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Rubin Museum of Art ~ Victorious Ones - Jain Images of Perfection
Exhibit on Jainism from Sept 18, 2009 to Feb 15, 2010

DJSNA is pleased to inform you that the Rubin Museum of Art (One of the Leading Museums in the world concentrating on Himalayan Art & Culture) based in New York City, will be presenting an Exhibit on JAINISM from Sept 18, 2009 - Feb 15, 2010.

This is a rare chance for our community to be a part of this unique event that will be an introduction to thousands of Westerners for the first time to our JAIN Religion and Principles of Ahimsa, Aparigraha and Anketvad.

The Exhibit titled "Victorious Ones ~ Jain Images of Perfection, will have over 65 works of Jain art, some of which have never been publicly displayed. All the works of art portray the founding figures of Jainism. The Jinas are depicted in stone sculptures, bronzes, and paintings. Their life stories are told in illuminated manuscripts and the places where they are revered are portrayed in detailed pilgrimage maps and diagrams of the vast Jain cosmos. These diagrams afford a glimpse of a complex universe of multiple continents and encircling oceans, whose outermost reaches harbor temples containing images of the Jinas.

The exhibition also represents some of the highest moments in the Indian artistic tradition, with exceptional works drawn from private and public collections around the world, many of which have never before been on public view.

The Exhibit is sponsored by a lead gift from Sital & Suman Jain & Family and coordinated by Phyllis Granoff, Professor of Religious Studies at the Yale Graduate School.

Please make sure that you are part of this historic event by visiting the Rubin Museum in New York City. For more information, please visit the website of the Rubin Museum of Art > www.rmanyc.org/nav/exhibitions/view/309

Jainam Jayati Shasanam


Rubin Museum of Art (RMA)

Mission Statement

The Rubin Museum of Art (RMA) is a nonprofit cultural and educational institution dedicated to the art of the Himalayas. Its mission is to establish, present, preserve, and document a permanent collection that reflects the vitality, complexity, and historical significance of Himalayan art and to create exhibitions and programs designed to explore connections with other world cultures. RMA is committed to addressing a diverse audience-from connoisseurs and scholars to the general public and young children. Through its collection, library, exhibitions, and educational programs, RMA will become an international center for the preservation, study, and enjoyment of Himalayan art.

Rubin Museum of Art (RMA) History at a Glance

Founded in 1999 as a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit trust, the Rubin Museum of Art (RMA), the premier museum of Himalayan art in the Western world, opened to the public in October 2004. RMA is governed by an independent Board of Directors, which, with its professional staff, has led the museum to become universally recognized by newcomers and connoisseurs alike for showcasing the art of the Himalayan region. Through its collections and extensive public programming, the museum is a resource to the diverse communities that live in or travel to the New York region.

RMA engages visitors through exhibitions, educational and public programming, and special events that invite a broad range of cultural and historical exploration. With 25,000 square feet of gallery space-in addition to public spaces, an education studio, a state-of-the-art theater, a shop, and a cafe-RMA draws more than 100,000 visitors a year.

On view at any one time are numerous exhibitions, drawn from the RMA collection, with diverse themes which range from female Buddhas to divine madness and flying mystics to the origins of ancient Himalayan religions. The museum also serves as a venue for traveling exhibitions, bringing to New York audiences such critically acclaimed exhibitions as Tibet: Treasures from the Roof of the World; Eternal Presence: Handprints and Footprints in Buddhist Art; I See No Stranger: Early Sikh Art and Devotion; and The Missing Peace: Artists Consider the Dalai Lama.


The museum's collection of more than 2,000 works of art includes Himalayan paintings, sculpture, textiles, ritual objects, and prints spanning a period from the 2nd century to the 20th century. The works of art in the collection are drawn from the cultures that touch upon the 1,800 mile arc of mountains that extends from Afghanistan in the northwest to Myanmar (Burma) in the southeast and includes Tibet Autonomous Region, Nepal, Mongolia, and Bhutan. The larger Himalayan cultural sphere, determined by significant cultural exchange over millennia, includes Iran, India, China, Central Asia, and Southeast Asia.

Exhibitions and Programs

RMA offers an array of on- and off-site educational programs, as well as public programs such as talks and discussions, film screenings, live music, dance, poetry and other performances, and art demonstrations. The museum continues to refine a museum-wide access program in order to meet the needs of individuals with disabilities and special needs, language challenges, and at-risk and underserved segments of the population. A visit to RMA is enhanced by the presence of guides in the galleries, American Sign Language interpreted tours for hearing impaired visitors, Visual Imagery/Touch Tours for visual impaired visitors, and a wheel chair-accessible facility. Assistive listening devices and wheelchairs are also provided.


In collaboration with two affiliated organizations-the Tibetan Buddhist Resource Center (www.tbrc.org) and the Himalayan Art Resources (www.himalayanart.org)-RMA continues to design a menu of program options to advance the study of Himalayan arts and present varied aspects of its exhibitions. These partnerships support the museum's efforts in bridging the gap between scholarly investigation and overall information accessible to the general public.


RMA exhibitions and programs are supported by the National Endowment for the Humanities, the National Endowment for the Arts, The New York State Music Fund, the New York State Council on the Arts, the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, The New York Community Trust, The Donald J. Trump Foundation, the E. Rhodes and Leona B. Carpenter Foundation, Agnes Gund and Daniel Shapiro, the Henry Luce Foundation, JP Morgan Chase, The Starr Foundation, other generous corporate and foundation donors, and a growing roster of corporate and individual members.

Phyllis Granoff
Professor of Religious Studies
Director of Graduate Studies

Phyllis Granoff is Professor of Religious Studies and Director of Graduate Studies at the Department of Religious Studies. Her current research includes work on the origins of puranic Hinduism and the development of image worship in Indian religions, a study of pilgrimage in medieval India, particularly in Jainism, and a study of a medieval Indian dramatist and poetic theorist. She is also working on Jain and Buddhist monastic rules and systems of authority in medieval Indian law codes. She has done research in all of the classical religions of India--Buddhism, Hinduism, Jainism, and has also published articles on Indian art and literature. Her interests include contemporary Indian literature and she has published translations of short stories from Bengali and Oriya. She currently edits the Journal of Indian Philosophy. Her recent publications include Images in Asian Religions: Texts and Context, edited with Koichi Shinohara and soon to appear from the University of British Columbia Press, and Pilgrims, Patrons and Place, Localizing Sanctity in Asian Religions, also edited with Koichi Shinohara, published from the same press in 2003. She is currently guest curator for an exhibition of Jain art at the Rubin Museum, New York. The exhibition will open in September, 2009. Professor Granoff has been part of the Yale faculty since 2004. She previously taught at McMaster University, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada and has held visiting positions at the Ecole Pratique des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales, Berkeley, and Harvard.

email: phyllis.granoff@yale.edu
more: www.yale.edu/religiousstudies/facultypages/granoff.html

Phyllis Granoff
Professor of Religious Studies
Director of Graduate Studies
B.A. Radcliffe College;
Ph.D. Harvard University
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