Indian and Himalayan Art Department Records
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Indian and Himalyan Art, which continues to define the purview of the department, became the official designation of the curatorial office in 1995. In earlier years, the office operated under the divisions of "Eastern Art" and "Oriental Art," becoming a separate "Indian Art" office in 1972.
The impetus for the growth and redefining of the department was largely due to Stella Kramrisch, who joined the Museum as its Indian art curator in 1954. Kramrisch died in 1993, bequesting her personal art collection to the Museum, and endowing the curatorial chair of the department to which she had devoted nearly 40 years of scholarship and service. In 1997 Darielle Mason joined the Museum as its first Stella Kramrisch Curator of Indian and Himalayan Art, a position she continues to hold. Katherine Paul served as Associate Curator from 2003 to 2008. Joining the staff in 2009, Yael Rice now holds that position.
This record group documents curatorial activities from approximately 1995 to the present. The records comprising this group at present pertain solely to the exhibition "Masterpieces of Indian Painting from the Alvin O. Bellak Collections." The exhibition ran from March 2 to April 29, 2001.
Early records of the department are part of the Far Eastern Art Department Records. For departmental records generated primarily during the tenure of Stella Kramrisch, see "Indian Art Department Records." This record group also includes the files for the 1995 exhibition, "Himalayan Paintings for Buddhist Meditation: Visualization of Passion and Enlightenment," which was held after Kramrisch's death but prior to Mason's curatorial appointment. For related documentation, see also Stella Kramrisch Personal Papers.
These materials were arranged and described by Bertha Adams, Susan Anderson and Megan Finn. Funded by a grant from The Institute of Museum and Library Services and National Historical Publications and Records Commission.
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Darielle Mason, The Stella Kramrisch Curator of Indian and Himalayan Art, organized an exhibition spanning five centuries of Indian art that featured some 90 paintings and drawings along with a selection of Indian metal vessels from the private collection of Alvin O. Bellak. The exhibited collection later joined the permanent holdings at the Philadelphia Museum of Art as a bequest from Dr. Bellak. The exhibition records are comprised of conservation files, installation and planning documents, educational and programming materials, and files relating to the exhibition catalogue. Files also document venues considered for a touring exhibition and the exhibition's travel to the Frist Center for the Visual Arts and the Seattle Art Museum in 2002 and 2003. In addition, records relating to Dr. Bellak, his collection, and his memorial services held in 2004 are also included in this subseries.
Records from this exhibition are arranged alphabetically by subject.