas of India, Nepal, and China. Within this geographic scope, much of her published and current work relates to thematic issues of reuse, appropriation, memory, and replication. Kerin’s most recent publication is a catalogue entitled Artful Beneficence: Selections from the David R. Nalin Himalayan Art Collection (Rubin Museum of Art, 2009). For the current academic year, Kerin is a Visiting Scholar and Assistant Professor at the College of William and Mary, where she is teaching courses on Indian, Nepalese, and Tibetan art history.

With the generous support of the Ellen Bayard Weedon Foundation, the Museum presents four lectures on South and East Asian art each year.