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Bayly Art Museum Presents Weedon Lecture On Angkor Wat Feb. 8

January 18, 2001 -- The University of Virginia’s Bayly Art Museum will sponsor a special public lecture on the famous Cambodian temple complex, Angkor Wat, on Feb 8. The first Ellen Bayard Weedon Lecture in the Arts of Asia for 2001 will bring the noted Southeast Asian art scholar Eleanor Mannika to speak on "Angkor Wat: Architecture for the Gods" at 5:30 p.m. in the School of Architecture, Campbell Hall, Room 153.

For centuries, architecture has been an important means of communication between people and their gods. A most notable example is the 12th century Angkor Wat complex. "In order to create a perfect abode for the sacred presence of divinity," notes Mannika, "the temple must be aesthetically inspirational but also carefully constructed in harmony with the heavens and time cycles."

Mannika is the visual-resources curator and an instructor of Asian art at Trinity University in San Antonio.

Mannika's 1997 book, "Angkor Wat: Time, Space, and Kingship," received a Choice award as one of the outstanding academic books of that year and has since become a best seller for the University of Hawaii Press. She is currently working on a book on the Bayon temple in Cambodia’s Angkor Thom ceremonial precinct.

The Bayly Art Museum’s Weedon lectures are made possible with the support of the Ellen Bayard Weedon Foundation. A second Weedon Lecture in the Arts of Asia will be held on Monday, March 19. Marylin Rhie, the Jessie Wells Post Professor of Art and East Asian Studies at Smith College will speak on "Buddhist Art, War, and Religion in Fourth Century China and Central Asia."

Contact: Jane Ford, (804) 924-4298

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SOURCE: U.Va. News Services

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