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Five Faiths Project
Ackland Art Museum, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Combines original works of art, photographs, storytelling and community events to introduce information about the world religions of Hinduism, Judaism, Buddhism, Christianity, and Islam. For art-related teaching, see the subtopic Art On-line for links to five works of art from each of the five religious traditions.

Go to Museum Resource: http://ackland.org/five-faiths-project/
Goryeo Dynasty: Korea’s Age of Enlightenment
Asian Art Museum of San Francisco
"Few people are aware that the name Korea is derived from the name of the Goryeo (previously tranliterated as Koryo) dynasty. It was during this period (918–1392) that Korea became known to the world outside East Asia. This packet provides an overview of aspects of Goryeo society and Goryeo Buddhism as depicted in the arts of the period, including rare celadon (pale green–glazed) ceramics, Buddhist paintings and sculptures, illustrated sacred manuscripts (sutras), and ritual implements. Classroom activities include creating illuminated manuscripts and lotus lanterns." Please note that the .pdf version of this educator resource packet can be downloaded for free. The PayPal link next to the resource is for buying the packet in booklet form with an image CD and slides.

Go to Museum Resource: http://asianart.com/exhibitions/korea/index.html
Japanese Mandalas: Emanations and Avatars
The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Online presentation of a 2009 exhibition on the mandalas of Japanese Esoteric Buddhism. With images of 25 artworks, mostly from the 12th to the 14th century.

Go to Museum Resource: http://www.metmuseum.org/exhibitions/listings/2009/japanese-mandalas
Montien Boonma: Temple of the Mind
Asia Society
Online presentation of a 2003 retrospective exhibition of works by Thai artist Montien Boonma (1953-2000). The exhibition, according to the introductory text here, "traces Boonma's artistic development in the context of his deep engagement with Buddhism." Five of his works -- all sculptural installations -- are featured here, with brief descriptive text and additional images showing the installation process.

Go to Museum Resource: http://sites.asiasociety.org/arts/boonma/index.html
Pilgrimage and Buddhist Art
Asia Society
"Pilgrimage, a journey to a sacred place as an act of religious devotion, is important to many faiths. In Buddhism, the practice is especially significant. Pilgrimage and Buddhist Art is the first major exhibition to explore the relationship between Buddhist pilgrimage and Asian art. Through over ninety objects—including narrative paintings and sculptures, as well as mandalas, prayer wheels, and maps—from significant North American collections, this exhibition examines the ways in which Buddhist pilgrimage became the impetus for the development of new forms of art and visual culture as well as a source of inspiration to artists and craftsmen across Asia."

Go to Museum Resource: http://pilgrimage.asiasociety.org/
The Sacred Arts of Tibet
Asian Art Museum of San Francisco
"This packet features an overview of the culture, history, and arts of Tibet, with a focus on the influence of Buddhism. Activities include making a sculpture in the style of a Tibetan torma (traditionally, a sculpture of butter and roasted barley flour made as a devotional offering) and readings that address topics ranging from traditional Tibetan arts to contemporary Tibetan culture." Please note that the .pdf version of this educator resource packet can be downloaded for free. The PayPal link next to the resource is for buying the packet in booklet form with an image CD and slides.

Go to Museum Resource: http://www.asianart.org/educatorresources.htm
The Third Mind: American Artists Contemplate Asia, 1860-1989
Guggenheim Museum
"This exhibition traces how Asian art, literature, and philosophy were transmitted and transformed within American cultural and intellectual currents, influencing the articulation of new visual and conceptual languages. It explores how American art evolved through a process of appropriation and integration of Asian sources that developed from the 1860s through the 1980s, when globalization came to eclipse earlier, more deliberate modes of cultural transmission and reception." Focuses on the following seven themes: 1) Aestheticism & Japan; 2) Landscapes of the Mind; 3) Modern Poetry & Dance; 4) Postwar Abstract Art; 5) Buddhism & the Neo-Avant-Garde; 6) Ecstatic Minimalism; 7) Performance & Video Art.

Go to Museum Resource: http://web.guggenheim.org/exhibitions/exhibition_pages/thirdmind/index.html
Tibet: Treasures from the Roof of the World
National Palace Museum
Online presentation of a 2010 exhibition on Tibetan Buddhism. Four topics are discussed, each with images of relevant objects from the exhibition: 1) The Tibetan Empire; 2) Golden Treasures; 3) Cultural Exchange; 4) Customs in the Land of Snow.

Go to Museum Resource: http://www.npm.gov.tw/en/visiting/exhibit/exhibit_04.htm?docno=655
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