2017 / Japan Foundation Lecture: Deities in Japanese Arts – Session 3: Bodhisattvas, Nov. 14

“The Bodhisattva Jizo” circa 1070-1120, Gift of Anna Bing Arnold, Photo © Museum Associates/ LACMA

The Japan Foundation Los Angeles presents
Special Lecture Series “Deities in Japanese Art / Session 3: Bodhisattvas”
in collaboration with the Los Angeles County Museum of Art
on Tuesday, November 14, 7:00 pm
at the Japan Foundation, Los Angeles, 5700 Wilshire Blvd., Suite100, Los Angeles, CA 90036.

Street parking is available near JFLA. Click here for parking info.
Admission Free, RSVP Required

Rather than a purely academic approach to Japanese religious art, the purpose of this lecture series is to help participants’ locate visual clues by which the deities can be identified and differentiated.

The figures will be contextualized within Japanese religious history and connected to their iconographical antecedents in the arts of India, China, and Korea.

The third lecture will talk about Bodhisattvas, deities who have achieved enlightenment themselves but have delayed their own exit from the cycle of rebirth to guide others to enlightenment.

Japanese Buddhism is full of these strange yet wonderfully virtuous attendant deities, from the monk-like bodhisattva of the hells to the horse-headed bodhisattva of compassion.

This lecture series is the product of a special collaboration with the Los Angeles County Museum, Japanese Art Department.

Lecture by Michael VanHartingsveldt, junior collection management technician at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. He graduated in 2017 with a Master’s Degree in East Asian Art Business from Sotheby’s Institute of Art and Claremont Graduate University.