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Expert On Indian And Himalayan Art To Give U.Va. Art Museum’s Ellen Bayard Weedon Lecture In The Arts Of Asia On Feb. 10

January 28, 2005 --

WHAT:         U.Va. Art Museum’s Ellen Bayard Weedon Lecture in the Arts of Asia

“Mysteries of the Mandapa: Re-Investigating Philadelphia’s Indian Temple Hall”

WHO:          Darielle Mason

The Stella Kramrisch Curator of Indian and Himalayan Art
Philadelphia Museum of Art

WHEN:         Thursday, Feb. 10, 5:30 p.m.

WHERE:          Campbell Hall, Room 158

Darielle Mason, curator of Indian and Himalayan art at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, will give the University of Virginia Art Museum’s Ellen Bayard Weedon Lecture in the Arts of Asia at U.Va. on Feb. 10 at 5:30 p.m. in Campbell Hall, Room 158.

Mason’s talk, “Mysteries of the Mandapa: Re-Investigating Philadelphia’s Indian Temple Hall,” will focus on new research on the mandapa, the temple’s columned hall. “Pillared Hall from a Temple (Mandapa,)” at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, is the only example of Indian stone architecture to be found in an American museum.

An expert on Indian art, Mason is responsible for the renovation and reinstallation of the Indian and Himalayan Galleries at the Philadelphia Museum of Art and the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.

Mason received her B.A. in 1982 from Williams College and her Ph.D. in 1995 from the University of Pennsylvania. Prior to her current position at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, she was assistant curator in the Asiatic Department at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. She also is an adjunct associate professor in the Department of the History of Art at the University of Pennsylvania and an associate at the university’s South Asian Center. 

Her exhibitions include “Intimate Worlds: Indian Paintings from the Alvin O. Bellak Collection” at the Philadelphia Museum of Art in 2001 and “Devotion and Diversity: South Asian Sculpture from the Philadelphia Museum of Art” at the Palmer Museum of Art at Pennsylvania State University in 2000.

The lecture is free and open to the public. Parking is available in the museum and Culbreth Theatre lots and the A9 lot on Rugby Road by Madison Bowl .

For more information, call the University of Virginia Art Museum at (434) 924-3592 or visit the Web site: www.virginia.edu/artmuseum.

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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