JINAH KIM is Professor of History of Art and Architecture at Harvard University where she teaches courses on South and Southeast Asian and Himalayan art. Her first book, Receptacle of the Sacred: Illustrated Manuscripts and the Buddhist book cult in South Asia (University of California Press, 2013) earned AAS Bernard Cohen Prize honorable mention in 2015. Her second monograph, Garland of Visions: Color, Tantra and a Material History of Indian painting (University of California Press, Forthcoming) studies the generative relationship between artistic intelligence and tantric visionary practices in the construction and circulation of visual knowledge in medieval South Asia, by focusing on Indic manuscript painting of the period between 1000–1500 CE. Her on-going research projects concern three main areas: materiality in Indian painting, representation of donors and ritual scenes, and cross-cultural exchanges across Buddhist Asia. Kim is also leading a digital humanities project, Mapping Color in History, which will serve as an online portal and a searchable, open database for research on pigments.

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TODD LEWIS is the Murray Distinguished Professor of Arts and Humanities and Professor of Religion at the College of the Holy Cross. His primary research since 1979 has been on Newar Buddhism in the Kathmandu Valley and the social history of Buddhism. Since completing his Ph.D. (Columbia, 1984), Lewis has authored many articles on the Buddhist traditions of Nepal and the book Popular Buddhist Texts from Nepal: Narratives and Rituals of Newar Buddhism (SUNY Press, 2000). His translation, Sugata Saurabha: A Poem on the Life of the Buddha by Chittadhar Hridaya of Nepal (Oxford 2010), received awards from the Khyentse Foundation and the Numata Foundation as the best book on Buddhism in 2011. Recent books include the co-edited Teaching Buddhism: New Insights on Understanding and Presenting the Traditions (Oxford 2016); Buddhists: Understanding Buddhism Through the Lives of Practitioners (Wiley-Blackwell, 2014), and the co-authored textbook World Religions Today (Oxford, sixth edition, 2017). 


Dharma and Punya: Buddhist Ritual Art of Nepal has been made possible in part by a major grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities: Exploring the human endeavor. Any views, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this exhibition do not necessarily represent those of the National Endowment for the Humanities. www.neh.gov.

Fulbright Program

The Rothenberg Fund for Humanities Research, Harvard University

Provostial Fund for the Arts and Humanities, Harvard University

Department of History of Art & Architecture, Harvard University

The Asian Studies Program, College of the Holy Cross

Provost office, College of the Holy Cross

Center for Religion, Ethics and Culture, College of the Holy Cross

Exhibition Catalog

Dharma and Puṇya: Buddhist Ritual Art of Nepal
Edited by Jinah Kim and Todd Lewis 
(Leiden: Hotei Publishing, 2019)
The catalog will also be available for purchase at the Cantor art gallery during the exhibition.

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About the Cantor Art Gallery

The Iris and B. Gerald Cantor Art Gallery exists to promote and support the intellectual and cultural life of College of the Holy Cross. Through its exhibitions and acquisitions, both historical and contemporary, the Gallery serves as a catalyst for the search for meaning and value in life and history. The Cantor Gallery has special responsibility for integrating the liberal arts values of the College and the classroom by linking exhibitions to the broader curriculum.

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