Things are Happening

It is a bit premature to spill the full details about the whats happening, but I will let you piece together some possibilities on your own. Needless to say I am excited. This sudden euphoria is also is due in part because I have never physically seen our largest piece in the collection… this 10 x 9, 18th century Korean tapestry. As we get these cogs moving I will share what I can, when I can.

For now here is an overview of what you are looking at:

Possibly circa 1730 tapestry depicting the central figure of Buddha seated dhyanasana on a raised dias and backed by a double nimbus. Wearing monastic robes, he positions his hands in bhumisparsa* and dhyana mudra. He is flanked by two elaborately costumed and bejeweled bodhisattva, probably Avalokitesvara and Mañjusri. Standing in the background are attendant Buddhas. Seated in front are two figures in monastic garb. The figure in brown robes to the right is the Arhat Añgaja (Yin-chie-the Tsun-chê), one of the Buddha’s original eighteen disciples. The figure on the left is unidentified.

* The bhumisparsa (Earth-touching) mudra identifies the figure as the Historical Buddha, Sakyamuni, at the moment he reaches Enlightenment and touches the earth to announce the event.

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Ive got my windows closed and my HVAC up

There are movie museum positions with desks and budgets directly attached to the federal government where your day is all art all the time. You get sweet looking lab jackets over your incredibly professional clothing. You stride through hallways with confidence and a posture like you landed a lunar module with a calculator. All of the visitors gawk at your awesomeness and say, “president, pshhh…I want to be a curator, exhibitions manager or an archivist when I grow up.” You high five actual paintings within your institution and the ghosts of dead artists tell you how good of a job you are doing. Life is pretty damn good in that world.

…and then there are real museum positions with plungers, clogged toilets, wonky electrics, interesting smells and curious temperature fluctuations. Is that a dead rat, or raccoon? Cause if its a rat, it’s huge! What do you mean acid free tissue paper is $500 bucks a roll? I know, the labeling sucks…you’re right the Met’s is better. No, I haven’t seen how so and so does their lighting. Yes, I will look into it. It’s not in the budget, sorry bro.

and yet, life is still pretty damn good.

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