February 19, 2020

Wen-shing Chou on Teaching Buddhist Art Using Museum and Gallery Collections

In this episode, Sarah Richardson talks with Wen-shing Chou, Associate Professor of Art History at Hunter College in New York, where she specializes in the art of China and the Himalaya.

Sarah and Wen-shing discuss digital photography projects such as the Dunhuang Cave Foundation’s work with preserving and digitally archiving the contents of each cave, and they talk about taking students to see Buddhist art in galleries and museums in New York City during Asia Week.

Resources mentioned

Wen-shing Chou, Mount Wutai: Visions of a Sacred Buddhist Mountain, Princeton University Press, 2018 https://press.princeton.edu/our-authors/chou-wen-shing

Her book received an honorable mention for the AAS Levenson prize: https://www.asianstudies.org/aas-2020-prizes/

Digital Dunhuang: https://www.e-dunhuang.com/index.htm (register to see virtual caves in high-resolution)

For manuscripts, paintings, textiles and artifacts from Dunhuang, see International Dunhuang Project website: http://idp.bl.uk/idp.a4d

For an archive of photographs, rare books, and other materials on the Silk Road, see http://dsr.nii.ac.jp/

See show notes at http://teachingbuddhism.net/wen-shing-chou/.


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