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U.Va. Symposium To Shed Light On East Asian International Buddhist Art And Architecture

September 19, 2005 --

WHAT:       Symposium – “The Dawn of East Asian International Buddhist Art and Architecture: Horyu-ji — Temple of the Exalted Law — in its Contexts”

WHEN:       Saturday, Oct. 1, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

WHERE:      Campbell Hall, Room 153

Archaeologists, architects and art and religious historians will gather at the University of Virginia on Oct. 1 to examine the broad cultural meanings of Japan’s Horyu-ji temple complex, a UNESCO World Heritage site. The complex includes some of the oldest and largest wooden buildings in the world and is a repository of a large quantity of Buddhist artworks. Symposium participants will examine the founding and reconstruction of the temple and the legacy of its founder as well as explore the cross-cultural importance of Horyu-ji as a storehouse of international Buddhist art and architecture in East Asia. 

         Symposium participants include:

  • Michael Como, assistant professor of religion, Columbia University;
  • Eric M. Field, a lecturer in the Department of Architecture and Landscape Architecture and senior systems engineer in information technology at the U.Va. School of Architecture;
  • Paul Groner, professor of Japanese and Chinese Buddhism in the Department of Religion at U.Va.;
  • Yunsheng Huang, associate professor of Asian architecture at U.Va.’s School of Architecture;
  • J. Edward Kidder Jr., professor emeritus of International Christian University in Tokyo and a renowned scholar of Japanese art and archaeology;
  • Nancy S. Steinhardt, professor of East Asian art in the Department of Asian and Middle Eastern Studies and curator of Chinese art at the Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology at the University of Pennsylvania; and
  • Dorothy Wong, associate professor of East Asian art at the Lindner Center for Art History of the McIntire Department of Art at U.Va.      

The symposium, which is free and open to the public, is sponsored by the University of Virginia Art Museum, the Ellen Bayard Weedon Foundation, the Lindner Center for Art History of the McIntire Department of Art and the East Asia Center.

For more information about the symposium or to order a box lunch, contact Sylvia New Strawn at (434) 924-6122 or sns@virgina.edu.

A schedule is available at www.virginia.edu/artmuseum/horyuji.html.

Contact: Jane Ford, (434) 924-4298

FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Contact the Office of University Relations at (434) 924-7116. Television reporters should contact the TV News Office at (434) 924-7550.

SOURCE: U.Va. News Services

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