Art & Art History Lecture: Janice Leoshko, 2019-20 NEH Visiting Professor

Saving and Destroying Images: the Case of the Bamiyan Buddhas and Sri Lanka

There has been much hand-wringing about the
Taliban’s destruction in 2001 of the gigantic
Buddha figures at Bamiyan, Afghanistan, but
rarely has this led to serious probing of the causes
and the consequences. This talk considers the
wide-ranging ramifications since, affecting even
citizens of Sri Lanka. Dr. Janice Leoshko is an
Associate Professor in the Department of Art and
Art History and Associate Director of the Center
for Asian Studies at The University of Texas at
Austin. Before her appointment at UT, she was
the Associate Curator of Indian and Southeast
Asian Art at the Los Angeles County Museum of
Art. Her research focuses on assumptions about
the historical importance and artistic production
at Bodhgaya, the Indian site where the Buddha
achieved enlightenment. Leoshko was the first
director of UT’s graduate program in museum
studies and has organized major programs for
UT’s South Asia Institute. Her publications include
various articles on Indian sculpture as well as a
chapter for Romance of the Taj Mahal, the catalogue
for a major exhibition she co-curated and
Bodhgaya, the Site of Enlightenment.

Wednesday, November 13, 2019 at 4:30pm

Little Hall, 105, Golden Auditorium


Academics, Arts, Arts and Humanities

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