The first of nine (9!) lectures relating to the stellar-looking, envy-inspiring, and (since I’ve compelled nearby friends to go take a very close look on my behalf), apparently gorgeous exhibit, Gods of Angkor: Bronzes from the National Museum of Cambodia. This exhibit ends in January 2011, so go there now!
If you can’t, thank the gods of Angkor for the internet (I imagine they would have named the internet after the “Net of Indra,” giving rise to the near-alternative universe name, The Indranet, but I digress…): you get to see the lectures on youtube, as they emerge.
The first lecture, which begins after a lovely introduction by Louise Cort, the Director of Ceramics at the Freer and Sackler Galleries, and somewhat more to the point, the Co-curator of this exhibit, at the 5’55 mark, is by John Guy, Curator of South and Southeast Asian Art at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and titled “Golden Towers: Reconstructing the Lost Ornamentation of Angkor, Freer and Sackler.” And thanks to the Indranet, it is embedded below:
Director Cort has made the immediately forthcoming lecture series titles available; I sure hope as many people see these in person as possible! The full announcement is reprinted after the jump…
The lecture series “Aspects of Angkor,” organized in conjunction with the Sackler Gallery’s exhibition Gods of Angkor: Bronzes from the National Museum of Cambodia, continues this
Saturday, 14 August, with
Divine Dwellings: The Architectural Context of Khmer Sculpture
Freer Gallery of Art, Meyer Auditorium, 2 PM
Independent scholar Helen Jessup examines Khmer temples in an effort to restore the relationship between Cambodian statuary and the sacred spaces for which it was originally created.
Future lectures in this series will be:
“The Small Citadel”: Reconstructing the Ruined Buddhist Complex of Banteay Chhmar
Sunday 24 October, 2 PM
Buildings archaeologist Olivier Cunin demonstrates how he uses 3D computer graphic techniques to reconstruct the ruins of a major Angkorian site.
Linking Prehistoric and Historic Archaeology in Early Vietnam – Trading Communities and the Emergence of Champa
Saturday 30 October, 2 PM
Ian Glover, emeritus reader in Southeast Asian archaeology, University College, London, addresses the enduring challenge of making connections between the late prehistoric and early historic cultures of Southeast Asia.
Khmer Foundry Traditions: New Observations
Saturday 30 October, 3 PM
Emma Bunker, research associate, Denver Art Museum, draws on evidence from present-day Cambodian bronze casters to propose how bronze workshops operated during the Angkor period.
All the lectures will be posted on the Freer and Sackler’s YouTube page. The first lecture in the series, Golden Towers: Reconstructing the lost ornamentation of Angkor, by John Guy, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, is now viewable athttp://www.youtube.com/user/FreerSackler.
The exhibition Gods of Angkor continues at the Sackler Gallery through 23 January 2011, then travels to the Getty Museum.