Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Exhibit of Kashmiri Art Opens at Chicago's Block Museum

EVANSTON NOW
By Northwestern News
Ivory figures carved in the 8th century in Kashmir included in the Block exhibit.
ILLINOIS---What is the impact when one culture acquires the sacred objects of another? The Mary and Leigh Block Museum of Art at Northwestern University is putting that question under the microscope this winter with the exhibition “Collecting Paradise: Buddhist Art of Kashmir and Its Legacies” opening on Tuesday. Free and open to the public through April 12, the main gallery exhibition takes a penetrating look at how Buddhist art from Kashmir and the Western Himalayas has traveled across centuries and borders -- first within the region and later to the U.S. and Europe -- raising questions about cultural impact and the varying motivations behind modes of collecting. [link]