What’s happening in Asian art

Upcoming Two-Day Symposium at The Met

September 27, 2023

Stūpa drum panel with protective serpent, Amaravati stupa, Guntur district, Andhra Pradesh, Sātavāhana, second half of 1st century–early 2nd century CE, Limestone, 145×77.5×10 cm; Excavated by Walter Elliot, Commissioner of Guntur, 1845; transferred to Madras,1856; shipped to East India House, London, 1859; transferred to the India Museum, London; transferred to the British Museum, 1880; Collection: British Museum, London

Tree & Serpent: Early Buddhist Art in India and Its Global Reach
Friday, Sept 29 (10:30am-6pm) and Saturday, Sept 30 (10:30-6pm)
The Met Fifth Avenue – The Grace Rainey Rogers Auditorium
Free with Museum admission, registration required

Join an international group of scholars this Friday and Saturday for a two-day symposium presenting new scholarship around the themes explored in the current exhibition Tree & Serpent: Early Buddhist Art in India, 200 BCE–400 CE. The keynote lecture is presented by Gregory Schopen, Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Asian Languages and Cultures, University of California, Los Angeles.

Day 1: Friday, Sept. 29, 10:30am–6pm
Session 1: Origins of Buddhist Art in India
Session 2: Southern Buddhism of Āndhradeśa
Keynote lecture

Day 2: Saturday, Sept. 30, 10:30am–6pm
Session 3: Revisiting Āndhradeśa Art History
Session 4: India and the World—Looking West
Session 5: India and the World—Looking East
Roundtable discussion

You’re welcome to join for both days, or only the sessions that interest you.

Learn more and register here.