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Talk: Seeing the Sacred in Samsara
Aug 10 @ 2:00 pm – 2:00 pm

What role do saints play in Buddhist traditions? Art collector Tenzin Tethong discusses this subject with Donald Lopez, Professor of Buddhist Studies at the University of Michigan. In his new book Seeing the Sacred in Samsara: An Illustrated Guide to the Eighty-Four Mahāsiddhas, Dr. Lopez presents a series of full-color paintings of each of the eighty-four Indian mahasiddhas, tantric Buddhist saints known for their supernatural powers, esoteric iconography, and wild, seemingly transgressive behaviors. Lopez offers historical, aesthetic, and religious insights into the works, while Tethong talks about his remarkable family history and the origins of the paintings.

Donald S. Lopez Jr. is the Arthur E. Link Distinguished University Professor of Buddhist and Tibetan Studies and Chair of the Department of Asian Languages and Cultures at the University of Michigan. He specializes in late Indian Mahayana Buddhism and Tibetan Buddhism and is the author of numerous books, including A Study of Svatantrika, The Madman’s Middle Way, and Prisoners of Shangri-la.

Gallery Talk: Whistler in Watercolor: Science and Conservation
Aug 15 @ 1:00 pm – 1:00 pm

For American artist James McNeill Whistler, watercolor was an important medium for artistic experimentation. How can science help us uncover an artist’s working process, understand materials, and see more than what first meets the eye? Go beneath the surface of Whistler’s watercolors with Blythe McCarthy, senior scientist.

My Iran: Six Women Photographers
Aug 22 @ 1:00 pm – 1:00 pm

How have social and political changes in Iran affected the lives of artists? Gain insights into the exhibition My Iran with Carol Huh, Associate Curator of Contemporary Asian Art, as she discusses works by six female photographers, exploring their aesthetic visions and the cultural context of their works.

Tuesday Talk— An 18th Century Cooking Challenge: Exploring Hannah Bloomfield’s Cookbook @ DAR Museum
Sep 10 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

What can Hannah Bloomfield’s handwritten recipe book from 1765 tell us about cooking and eating in the 18th century? We will explore this question while studying her life and recipes using her manuscript cookbook. Manuscript cookbooks are handwritten books containing recipes deliberately selected by the author, and carefully transcribed into a personal book. These books offer another way of understanding past lives and foodways, and also provide insight into the social and economic status of the middle and upper classes in early America.

Speaker: Carrie Blough, Associate Registrar/Assistant Curator