Science of Sacred Art

Thursday, October 4, 2:30 PM - 4:30 PM

McLaren Complex - MC 250


Register by Wednesday, Oct. 3.

This two-day seminar—with lectures, site visits, and receptions—will provide a rare opportunity for hands-on study of the Himalayan thangka. We welcome participation by scholars, artists, museum professionals, art conservators, Buddhist community members, art collectors, and university students. The program will include close study of thangkas with lectures, group discussions, and curated visits to local temples and museums.

The work of art conservator and cultural emissary Ann Shaftel is at the forefront in the field of thangka conservation worldwide. USF will share her over four decades of experience working with museums, as well as the monasteries and repositories of the Himalayan world community. In addition to her conservation practice, Ann is a renowned teacher of international workshops to disseminate knowledge for the conservation of sacred arts in the US, Canada, Europe, Bhutan, Nepal, India and China. Her clients include the Rubin Museum of Art, the Stockholm Museum of Far Eastern Antiquities, the Sven Hedin Collection of Silk Road Thangkas, the American Museum of Natural History, UNESCO, the Government of India, and the Royal Government of Bhutan. She is a Fellow of the American Institute for Conservation, and Fellow of the International Institute for Conservation.

Schedule of Events

Thursday, 10/4/18 
2:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.   Student seminar (McLaren 250)
5:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.   Public Lecture (Fromm Hall, Berman Room)
Friday, 10/5/18 
9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.   Seminar (for registered students) (LM 100)
Saturday, 10/6/18
9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Seminar (for registered students) (Fromm Hall, Maraschi Room)
1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.   KDK temple visit
4:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.   Berkeley Art Museum Visit
6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.   Closing Reception

For more information please contact Professor John Nelson, Register by Wednesday, Oct. 3.