On Sunday, May 19 from 3 to 6 p.m. in Spiro 2, please join the Anthropology Department, the Archaeology Society of Staten Island and the Jacques Marchais Museum of Tibetan Art for “A Day of Buddhist Art, Community and Learning.” The afternoon’s program will include:
- Lecture by Dr. Justin McDaniel of the University of Pennsylvania. “Affixing Gold to Ghosts: An Introduction to Buddhist Art in Gold, Stone, Wood and Plastic.” Traditional research on Buddhist Art has primarily concentrated on the study of Buddhist images, stupas, manuscripts, and murals produced by the elite before the nineteenth century. However, Buddhists in Southeast Asia today interact with Buddhist statues in very different ways.
- Book discussion. Take part in an intimate seminar-style discussion with Dr. McDaniel about his travels in Thailand and his book, “The Lovelorn Ghost and the Magical Monk: Practicing Buddhism in Modern Thailand.”
- Educator’s workshop with Neysela da Silva-Reed, Museum Educator. Neysela da Silva-Reed will work with attendees interested in teaching about topics related to religion and material culture.
- Buddhist Mandala sand art demonstration. Take part in this hands-on project! Work with Meg Ventrudo, curator of the Jacques Marchais Museum of Tibetan Art, to create a one-of-a kind work of art.
For more information and to register, email Sarah Scott.
The event is free and open to the public.